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Robin Hood's Bay

The old fishing and smuggling village of Robin Hood’s Bay has a reputation far wider than its size suggests, and if you spend some time here you’ll soon see why. Stupendous views from the top of the village, atmospheric alleys down by the quayside, and a sweeping bay and soaring cliffs beyond - there’s a sense of history and grandeur that impresses every visitor.

Things to see and do

Find out more at the National Park mobile display unit in the station car park. It is staffed by Voluntary Rangers throughout the summer and on many weekends during the rest of the year, depending on the weather. The National Trust runs the Old Coastguard Station, a visitor centre by the quayside with fun displays about the bay and seashore.

For more about the local history – including the connection with England's most famous outlaw – visit Robin Hood's Bay Museum, which has exhibits about local geology, shipping, fishing and smuggling. Owned by The Churches Conservation Trust, Old St Stephen's Church is well worth a visit to see its interior, which hasn't changed since it was built in 1822. There are also exhibitions, concerts, churchyard walks and special services such as Gansey Sunday.

Fancy going on the beach?

Always check the times of the tides, so that you don’t get cut off. It's fantastic here for rock-pooling, beach-combing, exploring and playing. Boggle Hole is easily reached at low tide along the shore or by the cliff path at other times. The old mill there is now a youth hostel, and has a walkers' café .


The "Robin Hood's Bay" wallk leaflet - available in local shops and at the National Park mobile information unit - features 3 easy-to-follow local walks, complete with maps and information. You can also walk to Whitby (7 miles) on the clifftop coastal path that forms part of the Cleveland Way National Trail. The path and trail also runs south of Robin Hood's Bay towards Scarborough. Wainwright's famous Coast to Coast Walk ends its journey from St Bees in Cumbria at Robin Hood's Bay. A plaque by the quayside marks the end of the walk.

Is this beach Dog Friendly?

Yes, Robin Hood's Bay is currently completely dog friendly, all year round.

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