Following the success of my photo post Staithes, North Yorkshire, A Small Town With A Big History here is some further pictures from my North Yorkshire trip.
Just 16 miles south of Staithes lies another fascinating coastal village, Robin Hoods Bay. The origin of the name is uncertain and there is no evidence to suggest Robin Hood ever visited the small fishing village.
The first mention of “Robin Hoode Baye” was by Leland in 1536 who described it as,“A fischer tounlet of 20 bootes with Dok or Bosom of a mile yn length.”
A visit to the village certainly gets the heart pumping. After parking your vehicle at the top of the village you are confronted with this stunning view, and a very steep hill. Something to look forward to when returning to the car.
The contrast of patterns on the seabed offer great photo opportunities and a chance to catch crabs and other marine life.
The village is packed with quaint stores, tempting eateries and of course a fishmongers.
When the tide retreats a large area of rock is uncovered, offering a fantastic exploring space for families.
Robin Hoods Bay has a history of smuggling. I’m sure there has been many a crate of contraband booty pass through this entrance to the village. Alledgedly there are subterranean passageways linking houses to help store and distribute the smuggled items safely.
I first visited Robin Hoods Bay fourteen years ago. I asked my girlfriend at the time “I’ll take you away anywhere you want on holiday, where would you like to go?”, “Robin Hoods Bay” was the reply. A great choice and I was pleased to return.
by Si Salter