52 Ways to Enjoy Robin Hood’s Bay: #47 Take a Wildlife Walk
Take a Wildlife Walk
Do you love to get outdoors?
Do you love to get out in nature?
Do you love to observe and spot wildlife?
Read on to find out about Wildlife Walking 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 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.
Where to Wildlife Walk in Robin Hood’s Bay
A great way to see lots of the local wildlife here in Robin Hood’s Bay is to take a wildlife walk. The best times of day to do this are very early in the morning before and as the sun comes up. Or as the sun goes down and nighttime falls. Why? Because the wildlife is more active after dark and at dusk.
It is possible to Wildlife Watch all around Robin Hood’s Bay:
The Village, nooks crannies and rooftops
The Beach (Tide Permitting)
The Cinder Track
What To Look Out For
You won’t have to walk far as Robin Hood’s Bay is surrounded by nature, wildlife and their natural habitats. Depending on where you walk you may be lucky enough to spot or hear:
To name just a few, but you never know you may just see more.
You won’t need a lot of kit if any at all but a pair of binoculars will always come in handy. Here's our list of basic kit:
Torch or a Head Torch
Notebook & Pen (waterproof is best)
Wildlife App, Guidebook or Fact Sheet
Coastal Wildlife of the North York Moors
Moorland Wildlife of the North York Moors
Fylingdales Moor on the North York Moors
North York Moors National Park Wildlife Watch
Top Tips & Safety Tips
Here are some Top Tips and Safety Tips to help you enjoy the coast in the best way possible. We have also included some useful links further down the page with further Safety Tips from the Professionals.
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 time here on the coast:
Do wear good sturdy waterproof footwear with good grip when on long walks
Do layer up especially in winter
Do take a Torch or Head Torch
Do take a fully charged mobile phone
Do take a camera to record your fun
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 try to head out when the tide is going out
Do walk or sit a good safe distance away from the cliffs, they are prone to very dangerous rock falls
Do watch your step
Do watch out for Adders on the coastal paths and moorland areas and seek medical or vet attention immediately if bitten
Do keep dogs on leads near to shear drops and cliff edges
Do keep dogs on leads on the moorland particularly in bird breeding season
Do have lots of fun
Do be quiet so you don’t scare the wildlife
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.
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