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52 Ways To Enjoy Robin Hood’s Bay: #26 Discover A Dinosaur & Go Fossil Hunting

52 Ways To Enjoy Robin Hood’s Bay:  #26 Discover A Dinosaur & Go Fossil Hunting

Discover A Dinosaur & Go Fossil Hunting

Do you love the idea of finding something prehistoric?

Maybe you are already a keen Fossil Hunter?

Read on for our full guide on finding Fossils in Robin Hood’s Bay.

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 Beaches

Robin Hood’s Bay Beach

There's lots to explore on Robin Hood's Bay Beach. There are rock pools galore here, tons of seaweed, sand, boulders and the scaurs. Everyone will love exploring Robin Hood’s Bay Beach.

Boggle Hole

Walking along the beach from Robin Hood’s Bay the cliff juts out slightly, you will need to cross the Beck water as it hits the beach. Waterproof footwear is always good here. The Beck can be fast flowing and well over ankle height.

Boggle hole is great for rockpooling, you’ll find heaps of seaweed and it's a great spot for fossil hunting. There's a Boggle Cave too. The Beck fills the large opening between the cliffs and it's fun to step on stones to get to the cafe. One of our favourites.

Stoupe Beck Sands

Here is the sandiest stretch of beach from Robin Hood’s Bay beach. You will know you are here by the foot bridge over the deep Beck. The Beck flows onto the beach amongst lots of pebbles.

Stoupe Beck sands is a really lovely spot to sit for the day, enjoy a picnic, paddle in the North Sea. This sandy stretch of beach lends itself well to beach games. You will find it a lot quieter here than Boggle Hole and Robin Hoods Bay Beach.

All of the beaches of Robin Hood’s Bay are Dog Friendly all year round.

Ravenscar Headland

Below the Ravenscar Headland is a very rocky part of Beach. This part of the beach can be slippy and a bit of a scramble in places. What you will find here though are a selection of Fossils.

It is very important to check the tide times when heading to this part of the beach. It is easy to get cut off from the tide here with no escape below the sheer cliff face. 

The Dinosaur Coast

The Yorkshire Coast is also known as the DInosaur Coast. All along the Yorkshire stretch of Coast you can find Fossils and Robin Hood’s Bay is no exception to this.

While it is unlikely you will discover a Dinosaur the largest Dinosaur footprint to be found in Yorkshire was indeed found here on the Yorkshire Coast. The footprint is thought to have belonged to a Megalosaurus, a Dinosaur approximately 8 to 9 meters in body length. The Megalosaurus lived somewhere between 175 and 164 million years ago.


Take a stroll along the Dinosaur Coast on Robin Hood’s Bay Beach. Walk in the very footsteps of Jurassic giants . Look for Ammonites, Belemnites and Devil’s Toenails (Gryphaea). Fossils common to Bay beach but not too common you will not have to look for them. What is more exciting than finding something Jurassic and millions of years old.

The kind of fossils you are likely to find here on Robin Hood’s Bay Beach are Ammonites mostly but keep a close eye as there are others to be found along with Jet.

Fossils to look out for:



Devil's Toenails (Gyphaea)

Star-Shaped Crinoids

The best time to hunt for Fossils in Robin Hood’s Bay is after a storm. The best stormy weather usually occurs in the Autumn and Winter months. Hunt amongst rocks and pebbles, search amongst seaweed and you will soon get an eye for finding Fossils. 


Jet is an organic gemstone naturally formed from fossilised wood. The wood is commonly from the Monkey Puzzle Tree. Although Jet can be found all over the World Whitby Jet is known to be some of the best grade Jet around the globe.

Jet is extremely lightweight and very similar to coal. Jet is very smooth and can be cut and achieves a high polish making it perfect for jewellery. The colour is a deep intense black. Jet jewellery was especially popular in the Victorian times. The gemstone was made popular by Queen Victoria as her chosen gemstone of mourning.

It is possible to find Jet along the shoreline here in Robin Hood’s Bay usually following stormy weather. 

Yorkshire Coast Dinosaur & Fossil Museum

Robin Hood’s Bay is home to the Yorkshire Coast Dinosaur and Fossil Museum. Not a museum in the traditional sense this is definitely one for the Fossil or Dinosaur enthusiast. You will also find a range of books for sale amongst the Fossils. A wannabe Palaeontologist's Aladdin’s Cave.

So, if all else fails, head there to look at and purchase fossils.

Safety Tips

We don’t like Don'ts here at Baytown Holiday Cottages. Here are a few Do’s to make sure you have fun, an enjoyable and safe Fossil hunting trip:

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

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


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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