Robin Hood's Bay

Robin Hood's Bay

Robin Hood's Bay, five miles south of Whitby, is a picturesque village of quaint old cottages hanging precariously to the hillside on cobbled streets and steep gradients.

The village has a tradition of smuggling, and it is reputed that the houses are linked by a network of underground passageways. The main legitimate activity had always been fishing, but this started to decline in the late 19th century. Today tourism is the principal industry.

Robin Hood's Bay is the setting for the Bramblewick books by the author Leo Walmsley, who was educated in the schoolroom of the old Wesleyan Chapel in the lower village.

Robin Hood's Bay is renowned for the large number of fossils to be found on its beach.

Robin Hood's Bay is the conclusion of the Coast to Coast Walk which begins at St Bee's in Cumbria. The Coast to Coast Walk, based on a book by Alfred Wainwright is one of the most popular of all the long-distance walks in the UK.

OS grid reference NZ 955 055

Useful and informative links

Bayfair: monthly newspaper for Robin Hood's Bay and Fylingdales
Robin Hood's Bay photographs from Geograph
Robin Hood's Bay Tourism Association
Wikipedia article on Robin Hood's Bay

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