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52 Ways to Enjoy Robin Hood’s Bay: #47 Take a Wildlife Walk

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

The Moorland 

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.

Basic Kit

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

Useful Websites:

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.

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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