The unspoilt stretch of beach at Robin Hood’s Bay is a perfect example of natural beauty. Although submerged under the glistening water at high tide, the jagged shore is exposed when the tide is out, creating marvellous rock pools for you to explore. The spot, which sits on the Dinosaur Coast, is also great for fossil hunting, so enjoy looking at the rock formations for a fascinating fossil or two.
The Robin Hood’s Bay Tourism Association was set up over 20 years ago with aim of supporting the local community and businesses through the sympathetic promotion of tourism, whilst at the same time protecting the natural beauty and heritage of the local area. It is run entirely by volunteers from the local community. They told us “Robin Hood’s Bay is a picturesque old fishing village on the Heritage Coast of the North Yorkshire Moors. It is a fantastic place for adults and children alike with a beautiful family (and dog !) friendly sandy beach, as well as rock pools to explore and ancient fossils to discover. Wandering through its narrow, twisting cobbled streets and alleyways, you can easily imagine the sailors and fishermen, smugglers and press gangs that walked these streets hundreds of years ago. Today it is a vibrant village, with a wide range of cafes, pubs, restaurants, small shops and places to explore, as well as many stunning coastal and country walks, cycle-paths and bridleways right on the doorstep.”
“A 6-mile circular walk from Robin Hood’s Bay on the North Yorkshire coast. The route joins the Cleveland Way coastal path heading north to reach Maw Wyke, before turning inland through a caravan park to join the Cinder Track, a disused railway line, for the return leg”, says Richard from iFootpath.
“The paths can all get quite muddy after periods of wet weather and the Cleveland Way has several climbs and descents through gullies. The surfaces are at some points paved with rocks as steps but these can also get quite slippery. There are no stiles, just a few gates and kissing gates. Keep children and dogs under close control on the coastal path as the cliff edges are unfenced and have very sheer drops. Where landslides disrupt the route there will be diversions into the adjacent fields which are likely to be holding both sheep and cattle (although the fields are very big, so this doesn’t really pose a problem). You are likely to be sharing the return leg along the old railway with both horse riders and cyclists.”