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52 Ways To Enjoy Robin Hood’s Bay: #43 Foraging

52 Ways To Enjoy Robin Hood’s Bay: #43 Foraging


Do you love to try new things?

Do you love to get outdoors?

Do you love fresh nutritious food packed full of goodness?

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.


Do you have fond memories of foraging as a child? Picking brambles in the harvest months and making pies, crumbles or jam? 

Foraging can be done in hedgerows, woodland, on the coast and around urban areas also. It can be lots of fun and is a great way to get amongst nature. You will find lots of hedgerows here on the fields, along the coast, in woodland and on the moorland.  

Here’s what you might find throughout the year:


Beech Nuts


Crab Apples

Hawthorn Berries








Wild Garlic





Wild Garlic


Cow Parsley

Garlic Mustard or Hedge Garlic

Hairy Bittercress

Wild Garlic


Oxeye Daisy

Red Clover





Pineapple Weed or Wild Chamomile



Fat Hen or Wild Spinach

Wild Strawberries



Crab Apples



Rowan Berries


Beech Nuts

Hawthorn Berries



Wild Raspberries

Wild Strawberries


Bullace (Wild Plum)

Beech Nuts




Sweet Chestnuts



Hairy Bittercress

Sweet Chestnuts


Hairy Bittercress

Sweet Chestnuts

The Benefits of Foraging

Foraging has many benefits including:

Gets you outdoors

Connect with nature

It is fun

Wild foods are nutritious and packed full of goodness

Tasting and trying new foods


Free food

Responsible Foraging & Top Tips

Be kind and only take what you need

Seek permission from Landowners

If you are not sure don’t pick it especially if foraging Fungi 

Only forage where food is plentiful

Leave plenty for wildlife 

Follow the Countryside Code you can read it Here

Taste The Wild

Fancy trying your hand at a spot of coastal foraging? Forage for seaweed and shellfish. Rummage in rockpools with the stunning backdrop of Robin Hood's Bay and Ravenscar. Identify species of seaweed and shellfish both edible and inedible. Enjoy a lunch of foraged goods from land and sea.

Taste the Wild provides guided wild food foraging and cooking courses right here in Robin Hood’s Bay. The sessions are fun, informative and teach you innovative ways to use the ingredients you forage.  You will gain a knowledge of wild ingredients that can be foraged here on the Yorkshire Coast. You will also gain knowledge of what you can find seasonally in the area and to be considerate of sustainability.

You can find out more about Taste the Wild 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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