After visiting Leeds, my great British road trip continues in the North York Moors National Park. Specifically, in a little village on a big beach. I’m spending 2 days in Robin Hood’s Bay, and I’m so excited to be here.
2 Days in Robin Hood’s Bay
Following lovely stops in the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, Chester, Wales, Wiltshire, London, the Cotswolds, Nottingham, and the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle, my boyfriend and I conduct our camper van to the coast.
Robin Hood’s Bay is a jewel at the bottom of a hill on the sea. Tucked away out of sight from the main beaches, this little fishing village once served as a useful smuggling point for contraband from Europe. Legend also has it that Robin Hood encountered pirates here. He redistributed their booty to the village poor, giving the place its name.
Today Robin Hood’s Bay is a treasure trove of tiny streets and pretty cottages, all with the benefit of waterfront views. In fact, that’s the reason I’m here. I’ve seen so many photos of it on social media over the years that I had to come see for myself.
Robin Hood’s Bay
Now that I’m here I can attest to its beauty. Walking down the hill, I start to catch glimpses of the village. Narrow passages lead to colorful doors and moss-covered stones as stairways give way to cottages with orange tile roofs.
I weave in and out of the streets, walking up one slope and down another as I make my way deeper into the labyrinth. Every once in a while I come out on a terrace over the sea or find myself in front of a cozy pub.
One such pub makes a great stop for dinner by candle light, and my boyfriend and I have a seafood feast steps away from the water.
The next morning we wake up to a golden sunrise over the bay. It’s just the weather we’re hoping for, as we’ve planned to spend the second of our 2 days in Robin Hood’s Bay walking.
Lacing up our boots, we head out for a 10-mile hike through pastures, across moorland, and along beaches. We first walk from Robin Hood’s Bay to Ravenscar, a village along the coast. After eating lunch overlooking the water, we head along the sand and through the delightfully named Boggle Hole to get back to where we started.
The walk is the perfect way to get a feel for the local area and see views of Robin Hood’s Bay. By the time we return to the camper van we feel like we’ve seen a lot of the coast.
But not all of it. There’s still much seafront to cover before we head inland to reach our next destination. We’re off to Durham, so we hop in the camper van and hit the road. Stay tuned…
How about you? How would you spend 2 days in Robin Hood’s Bay?