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Picturesque fishing village on the edge of the Yorkshire Moors

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Robin Hood's Bay

The small picturesque fishing village of Robin Hood's Bay set off the edge of the Yorkshire Moors is said to be one of the most popular, charming and beautiful villages in the county.

Just a stone's throw from the pretty seaside town of Whitby, the village boasts a raw and beautiful part of the Yorkshire coastline. Ragged cliffs tower over the huddled cosy fishermen’s cottages with pantile red roofs that fall all the way down to the water’s edge. The village has the presence of being lost in time, offering an abundance of unspoilt architecture and breathtaking scenery in which to immerse yourself in.

Steeped in history with dramatic ‘scars’ (Nordic for rock) surrounding the bay, the area tells a story of an ancient fishing village that reportedly during the 18th century had the busiest smuggling community on the Yorkshire coast. You can learn all about its shipping and geological past in the local museum or pop by the visitors centre located in the Old Coastguard Station to get a real sense of the stories and local legends.

Robin Hood's Bay

Filled with striking natural landscapes and awe-inspiring sights, Robin Hood’s Bay will delight the senses. This peaceful village is sheltered by majestic cliffs, which also offer the most magnificent views over this pretty location. Further inland, immerse yourself in magical locations such as Sneaton Forest bursting with luscious woodland walks and wildlife trails, ideal for adventurous visitors and nature lovers. The forest is also home to the Falling Foss Tea Garden, an enchanting spot nestled near the exquisite Falling Foss waterfall. It’s the ultimate place to unwind and enjoy total tranquillity.

Robin Hood’s Bay isn’t your average bucket and spade location yet it's still perfect for the whole family. At low tide explore the rock pools or watch the colourful fishing boats bobbing in the glistening waters. For the fossil hunters amongst you, the area is packed full of geological treasures just waiting to be discovered.

“Its rugged isolation and picturesque village offer a peaceful spot to unwind and re-energise”

The bay is home to a variety of local events and celebrations throughout the year and is most famously known for its annual Victorian Weekend in December. Join in the fun with traditional dress of the period paired with plenty of exciting activities for the whole family. It’s the perfect time to admire Robin Hood’s Bay at Christmas with twinkling lights and street entertainment filling the village with community cheer. Another of the bay’s top activities, namely The Robin Hood’s Bay Ghost Walk, gives you a guided tour of the village filled with tales of shipwrecks, smugglers and folklore steeped in mystery and intrigue. Loved by children and adults alike, it’s an ideal complement when staying in the area.

There are plenty of things to do and see in this intriguing Yorkshire village and Robin Hood’s Bay is undoubtedly the ideal base for the whole family.

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While you’re there

The Original Robin Hood’s Bay Ghost Walk

Listen to folklore and legend tales of shipwrecks, smuggling and sailors during this unique tour through the tiny streets.

Sneaton Forest

Miles of wonderful woodland walks await, as well as the stunning Falling Foss waterfall.

Old Coastguard Station

Cared for by the National Trust, discover through numerous displays why this is such a special part of the Yorkshire coast.

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