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BED AND BREAKFAST
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Robin Hood's Bay
Whitby 
North yorkshire
YO22 4RA
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Robin Hood's Bay is a picturesque old fishing village on the Heritage Coast within the North yorkshire Moors national park.
The narrow streets and quaint cottages make Robin Hood's Bay one of the most attractive and charming villages on the English coast line.
Every twist and turn of the village streets brings into view another picture postcard scene.

Red pan tiles decorate the roofs of stone cottages and low tide offers great fossil hunting and exploring.
Some of the long distance walks such as the Cleveland Way, Lyke Wake Walk and the Coast - to - Coast pass through or end at Robin Hood's Bay.
The surrounding landscape is spectacular, from the northern most point of Ness sweeping round the bay to the southern headland of Ravenscar.

Welcome to Robin Hood’s Bay
Robin Hood’s Bay
Known locally as Bay, or Baytown, the village of Robin Hood’s Bay began as a fishing community in the 1500’s.  By 1820 it was one of the most prosperous fishing villages along the coast with over 130 fishermen and their families living there.
Cod. lobster, herring and crab were caught from small fishing boats called cobles.

The Village
Robin Hood’s Bay village is divided into two parts. The oldest stone built cottages and narrow streets are built into the steep cliff side of the coast, forming a compact village ending at the seashore.  The newer grander 19th century homes of former sea captains enjoy good views out to sea from the top of the village once known as Upbank.

Smuggler’s Haunt
High taxes in the 18th century made smuggling a profitable and common occupation in coastal villages such as Robin Hood’s Bay.  Rum, brandy, tobacco, tea and silk were brought to these shores from Holland & France.  Gangs of smugglers delivered this precious booty inland along a network of underground passages and secret tunnels through the village.

The Sea and the Shore
Low tide reveals a wide rocky platform marked with a series of curving ridges or scars (scaurs).  These are formed as the sea wears away the soft shale in between the layers of hard limestone.
Robin Hood’s Bay is famous for fossils – marine creatures and plants that were buried in the mud millions of years ago.

North Yorkshire Moors
North Yorkshire Moors National Park covers an area of 554 miles2 (1436 km2) and has a wide variety of scenery and boasts:
• Largest expanse of heather, moor land in England & Wales
• 26 miles of spectacular heritage coast
• an internationally important site for upland breeding birds
• rolling dales with traditional farms, barns and dry stone walls
• broad leaf woods and conifer forests
• moor land crosses, historic buildings and picturesque villages


 
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