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Short Breaks in Robin Hood’s Bay

Short Breaks in Robin Hood’s Bay

Craving an escape?

Longing for adventure?

Over consumed by wanderlust?

Want to travel but don’t feel like you can take a break from your job or career?

In an age of 0 hours contracts and struggles to get on the housing ladder you may find yourself with a lower income or indeed living with your parents or both. Living at home has its perks but on the flipside we all crave freedom too. Add to that life living through a pandemic we’re left filled full of longing.

You want to discover and tick off the adventures that are on your bucket list. You dream but don't think it can be a reality. You're wrong. A Microgap or in layman's terms a short break without skimping on any of the adventure and fun is the answer.

Microgap: “The act of taking short breaks that offer the same enriching opportunities for self-development as that experienced on a typical gap year or career break.” Visit Britain

You can have all the excitement of travelling. You can have all the adventure, discovery and experiences that a gap year can offer. You can have all this without spending a fortune and without ever having to leave Britain. You can have all this in a one night, two night or 3-night escape. You are about to take yourself on a short break like no other.

We want to bring you a little inspiration for a Microgap in the North York Moors National Park. We want to inspire you with excitement and give you a taste of what Robin Hood’s Bay, the surrounding area and our amazing National Park has to offer. Read on for a micro look into how truly amazing it really is and the elements that create the Microgap.

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.


Learn New Skills:

Whitby Surf School

Did you know that the UK was a hot spot for surfing? Right here in Whitby we have our very own Surf School. Learn to surf and experience the thrill of the North Sea. Take a stand-up paddleboard safari up the River Esk and enjoy a spot of mindfulness while you learn as you take in your surroundings. Alternatively learn to wild swim with the safety of an instructor.

To Book your surfing, paddle boarding or wild swimming experience just click here.

Coastal Foraging & Cooking with Taste The Wild

For an all year-round hobby or experience why not try your hand at foraging? Each month and season brings with it new produce of the wilds. One Day Coastal Foraging courses are available in two wonderful coastal villages of the North York Moors National Park. Our very own Robin Hood’s Bay and Staithes. You’ll learn how to identify the edible from the non-edible and the cook methods suited to your foraged finds. Lunch is included before learning about foods that can be foraged from the land along this stunning stretch of coastland.

To Book a day of coastal foraging simply click here.

Mackerel Hook & Cook Trips with Real Staithes

Everything that it says on the tin. You are going to learn to catch your own Mackerel. Learn to prepare and clean it. Cook and smoke your catch. Here comes the best bit, you are going to devour it. Where are you going to do this? Just off the coast of the picturesque fishing village of Staithes. Seafood doesn’t get fresher than this.

To Hook yourself a trip with Real Staithes just click here.


Improve Wellbeing:

Llama Trekking

What better way to discover the North York Moors National Park than trekking with your new friend, a Llama? Once you have been introduced you have the choice of a more local shorter walk of 1.5 hours. Not enough Llama time? Take a 4-hour trek over the moors and take in the breathtaking and quite stunning views across the open moorland.

Top Tip: if you can take your microgap in the late Summer months you will be wowed with a sea of purple heather adorning the moors.

Looking to Book your trekking experience? No prob-llama just click here.

Stargazing with Hidden Horizons

Have you ever seen a night sky full of stars? Did you know the North York Moors National Park has been awarded International Dark Sky Reserve status. A hot spot for stargazing and on a clear night you can see some 2000 stars. Hidden Horizons can take you on a journey through our night skies. Depending on the time of year you may be lucky enough to see the Milky Way, Meteors, Planets or Shooting Stars.

To Book your stargazing experience click here.

Dalby Forest Parkrun

Taking place every Saturday at 9:00am throughout the year Dalby Forest Parkrun will take you on a 5km run throughout the great forest. Get those endorphins flowing taking in all types of terrain in the forest. You’ll find yourself running over roads, footpaths, gravel ways, wooden foot bridges, through mud and puddles. All whilst surrounded by the magnificent woodland and nature that call Dalby Forest their home.

For a bonus you can improve your wellbeing here for free.

If you have never completed a Parkrun before all you have to do is follow the instructions to register here.


Discover Local Flavours:

Whitby Gin

Available to buy by the bottle from several locations in and around the North York Moors National Park. You can also purchase a Whitby Gin and your favourite Tonic in many of the licensed establishments across the North York Moors National Park also. What makes this Gin so special we hear you ask? It quite literally is the taste of the Moorland and Coastland that surrounds Whitby. With all the traditional botanicals of a Gin Whitby Gin has 3 extra special ingredients that gives it its unique flavour. Foraged Sugar Kelp. Foraged Heather that graces the moorland for mile upon mile. Local honey produced on the moors of our National Park.

When you return from your Microgap you can purchase your favourite new Gin online here. As you sit back each sip will evoke memories of your adventure.

