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Discover a Smugglers Lair

Posted on 24th May 2019 by Rachel Martin

It’s probably one of the most photographed locations on the North Yorkshire Coast, and no trip to this part of the world is complete without a visit to Robin Hood’s Bay.

Make sure you have plenty of energy, as the steep street snaking down from the clifftop to the beach at the bottom, lined with lovely shops and cafes, seems even steeper on the way back up.

The mosaic on the parapet wall overlooking the sea is believed to be one of the longest in the country and depicts a timeline of events in Robin Hood’s Bay, from the Jurassic period to the present day, including fossils, smuggling, shipwrecks, storms, fishing and wildlife.

Robin Hood’s Bay has a strong literary heritage, too: writer Leo Walmsley grew up there and his Bramblewick series is set in the town, and is the eastern end of Alfred Wainwright’s famous 190-mile Coast to Coast walk. It is also a popular stopping off point for those walking the Cleveland Way, and if you’re on the coast over the winter, the festive Victorian Weekend in early December is worth a visit.

Take a look at our selection of cottages close to Robin Hoods Bay, perfect for making the most of your escape to North Yorkshire.