North York Moors CAM

 

Tuesday 20th March 2001

Weather: Sunny periods - a cold easterly wind blowing in off the sea

Robin Hood's Bay


 

Robin Hood's Bay as seen looking north from Ravenscar

 

Normally, this would be a classic view looking south over the rooftops of Bay Town (as it's known to the locals)
towards the towering cliffs of Ravenscar, some 3 miles distant

Unfortunately, today the workmen are here strengthening the sea defence walls

Robin Hood's Bay's houses sit literally on the edge of the sea on a steep-sloping cliffside
- the older houses of the village crowd the shoreline and the cliff-top and over the years
many have been washed into the sea, though the village is still developing

 

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It's impossible to give a visitor any directions for finding his way about a place like this
- it's far better to let him explore the narrow streets and alleys at his own leisure - it's a fascinating experience

 

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Over the centuries, Robin Hood's Bay has been a notorious centre for smuggling,
the illicit goods could literally be handed through doorways and windows from cottage to cottage

 

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Nowadays, the brightly painted houses serve more to attract tourists from near and far

 

From a veranda at the end of one alleyway we suddenly get a glorious view south across the Bay towards Ravenscar . . .

 

. . . and north-eastwards to the sea-defence walls and cliffs that now protect the village from storms

 

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At the bottom of the main street is The Bay Hotel - Wainwright enjoyed a pint here at the end of his Coast to Coast Walk

 

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I always refer to the dwelling above left as the 'end house' - past that there's nothing but sand, rocks and sea

Because of the incoming tide, this is as near as we got to the beach today
- I was disappointed as it's a great place to wander about and take photographs

 

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Back in the village we see the contrast between today's cottage decor and that of an old shop

 

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Halfway up the steep main street, a welcome place for refreshment - The Laurel Inn

 

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Finally, a favourite place for artists - Sunny Place

 



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