Fortune’s Kippers

Established in 1872 Fortune’s Kippers of Whitby has been a local delicacy for nearly 150 years. Fortune’s is a traditional smokehouse in the heart of the Old Town of Whitby. Fortunes is its very own bit of heritage and history housed in its original building. As you wander up Henrietta Street you will be met with the sweet smoky smell that flavours the kippers. Long before you see the shop itself. All you need to do is follow your nose.

To find Fortune’s just click here.

Whitby Brewery Tour

Just Love Beer? Then this is the tour for you. You will be introduced to the ingredients. The brewing process and the tools for the job. Discover the history of the Whitby Brewery and the magic of how they produce fine local craft Beers. Once you’re acquainted with the brewery your taste buds will be introduced to the Beer itself with a tasting tray of 3 Beers.

To Book your Whitby Brewery Tour just click here.

Fallen in love with Whitby Brewery’s fine selection of Ales you can order them online here.


Eating Out:

No Microgap taken on the Yorkshire Coast would be complete without tasting some real fresh seafood. Here are our suggestions for all pockets.


Head for any of the Fish and Chip Takeaway establishments in Whitby. You can’t really go wrong with any after all Whitby is famous for its Fish and Chips.

Relaxed Dining

Get yourself to The Magpie Café. You will find a whole range of seafood dishes here at very affordable prices all packed full of flavour and tasting great. You really get value for money, the portions are huge.

The Magpie Café has been serving the locals and visitors of Whitby for years.

Highly popular the que you will find outside is testament to its popularity and good food done well.

You can drool over the menu here and find The Magpie Café’s location here.

Luxury Dining

Looking for a bit of extravagance in your seafood dining experience then look no further than Andrew Pern’s The Star Inn The Harbour in Whitby.

You’ll find Catch of the Day dishes, a Seasonal All-Day Menu as well as Surf and Turf dishes.

You can lick your lips over the sample menus here and Book your table here.


Support A Good Cause:


Probably the quickest way you can support a good cause. Help us keep our coast as free from marine plastics and other types of rubbish and debris as much as possible. Whether you do 2 minutes or 2 hours it all helps in the movement. You could even do a 2 Minute Beach Clean in each location:

Robin Hood’s Bay



Runswick Bay

To find out more on how you can support the #2minutebeachclean movement visit here.

Let’s care for our marine life, our beaches and each generation's future. Every 2 minutes helps.

You will find the beach clean station next to the Galley on the Quarterdeck in Robin Hood’s Bay.

Shop Local

We understand that it is difficult currently to completely shop locally and not purchase products from the big stores. All across the North York Moors National Park you will find lots of independent shops, producers and products. Food, drink, handmade items, art, toiletries you name it you can probably find it here.

Support the independent businesses and keep them for our future. Every little helps, that card, that meal, that gift for a loved one. It all helps small independent businesses to not just survive but thrive.

Book Direct & With Local Companies

Whether it's an experience, a meal or your accommodation book directly. Can’t book direct? Then use the small independent businesses where possible.

Here at Baytown Holiday Cottages although we don't own the cottages we represent we are very much a small local business. The very reason why our cottage owners choose us to represent them and take bookings on their behalf. We know the cottages inside and out. We’re both local and can tell you so much about the area. We can make recommendations and not only that you’ll get a personal friendly service. Even if you choose to book online with us it’s all dealt with by the two of us. Sam and Sian.

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Indulge A Passion:


Robin Hood’s Bay alone is home to an array of artists all different. The North York Moors National Park is also home to many artists also. The vast moorland and dramatic coastline are the very inspiration for many pieces of art.

You will find galleries across the National Park, but there are just too many to name.

Our personal favourite gallery because of the ever-changing artists and style of art that is exhibited there has to be the Inspired By gallery at The Moors National Park Centre in Danby.

For information on up to date exhibitions just click here.


There are deep strong musical roots here in Robin Hood’s Bay and the North York Moors National Park. There is a heavy heritage of Folk Music here on the coast. Whitby hosts Folk Week and Robin Hood’s Bay its own Folk Weekend.

Throughout the villages and towns, you will find an array of music from events to folk clubs to bands playing in the pubs. You will also find the Open-Air Theatre in Scarborough hosting acts throughout the summer. Dalby Forest hosts a small number of artists too. Two very unique venues.

No matter where your night takes you particularly at the weekend you are likely to stumble upon live music.

For more information just click here.


Food is more than just fuel. Feed your passion for food whether it's eating, drinking, or just a feast for the eyes. Maybe you enjoy browsing farmers markets, food festivals or learning how to cook? You will find it all here in the North York Moors National Park.

There is an abundance of quality local produce across the National Park you will quite simply be spoilt for choice. There quite literally is too much to begin to tell you about. A great resource to find what you’re looking for can be found here. Whether it’s a cookery school, eating out or a farmer’s market you will find all the inspiration you need or want.


