A quaint, attractive fishing village clinging to the cliffs between Scarborough and Whitby, Robin Hood’s Bay is a popular place to while away a pleasant day out and because of this it teems with visitors on sunny, summer days. Its charm lies in a peaceful blend of a romantic past, brimful of tales of smuggling and contraband, a stunning setting, narrow, winding streets and a warm welcome. This area of coastline offers some superb beaches and the wide stretch of sand leading from the village in the Bay is family friendly and ideal for fossil hunting at low tide, keeping younger holidaymakers occupied for hours at a time. There are some excellent cliff-top walks; the Coast to Coast long distance path passes through the Bay, and for those with a little spare energy an excellent traffic-free coastal cycle trail, ideal for all the family, starts at nearby Hawsker.
The stunning part of the coastline around Robin Hood’s Bay has attracted artists and craftspeople of many disciplines through the years, and this is evident in the galleries and craft shops of the village, in the live music in the local pubs, and in the workshops open to the public. The local museum at Fisherhead is worth a visit, as is the Old Coastguard Station on the Dock, with interactive displays on the local history and geology.
Excellent Yorkshire cooking is on the menu at a variety of pubs, restaurants and tea rooms clustered among the guesthouses in the steep, tumbling streets of the Bay, and the local shops still retain a largely independent flavour, with an old-fashioned sweet shop, local butcher’s, and of course freshly caught fish and lobster brought in with the day’s catch. Further along Yorkshire’s Heritage Coast, the popular seaside resorts of Filey, Scarborough and Whitby are all within easy reach, whilst the stunning countryside of the North Yorks Moors National Park is on the doorstep.
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