Robin Hoods Bay village is like an Enid Blyton story (for those that remember them). It is a child's adventure waiting to happen, with the "streets" being the best place to play Hide and Seek I have ever known, the whole village is one big adventure playground. Stretch those legs and enjoy a section of the Cleveland Way National Trail, or admire the views from horse back with a hack along the coast. Don't miss the local museum, showcasing a replica of a smuggler's house, or Old St. Stephen's Church - austere from the outside but beautifully adorned inside with an exquisite three-decker pulpit. The local Geology Trust offers guided fossil walks and talks, and you can learn more about the Bay's natural landscape at the Old Coastguard Station, a visitor and education centre owned by the National Trust.
What our current visitors are enjoying
Details on blackboard on the Slipway leading to the beach
Old St. Stephens Church
They say the history of a place is told in its churchyard. Here gravestones show the lives of fishermen, mariners and their families were short and obviously tough. Streets and cottages in Robin Hoods Bay are named after some of those buried here. There has been a church here for over 1000 years - this one was rebuilt in 1892.
Old Coastguard Station
Now run by the National Trust, provides information on sealife and how the tides are influenced by the moon. A lot of interesting local information.
There are a lot of local walks to suit all standards. Robin Hoods Bay is the last point on the Coast to Coast walk from St Bees on the west coast, to the Bay on the east coast, a total of 192 miles. The old railway line provides a good flat walk to Whitby and the coastal path in the same direction is more challenging. A walk to the top of Bay Bank will prove enough for others!
Bikes can be hired from Trailways (The Old Railway Station), Hawsker (on the Whitby Road from Robin Hoods Bay) 01947 820207. There is a track - the old railway line which runs from Whitby to Scarborough (28 miles away) - could be quite a serious ride!
Tennis, Bowls and Putting
The local club is open to visitors. Enquiry phone number 01947 895538.
Croquet or Golf
At Raven Hall Hotel ( the headland to the south of the Bay.) Enquiry phone number 01723 870353. Worth a visit just for the views from the gardens, or croquet followed by a drink on the lawn! It's beautiful.
The beach here is a great place for finding ammonites, belemnites, corals and slipper shell fossils. The constant eroding of the Jurassic shales allow new fossils to appear and hunting for them can be great fun, especially when you remember that a whole dinosaur was found only a few miles from the Bay.
Crabbing and Shrimping
Is there anything better than hunting in the rock pools for tiny sea creatures? Something the whole family can enjoy together. Local shops sell nets, buckets and lines.
A Walk to Ravenscar on the beach
**CHECK YOU HAVE TIME BEFORE YOU ARE CUT OFF BY THE TIDE** at the end of the beach is a rocky finger (scaur) sticking out into the North Sea - this is the home to a colony of seals. It's lovely to watch them, but don't get too close! You can then either walk back on the beach if you have timed the tides well, or you can climb up the steep and narrow path up the cliff face, through the golf course and end up at the Ravenhall Hotel. You can stop for refreshments or a game of croquet, then either walk back along the old railway line, or, if you have had enough, phone for a taxi to take you back to the Bay.
The Treasure Hunt from the Fish Shop
This is only £1 and will keep the kids occupied for hours!
There is a Webber BBQ on the patio. Charcoal can be bought from the village shop or Sainsburys (on the Whitby Road) and the Butchers in Fylingthorpe (opposite the park) makes up burgers and BBQ kebabs. The fish shop will have seasonal fish and the owners are great at coming up with suggestions for how to cook things in a different way.