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52 Ways To Enjoy Robin Hood's Bay: #18 Walk The Cleveland Way

52 Ways To Enjoy Robin Hood's Bay: #18 Walk The Cleveland Way

Walk The Cleveland Way

Do you love to challenge yourself?

Do you love walks amongst nature?

Do you enjoy walks across Heather Moorland or along Dramatic Coastal Cliffs?

Do you enjoy the outdoors no matter what the elements throw at you?

Read on to find out more about walking the Cleveland Way.

National Trails

The first National Trail was opened in 1965. National Trails are long distance trails for walking and some also for cycling & horse riding. National Trail Routes pass through the best landscapes in England and Wales.

National Trails are waymarked with an Acorn Symbol. The Trails are designated by the Government and managed to set Quality Standards. Each Trail has its own dedicated Officer and team of volunteers. Each National Trail is special in its own right. 

The Cleveland Way

The Cleveland Way opened in May 1969 and spans 109 miles in total. The National Trail takes in heather moorland and the dramatic Yorkshire coastline, villages, towns and historical landmarks. The Cleveland Way will not disappoint.

The Cleveland Way starts in the historic Market Town of Helmsley and finishes in the Coastal Town of Filey. While at times a very challenging walk especially on the coastal sections anyone with reasonable fitness can walk the Cleveland Way.

Robin Hood’s Bay

Perched on the coast between the surrounding cliffs of Scarborough and Whitby sits a Bay. The backdrop of the Bay is an old Yorkshire fishing village. This is Robin Hood’s Bay, the gem on the picturesque coastal edge of the North York Moors National.

Built on a steep hill the old 17th Century village heads down to the Bay. Winding streets, steep steps and cobbled alleyways make up what was once called Baytown. A maze of a village it’s easy to get lost here in Robin Hood’s Bay. Just all part of the magic of what makes it so special.

Robin Hood’s Bay harbours a deep rooted history of smuggling. The Kings Beck, cottage cellars, secret passages and snickets all helped with the illicit activities. Smuggling of Rum, Tea, Silk and Tobacco. There wasn't a person in the village that didn't participate in the illegal activities. Be it the smuggling, hiding, transporting or protecting of the secret goings on.

Legend has it that contraband could leave the Bay and reach the top of the village without ever seeing daylight.You can still see evidence of Robin Hood’s Bay’s smuggling past to this day and you can learn more at the local museum.

Walk The Cleveland Way From Robin Hood’s Bay

Robin Hood’s Bay sits about halfway along the coastal stretch of the Cleveland Way. With options to head towards Whitby or Scarborough.

The walk to Whitby is an 8-mile hike. The views are breathtaking and when you reach Whitby you will be greeted by the stunning Whitby Abbey and St. Mary’s Church. Head down the 199 steps into the old town. Treat yourself to world famous fish & chips. Rest your weary feet whilst taking a pew on the Whitby Pier.

Alternatively head to Ravenscar, Hayburnn Wyke, Cloughton, Burniston, Scalby or Scarborough.

Catch the X93 Bus back to Robin Hood’s Bay from Scarborough or Whitby.

Top Tips:

If you don’t like overly uneven surfaces or an up and down walk, then maybe take The Cinder Track  for some of the same views without the shear cliff drops

If heading to Whitby do take refreshments

Toilet stops are rare if at all on the Whitby route

Walking to Whitby or Scarborough catch the X93 Bus back to Robin Hood’s Bay

Heading towards Scarborough there are public toilets at Ravenscar

Don’t forget your camera

Safety Tips:

Always check National Trails Social Media for any closures, changes or disruptions

Wear good footwear

Watch out for Adders and seek medical or vet attention immediately if bitten

It may be safer to keep dogs on leads due to shear drops and cliff edges

Take a fully charged mobile phone

Useful Links:

The Cleveland Way | National Trails

Cleveland Way | North York Moors

Explore Robin Hood’s Bay

Robin Hood’s Bay’s old lower village is made up of cobbled streets, alleyways and snickets. There are many twists and turns. Stone and cobbled steps work their way up the village. It's easy to imagine life here as it was 300 years or so ago.

You never know where one turn may take you or what awaits you. Which direction will you take? It’s all part of the fun in getting to know Robin Hood’s Bay.

You will find a selection of cute independent shops here in Robin Hood’s Bay stocking a range of:



Clothing & Fashion

A Dog Shop





Upcycled Wares & Home Accessories


To name just a few, all waiting with a friendly Robin Hood’s Bay welcome.

Refuel The Coast Way

When on the coast what better than Proper Fish ‘n’ Chips?

The Yorkshire Coast is famous for the best quality Fish “n” Chips. After all, Whitby is the home of Scampi. Locally landed fish, flaky, white and cooked to perfection. Light crispy batter and the tastiest of chips crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside. Ooodles of Salt ‘n’ Vinegar. Don’t forget the scarps.

There are two Takeaway Fish & Chip Shops in Robin Hood’s Bay. You will also find offerings of Fish ‘n’ Chips, and Scampi in the local restaurants of Robin Hood’s Bay.

You will be spoilt for choice for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner options in Robin Hood’s Bay. Robin Hood’s Bay has a range of Pub’s, Restaurants, Bistro’s, Cafes, Tearooms and Takeaways.

For an in depth Robin Hood's Bay Guide from getting here to parking to eating out head here. All of the eateries are listed within this guide.


Relaxing Coastal Escapes in Robin Hood’s Bay, North Yorkshire

Sam and Sian have been helping you make memories and relax on the coast since April 2017.

Baytown Holiday Cottages is a small North Yorkshire Booking Agency specialising in the Robin Hood’s Bay area of the North York Moors National Park.

Two locals who know the area and the cottages inside Out. Their home, their workplace and their playground. Helping you find your escape by the sea

So why not stay for a while in one of the Best Robin Hood’s Bay Holiday Cottages.

Smaller properties are available from 2 nights and the larger properties from 3 nights. All dependent on the time of year. All of our cottages are priced accordingly throughout the year. All of our properties feature in size order. Largest to smallest as you scroll down the Accommodation Page.

For a quick look at our availability at any given time you can use our All Availability feature. Just click the green and yellow Check Availability button on the Home page of our website.

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