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52 Way’s To Enjoy Robin Hood’s Bay: #39 Read A Leo Walmsley Book

52 Way’s To Enjoy Robin Hood’s Bay: #39 Read A Leo Walmsley Book

Read A Leo Walmsley Book

Do you love to read books?

Do you love Robin Hood’s Bay and the Yorkshire Coast?

Do you love books inspired by Robin Hood’s Bay?

Read on to find out more. 

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.

Leo Walmsley

Leo Walmsley was born in Shipley and moved to Robin Hood’s Bay at the age of 2. Leo lived in the Bay for many years before settling in Cornwall in his later years.

Grew up with a deep, deep love for the moorland and coastline which adoorn Robin Hood’s Bay and the North York Moors National Park. It was this love and inspiration from his surroundings that he expressed in some of his books. And it was these books that preserved the village of Robin Hood’s Bay and the local fishing community.

The Bramblewick Series

There couldn’t be a more fitting set of books to read in Robin Hood's Bay than Leo Walmsley’s Bramblewick series.The Bramblewick series an autobiographical collection is heavily influenced by and set in Robin Hood’s Bay and include the following titles:


Three Fevers

Phantom Lobster

Sally Lunn

There’s no better time than when you are on holiday or vacation to read a book. No worries or distractions to pull you from your book just relaxation, peace and quiet and calming surroundings.

Returning home from a stay in a Baytown Holiday Cottage and Robin Hood’s Bay? The Bramblewick series makes for a lovely read to remind you of your favourite coastal destination.

Other Books By Leo Walmsley

Other titles by Leo Walmsley are:

  • Guide to the Geology of the Whitby District
  • Fossils of the Whitby District
  • Flying and Sport in East Africa
  • The Silver Blimp
  • The Lure of Thunder Island
  • The Green Rocket
  • Toro of the Little People
  • Love in the Sun
  • Fishermen at War
  • British Ports and Harbours
  • So Many Loves (autobiography)
  • Sally Lunn (play)
  • Master Mariner
  • Lancashire and Yorkshire
  • Invisible Cargo
  • The Golden Waterwheel
  • The Happy Ending
  • Sound of the Sea
  • Paradise Creek
  • Angler's Moon

You can purchase Leo Walmsley books via the Walmsley Society brand new, second hand and kindle editions Here.

The Walmsley Society

The Walmsley Society was founded in 1985. Formed from a handful of admirers of Leo Walmsleys work keen to share their love with others. 

Some of its members are none other than Leo's family. The Society President is none other than MLeo's youngest son, Dr Sean Walmsley.

The Society meets annually in Robin Hood’s Bay and regularly sends out newsletters. You can find out more Here.


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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