Here at Baytown Holiday Cottages, we are very new to considering and reviewing our impact on Accessible Tourism. Until now we had very naively thought the logistics of the village quite simply made us inaccessible. How wrong we were.
Robin Hood’s Bay is a 17th Century old fishing village built on a hill between dramatic cliffs of the Yorkshire coast. Narrow, cobbled alley ways, stone steps, stacked up houses and few roads make up the lower village of Robin Hood’s Bay. The upper village is made up of streets of grand Victorian Terraces, semi-detached and detached houses.
Many of the holiday lets are built over several floors with steep narrow and sometimes winding staircases. Floors are generally uneven; ceilings can be low, and rooms can be dark due to the nature of the stone buildings. Natural light is low due to the stacked-up houses shading others and sometimes no windows in parts of the houses (usually one side only). Some properties may require you to walk up streets that are sometimes steep, have steps and are uneven and slippery due to the stone and cobbles that line them. Some properties are also accessed by one or two or a flight of stone steps.
It is not possible to drive up to, many if any of the lower village holiday lets. Public parking is back at the top of the hill. There is also private parking in the lower village, spaces are limited and on a first come first serve bases. Some properties have a parking pass usually for one car in the private Fisherhead Carpark or for the public car parks.
Robin Hood’s Bay has a selection of Food & Drink options ranging from takeaways to pubs, cafes, tearooms, and restaurants. Some may be accessed by one or two or a flight of stairs particularly in the lower village. In the upper village ramps may be available. The shops are also the same. Wherever you choose to eat or shop you will find a friendly face and welcome.
The beach can be accessed from the Dock down a steep cobbled slipway. The beach is made up of scaurs, rock pools, seaweed, pebbles, and sandy stretches. The beach terrain changes daily with the time of year and the tides.
Peak times of the year are usually busy here in Robin Hood’s Bay. Peak times usually coincide with the School Holidays. September is also a busy month but takes on a different slower pace with many weekday visitors being adults. The cooler months are much quieter.
Robin Hood’s Bay is surrounded by nature and wildlife.
The Holiday Cottages we represent are not owned by us. Each property has a different owner and the facilities and amenities each one offers is dependent on that owner. As we are a small team of two, we both know the properties inside and out. Any questions you have or recommendations you require do not hesitate to get in touch and ask.