52 Ways To Enjoy Robin Hood’s Bay: #40 Storm Watch
Do you love stormy weather?
Do you love Robin Hood’s Bay and the Yorkshire Coast?
If you didn't already have a profound respect for the sea and her power then storm watching will undoubtedly change this.
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.
The Autumn and Winter Months are by far the best for observing our stormy weather and stormy seas. Bunker up indoors and marvel at the power of the sea as it rages rashing on the shore, white horses dancing pounding the cliffs. Cosy up next to a log fire as the driving rain hits the windows and the moody dark clouds roll across the skies.
Or maybe you prefer to brace the elements. They say here in Yorkshire there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing. So, on that note don your waterproofs and your cosy clobber
The best time to go beachcombing is after a storm. The beach will be adorned with treasure:
And you may be lucky enough to find a piece of Jet
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. It is possible to find Jet along the shoreline here in Robin Hood’s Bay.
Here are some of the best spots for watching the storms or stormy seas when in Robin Hood’s Bay……
The Victoria Hotel
The Victoria Hotel boasts a large Orangery and beer garden that overlook the whole of the lower village and the Bay. Sat on the cliff just at the top of Bay Bank it makes for a magnificent viewing point.
The Victoria Hotel offers a choice of family and dog friendly dining. A traditional bar, sea view restaurant and Orangery which looks out over the lower village of Robin Hoods Bay and the Bay itself. Offering a selection of menus The Victoria Hotel serves breakfast, bar meals, afternoon tea, restaurant meals, Sunday lunch and a selection of Real Ales.
The Victoria Hotel also hosts Civil Weddings and other special occasions.
Restaurant and Orangery booking is recommended.
Contact: 01947 880205
The Cove offers a seating area open to the elements overlooking the Bay. Sit back whilst enjoying breakfast or lunch listening to the roar of rough seas.
The Cove is a family and dog friendly cafe serving breakfast, lunch, bakery products, a range of specialty teas and coffees, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Pizza is also available on select evenings in summer
Home to The Old Chapel, The Cove host’s Civil Weddings. It is possible to hire this venue for your wedding ceremony and wedding reception. Available to hire for other events also
Telephone: 01947 880180 or Email: thecoverhbmail.com
The Bay Hotel
The Bay Hotel offers probably the best vantage point for watching stormy seas and stormy weather. Sitting in the dock, you won’t get much closer to the stormy seas than this whilst remaining cosy.
The Bay Hotel also marks the end of Alfred Wainwright’s 192-mile Coast to Coast walk. A family orientated and dog friendly pub, serving Real Ales, home cooked food and daily specials
The Bay Hotel also has Wainwrights Bar, open during peak times of the year.
The Bay Hotel is available for functions, wedding receptions and parties.
Telephone: 01947 880278 or Email: email@example.com
The Quarterdeck & The Galley on the Quarterdeck
Take a pew on the Quarterdeck. Close enough for a view of stormy seas with all the elements. But just high enough for a safe viewing point.
The Galley on the Quarterdeck offers takeaway service. You will find a selection of hot and cold sandwiches, jacket potatoes, homemade soup, snack products and hot and cold drinks.
Also sells hot fresh sugared ring donuts.
Contact: 01947 878111 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Cleveland Way
Robin Hood’s Bay sits about halfway along the coastal stretch of the Cleveland Way. With options to head towards Whitby or Scarborough. The cliff walk makes for a fantastic vantage point to watch stormy seas especially when the tide is in.
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.
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
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
Be aware the cliffs get windy, muddy and slippy
Enjoy brisk Autumn and Winter walks along the beaches of Robin Hood’s Bay.
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.
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.
Wellies are always a good idea to avoid cutting your walk short and getting wet feet especially in the colder months
Sturdy waterproof footwear is a good idea when visiting the seals
Don’t forget your camera
Always check the tide times and avoid getting cut off
Read the safety signs at the top of the slipway in Robin Hood’s Bay Dock
Keep your distance from cliff faces which are prone to regular falls especially after rain
Watch out for horses and put dogs on leads temporarily until it is safe to let them free again
When you’re suitably chilled to the bone and ready to head back indoors make it a Baytown Holiday Cottage. Enjoy the warm embrace of your cosy cottage. Relax in a hot bubble bath or enjoy a long hot shower. Curl up in front of a log fire with your favourite stiff drink, or a mug of chocolate with all the trimmings. Look out on the stormy weather. Listen to the wind whistle around the cottages. The rain tapping at the window and the sounds of the roaring sea. Bliss.
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