Robin Hoods Bay is one of the most picturesque and photographed coastal villages in England with a maze of twisting streets winding through the village and down to the beach. It is famously renowned as an old smuggler’s haunt; the main street through the village actually comes to an end in the sea.Time seems to have stood still with the steep narrow, cobbled lanes and fishermen's cottages crammed together on a hillside. The village is surrounded by a natural harbour which was perfect for smugglers to land their goods using tunnels and trapdoors all the way to the top of the hill.
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The old village, the heart of Robin Hood's Bay, is accessed by a steep road on which you will find an assortment of shops selling craft items, clothes, and some excellent bookshops, along with a varied selection of pubs, cafes & restaurants. The road leads straight down to the beach, (with the ice cream van waiting for you) or straight into the sea at high tide.
Visitor's vehicles are banned from the harbour area, so if you want to enjoy the village you have to do so by walking down the steep hill to the harbour. Robin Hood's Bay is the eastern end of Alfred Wainwright's famous 190 mile Coast to Coast walk, and is also a popular stopping off point for those walking the Cleveland Way National Trail, which is the stunning coastal path between Whitby and Scarborough. .