ROBIN HOOD'S BAY
Our beautiful and ancient fisherman’s village.
Robin Hood’s Bay is a picturesque and unspoilt fishing village situated on the stunning Yorkshire Heritage Coast between Whitby (the landing place of Bram Stoker’s Dracula) to the north and Scarborough to the south. The “Bay” has had a colourful past starting out as a fishing village and becoming one of the major smugglers villages of the East Coast in the 17th and 18th centuries, with many a tale about all the houses being linked by secret doorways and underground passages. It is told that whenever her majesty’s customs officers were in the area a bolt of silk could be landed in the dock and passed from cottage to cottage without ever seeing the light of day until it emerged at the top of the not insignificant bank.
Situated in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, with a plethora of day out experiences to offer through a varied and beautiful landscape. With its steam railway (featured in the popular Harry Potter films), Broxa and Dalby forests and many picture postcard villages to explore.
The village of Robin Hood’s Bay is seen as being a gem in this protected part of God’s Own Country and with many of the cottages in the lower village being Listed. The unspoilt character of the village means it still looks as it would have several decades if not centuries before.
The old village is a maze of narrow winding cobbled streets with higgledy-piggledy stone cottages perched one on top of the other, many clinging to the sheer cliffs, which plummet to the sea below. The vast beach (at low tide) has it all, good firm sand, rock pools and for the patient fossils can be found in the soft cliffs. It has also been awarded a “blue flag” which means it is amongst the cleanest and well looked after beaches in the UK; the flag itself can be found on the Quarterdeck. The village is popular all year round and is perfect for summer holidays or winter breaks and forms a good base for the enthusiastic walker with both the Cleveland Way and the Coast-to-Coast paths.
There are a number of restaurants, pubs and cafes in the Bay, including our favourite fine dining experience, Bramblewick. The food and wine list are exceptional. The Victoria does great pub food and is child friendly and Wayfair does great steak and also allows children. The Laurel is the ideal place to drink good beer all afternoon on those wet days.
Tea, Toast & Post does fabulous breakfasts and does Elle Estelle and The Galley situated on the Quarterdeck near the beach doe great take-away coffee, paninis and baked potatoes.
There are two fish and chip shops and both are pretty good and there’s also a post office, tennis court and children’s play area all in the upper village.
“The dinosaur shop” as it’s known by our children, is fabulous and sells a multitude of different fossils, semi precious stones and glass.
Bertie’s of Bay is located at the old bakery and design and make high end traditional fisherman’s clothing with a modern twist and also have their own range of handmade candles. Owned by our fantastically talented local artisan Matthew.
There are several other shops, selling local jewellery, gifts, clothes, etc and our current favourite is on the Dock and sells lovely quality childrens gifts and toys. There’s also Browns chocolate shop, Dollies sweet shop and the ice cream van is parked up on the beach most days!
Muir Lee stores is the village grocery shop and stocks everything you could want. We are proud our welcome packs come from this local operator.
A 10 minute walk down the beach brings you to Boggle Hole (YHA) where you will find a lovely licensed restaurant/cafe – a great place to take the children and they also have lots of outisde seating which is ideal on hot summer days. In winter they have the log burner lit and there are games such as chess, draughts etc on offer.
Robin Hood’s Bay – A wonderful place to stay and enjoy the best the Yorkshire Coast has to offer.
Fun on the beach at low tide with the village in the far distance!