52 Ways to Enjoy Robin Hood’s Bay: #8 Do a #2minutebeachclean
Down in the heart of the Dock in Robin Hood’s Bay you will find the Old Coast Guard Station just at the top of the slipway to the beach. It is right here that you will find the #2minutebeachclean A board. Complete with litter pickers, if you ask the staff inside, they will very happily supply you with a flexi tub rather than a plastic bag for collecting litter. It can get a little windy here on the coast at times so less chance of losing your carrier to the sea by using a tub.
Now it might be named the 2 Minute Beach Clean, but you don’t have to cut it short there, you can do 2 minutes, you can do 2 hours the choice is yours. Even 2 minutes of your time can make all the difference.
It’s fair to say that here in Robin Hood’s Bay on the edge of the North York Moor’s National Park you won’t find huge amounts of litter or debris on the beach but it is there. In comparison to many beaches Robin Hood’s Bay beach is relatively clean and many a holiday maker and local will pay testament to this. However even we have had our eyes opened to how much plastic, rubbish and debris there really is on Robin Hood’s Bay beach.
In 2018 we took part in a big beach clean hosted by The Baytown Coffee Company and this really opened our eyes. Our beloved, beautiful Robin Hood’s Bay beach is not immune to the beach plastic problem. What was most surprising was the sheer number of tiny bits of plastic, it is everywhere, in the seaweed, in the sand and in the rock pools and the worrying thing is that is in our sea. More to the point our marine life ingests this plastic.
Some of you may not be familiar with the 2 Minute Beach Clean movement but we’re sure you are aware of the fight against plastic.
The 2 Minute Beach Clean was founded by Martin Dorey in 2013/2014 after setting up The Beach Clean Network Limited with Tab Parry. A non-profit organisation the 2 Minute Beach Clean campaign is funded by Board Sales and Sponsorship one of the biggest supporters being Surfdome.
Now you might be wondering what’s in it for you? Well the gratification in knowing you have just spent 2 minutes or more preventing plastic, rubbish and debris from either being blown into the sea or re-entering the sea. You have just spent 2 minutes or more helping Robin Hood’s Bay Beach remain the stunning beach that you and we know and love. You have just spent 2 minutes or more helping our marine life thrive and prevented them from ingesting that 1, 10 or 100 more bits of marine plastic. You have just spent 2 minutes or more working towards helping our Colony of Seals live a healthier, happier life with less plastic, rubbish and debris. You have just spent 2 minutes or more working towards the Fight Against Plastic and helping Keep Britain Tidy.
We don’t like Don’ts here at Baytown Holiday Cottages so here are a few Do’s to make sure you have fun, and an enjoyable and safe 2 Minute Beach Clean:
Do wear good sturdy waterproof footwear with good grips
Do layer up especially in winter
Do take a fully charged mobile phone
Do take a camera to record your Beach Clean
Do read the safety boards at the top of the Slipway in the Dock of Robin Hood’s Bay
Do check the Tide Times – if you’re unsure ask a local or pop into the Old Coastguard Station
Do walk or sit a good safe distance away from the cliffs, they are prone to very dangerous rock falls
Do watch your step the rocks and seaweed can be slippery
Do avoid picking up needles, glass, other sharp objects and dead animals – Do report all of these if you find any of them
For more safety information just click here.
So, next time you’re in Robin Hood’s Bay why not take 2 minutes and do a #2minutebeachclean? Don’t forget to take a photo of your beach clean and tag it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with….
You can also download the #2minutebeachclean App to your mobile phone and log your Beach Clean and the items you have found.
For more information on the 2 Minute Beach Clean just click here.
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