Clues To Go    -    North Yorkshire - Robin Hood's Bay.

This was a smugglers' coast, if ever there was one. Gin, tea, brandy, tobacco, all brought ashore through 'the Baytown', as Robin Hood's Bay was known during the 18th century. The fishing village was so notorious that a detachment of dragoons was sent in 1774 to assist the excise men, who were subject to violent resistance whenever they tried to seize contraband.

There are restrictions on taking your car down into the village and it therefore involves a very steep walk down and back up again. If you have difficulty in climbing up steep hills then you won't fully enjoy this route. However, this old fishing village and smugglers' haunt is well worth the visit if you can make it.

The route should appeal particularly to young families. There are plenty of options on the route for dining, snacks, ice cream etc. Toilets are available both at the top of the hill near the car park and down in the village by the slipway.



The hotel you can see across the bay from Robin Hood's Bay, at Ravenscar, was where a certain Bram Stoker stayed and developed the idea for a novel called 'Dracula'. The town of Whitby, further up the coast, was where, in the book,  Dracula landed in England.


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