Explore on foot

Sometimes you just want to leave it all behind for a while. And that's what Robin Hood's Bay is perfect for. Indeed, the first thing you do here is abandon your car on the cliff top before beginning the twisting descent through this timeless village on foot. On either side of you, picturesque dwellings and cobbled alleyways seem to tumble into each other, right up to the very edge of the coast - a fact that 18th century smugglers used to hide their illicit trade. And here's a handy tip for you - always note the location of your holiday cottage or hostel, as you may struggle to find your way back!

Fish. Fossils. And freedom.

Tucked away in this charming tangle are a cluster of guesthouses, inns and hostels, and enough culinary delights keep the hungriest traveller happy with a fine selection of locally caught fish and Yorkshire cream teas. Be sure to check out the Laurel Inn where the bar is carved out of solid rock! History buffs should head to the local museum and the visitors' centre in the Old Coastguard Station. Or if you've children with you why not explore the huge, unspoilt beach - it's one of the UK's best spots for fossil hunting.

History around every corner

The perfect place for a long weekend, you can cosy up, enjoy a late breakfast then spend the afternoon exploring the coastal pathways. But if you're staying for longer you might want to explore a little further afield.

  • Head inland into the beautiful Sneaton Forest and its famous Falling Foss Waterfall.
  • If you're feeling particularly adventurous, why not check the tide timetable and walk three miles along the beach to nearby Ravenscar - a favourite of George III.

For sheer beauty, few places along Yorkshire's coast, or indeed the UK's, can compare with Robin Hood's Bay. And for just a village, there's a lot to do. But without doubt Robin Hood's Bay's greatest attractions are its rugged isolation and unhurried pace of life - the perfect antidote to today's world.

Located within The North York Moors

There's nowhere else on earth quite like the North York Moors National Park. Where else can you experience a landscape where stunning moorland, ancient abbeys and picturesque villages live side by side in such perfect harmony? It's a living, breathing scene that will take your breath away.