Robin Hood’s Bay

Robin Hood’s Bay is a real mix. Its charming fishing village atmosphere has been preserved and not overrun with amusement arcades but it still has that family friendly vibe.

About Robin Hood’s Bay

As the name suggests, Robin Hood’s Bay is exactly that, a ‘bay’.

Known for its steep cobbled streets, quality fish & chip restaurants and chocolate box holiday cottages, Robin Hood’s Bay usually attracts those who are looking for a quiet seaside location to enjoy.

This once sleepy fishing village has a sandy beach with a combination of rocks and pebbles, making the ideal place to hunt for fossils, especially the day after some harsh weather.

In recent times, i’ve found some amazing fossils at Robin Hood’s Bay, including ammonites and belemnites. If you head down onto the beach and walk right along the cliffs, this is the ideal place to find fossils at Robin Hood’s Bay.


Robin Hood’s Bay is located just 5 and a half miles South of Whitby. If you are using a navigation decide, you should use: Robin Hood’s Bay, Whitby YO22 4QN.

Getting to Robin Hood’s Bay

Robin Hood’s Bay is relatively easy to get to with almost any form of transport.

On foot

Robin Hood’s Bay beach can be accessed from the village on foot, or if you have poor mobility, there are local taxi’s that can drive you down to the beach.

If you enjoy seeing as much of nature as possible and want to visit Robin Hood’s Bay, you can easily walk to the popular fishing village on the Cleveland Way trail which passes through most of the North Yorkshire Coast towns and villages.

From Whitby

The walk along the Cleveland Way trail from Whitby to Robin Hood’s Bay is around 6.5 miles, taking around 2 hours 30 minutes for an average speed walker. You can join the Cleveland Way trail just behind Whitby Abbey which itself offers fantastic views out to see and across Whitby harbour.

From Ravenscar

If you are heading to Robin Hood’s Bay from Ravenscar, you can access the Cleveland Way trail just near to the toilets off Station Road. The walk from Ravenscar is slightly shorter at just 3.7 miles, taking around 1 hour and 40 minutes to reach Robin Hood’s Bay.

By car

Getting to Robin Hood’s Bay by car is easy. You will want to head towards the A171, Robin Hood’s Bay Road and you’ll come across a turning for Flyingthorpe and Robin Hood’s Bay.

Once you turn down here, you will travel for a further 2 miles until you reach the large public car park, located at Robin Hood’s Bay Rd, Robin Hood’s Bay, Whitby YO22 4QN.

By bus

If you’d prefer to make your way to Robin Hood’s Bay by bus, you can access the regular service from the following towns; Scarborough, Whitby, Middlesborough and Guisborough.

The bus runs roughly every 30 minutes or so, but you can view the timetable for a clear time. Prices are dependent on the type of ticket you require, but you can buy tickets in advance using the Arriva website.

Facilities at Robin Hood’s Bay

Even though Robin Hood’s Bay is a small fishing village, there are plenty of facilities around the beach so you can spend a few hours there without needing to head out early.

Toilets: There are a couple of toilet blocks at Robin Hood’s Bay, one located at the Bank Top (Robin Hood’s Bay, Whitby YO22 4RR) and another at Station Car Park (Station Rd, Robin Hood’s Bay, Whitby YO22 4RE) although this one is only open during the Summer months.

Washing facilities: There are no public showers at Robin Hood’s Bay but you can access the water from the sink in the toilet blocks to wash sand from your feet or give to your dog for drinking.

Cafe’s/Restaurants: You’re never far from a pub, restaurant or cafe at Robin Hood’s Bay, including the Bay Hotel, Smugglers Bistro, Ye Dolphin and Elle Estelles to name a few.

There’s also a wide range of Fish & Chip restaurants and takeaways, which is a popular option when by the seaside.

Fish Bites and Chips from Maid Marion Fisheries

Shops: Most of the shops in Robin Hood’s Bay are souvenir or gift shops, but there should be a shop for all your needs in Robin Hood’s Bay, including Dollies Sweet Shop for your treats and Berties of Bay for any last minute clothing items you need.

Are dogs allowed at Robin Hood’s Bay?

Dogs are allowed on the beach at Robin Hood’s Bay all year round and there are no restrictions. You should bring dog bags with you and dispose of any waste in the bins around the village.

What is there to do at Robin Hood’s Bay?

Whilst there are no real activities or amusements at Robin Hood’s Bay, so it’s a place better suited to those who enjoy outdoor activities such as walking or fossil hunting. If you have children, you could always try crabbing or visit the Old Coastguard Station which is part of the National Trust.

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