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Hardwick House Country Cottages, Harwood Dale, Scarborough, YO13 0LA

Robin Hoods Bay
Robin Hoods Bay

Robin Hood's Bay

This is Yorkshire's coastline at its most raw and elemental. Here, brooding cliffs tower over a huddle of red roofed former fishing cottages that spill right down to the edge of the sea, creating a ‘lost in time' getaway for anyone who loves unusual architecture and breathtaking scenery.

Abandon your car on the cliff top before beginning the twisting descent through this timeless village on foot. On either side of you, picturesque dwellings and cobbled alleyways seem to tumble into each other, right up to the very edge of the coast.

Tucked away in this charming tangle are a cluster of guesthouses, inns and hostels, and enough culinary delights keep the hungriest traveller happy with a fine selection of locally caught fish and Yorkshire cream teas. Be sure to check out the Laurel Inn where the bar is carved out of solid rock! History buffs should head to the local museum and the visitors' centre in the Old Coastguard Station. Or why not explore the huge, unspoilt beach? It's one of the UK's best spots for fossil hunting. The Original Robin Hood's Bay Ghost Walk is a unique Tour that takes you through Streets and Alleyways as you listen to Tales of the Strange and Supernatural set against a background of Smugglers, Shipwrecks, Folklore and Legend.

Overlooking the whole bay is Old St Stephen's Church with fascinating souvenirs from the area's many shipwrecks. Head inland into the beautiful Sneaton Forest and its famous Falling Foss Waterfall.

For sheer beauty, rugged isolation and unhurried pace of life, few places along Yorkshire's coast, or indeed the UK's, can compare with Robin Hood's Bay.