Robin Hood's Bay

Discover Robin Hood's Bay

Robin Hood’s Bay is a true gem of the Yorkshire Coastline. Brooding cliffs tower over a village of quaint charming cottages which spill right down to the edge of the sea. This picturesque destination is perfect for a cosy getaway where you can embrace the village’s unusual architecture and uncover the fascinating smugglers secrets of the bay.

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About Robin Hood's Bay

Robin Hood's Bay is a small fishing village and a bay located in the North York Moors National Park, 6 miles south of Whitby and 15 miles north of Scarborough on the coast of North Yorkshire.

Bay Town, its local name, is in the ancient chapelry of Fylingdales in the wapentake of Whitby Strand.

Start / End of Coast to Coast

Robin Hood's Bay is the end point of Wainwright's Coast to Coast route.

It is also on the Cleveland Way national trail.

Origin of the Name

With such an evocative name, you would think it would be obvious where the name was given... but not so!The origin of the name is uncertain, and it is doubtful, that (legendary - and not certain to have existed) Robin Hood was ever in the vicinity of the village.

An English ballad and legend tell a story of Robin Hood encountering French pirates who came to pillage the fishermen's boats and the northeast coast. The pirates surrendered and Robin Hood returned the loot to the poor people in the village that is now called Robin Hood's Bay... or so the story goes.

What is certain, is the village now bears the name.

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