At the beginning of February Liz, Sally the dog and I went for a short break just up the coast to Robin Hood’s Bay. The North Yorkshire village is located five miles south of Whitby and 15 miles north of Scarborough. The old part of the village is picturesque, and perches at the foot of a cliff. In the nineteenth century it was an important fishing port, but now that trade has died out. It’s main business now is tourism. At the time of our visit it was all a bit grim and wintry, as you’ll see from the photo’s, but the beaches are fantastic in summer. It’s a very low key resort, which I like: it manages to keep much of it’s character.
Robin Hood’s Bay is a popular place to stay, and has a thriving local artistic and musical community. The village is also a good place for walkers: it’s situated at the eastern end of the Coast to Coast long distance footpath and is also on the Cleveland way, which runs north to south. The village has a good website with lots of further information at https://www.robin–hoods–bay.co.uk/.
The village and surrounding area are well worth a visit if you get the chance. It wasn’t the best tourism weather when we visited, but the big advantage of visiting in winter is the peace and quiet. Robin Hood’s Bay can get quite crowded at the height of summer. The pictures below are mainly of the bay and surrounding area. If you like mist-wreathed cliffs and iron grey seas, there’s probably something here for you.