Local Culture:

The Endeavour Experience Whitby

No trip to Whitby would be complete without learning about the famous explorer Captain James Cook. The Endeavour Experience Whitby is an immersive and interactive experience. Taking you on a journey back in time to the days when Whitby was indeed Captain Cook’s home. Where does it all take place? On a full-sized replica ship of Captain Cook’s Endeavour. The very boat he sailed out of Whitby harbour on his first voyage of discovery. Discover life of a crew member, nautical knots, Cook’s Great Cabin and what life was like to be a voyager in the 1700’s.

For more information on The Endeavour Experience just click here.

Whitby Goth Weekend(s)

Whitby has played host to two Whitby Goth Festivals since 1994. Now world famous it is possible to enjoy Whitby Goth Weekend usually in April and at the end of October. Don your best Goth regalia and come and enjoy bands, markets and much more. Or maybe you’re a keen photographer searching for a muse? You’re certain to find a muse during Goth Weekend.

To find out more about this ever-popular event click here.

Whitby Regatta

Taking place each August Whitby Regatta is a tradition dating back some 170 years or so. A very popular event you will find a weekend packed full of events. Included are yacht and rowing races, a fun fair and a whole host of entertainment. As the weekend draws to a close there is one grand finale. The most spectacular fireworks display that can be witnessed from all around the town. A favourite of ours.

For up to date information on this year’s Whitby Regatta click here.


Embrace A Challenge:

The Cleveland Way

Spanning 109 miles The Cleveland Way takes in heather moorland and dramatic coastline. With stunning views, famous landmarks, old fishing villages, seaside towns and market towns you will be astounded as well as challenged. The national trail is truly spectacular.

From Robin Hood’s Bay it is possible to walk the dramatic cliffs to Whitby or to Scarborough. Just follow the Acorn.

For more information on the Cleveland Way click here

Go Ape

Deep in the heart of the great Dalby Forest you will find Go Ape. Experience life amongst the trees on a mission of 888 meters of platforms, ropes and ziplines. Are you brave enough to reach the highest platform of 35 meters? Walk the longest platform of 15 meters? Or take the plunge and zip along the longest zip line all 250 meters? Not thrilling enough? Then why not try a Twilight Zip? That’s right, Go Ape in the dark.

For all the information you need and to Book your Go Ape adventure click here.

North Yorkshire Off Road Centre

Tucked away on a hillside overlooking the village of Robin Hood’s Bay you will find the North Yorkshire Off Road Centre. With its own quarry and hillside at the centre with Robin Hood’s Bay as the backdrop you are in for a thrilling ride in a 4x4. With terrain suited to beginners and more experienced drivers you are sure to be challenged no matter your level of experience.

Prepare to be wowed by the view and the challenge ahead of you.

To find out how to book your 4x4 experience just click here.


Tick Off Bucket List Experiences:

Whitby Whale Watching

Desperate to go Whale Watching? Think you have to travel halfway around the world to see Whales and Dolphins? You’re wrong. You can do it right here off the coast of Whitby. The wildlife spotting doesn’t stop there. You could be treated to sightings of migrating birds as well as Porpoises, Minke Whales and Humpback Whales to name a few.

To book your Whale Watching trip just click here.

North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Across the North York Moors National Park runs the heritage railway The North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Sit back and relax. Take yourself back in time on one of the steam powered trains and take in the North York Moors heather moorland.

Made famous recently for channel 5’s The Yorkshire Steam Railway: All Aboard. Come and spot your favourite characters. Visit Goathland Station or as some of you may be aware Hogsmeade Station in the first Harry Potter film The Philosophers Stone. Goathland Station is also indeed Aidensfield Station as Goathland was in fact home of Heartbeat the ITV series.

Visit the Engine Sheds at Grosmont and look out for Piglet working away to keep the Engines in working order.

For the full bucket list experience why not book a dining experience?

To find out more about the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and to Book just click here.

Discover A Colony of Seals

At the very far end of Robin Hood’s Bay Beach under the Ravenscar headland you will find colonies of Seals. Basking in the sunshine on the rocky scaurs they are quite a spectacular sight to see.

To say right here on the coastline of Robin Hood’s Bay and the North York Moors National we are able to see Seals is quite spectacular.

Very much an experience that is dependent on what the tides are doing you can find a little advice on safety before you head on your Seal seeking adventure here.

Top Tip: Don’t forget the camera.

Meet New People:

No matter where you go throughout Robin Hood’s Bay and the North York Moors National Park you will meet many people. We are a friendly bunch here in North Yorkshire but don’t just take our word for it. Come and find out for yourself.

So where will your shortbreak take you?

We hope we’ve inspired you and opened your eyes to how truly spectacular, magnificent, and exciting Robin Hood’s Bay and The North York Moors National Park truly are.



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.

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