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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



Finally, a favourite place for artists - Sunny Place


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