Exploring Robin Hood’s Bay

  • Explore the sands of Robin Hood’s Bay
  • Great coastal views from Ravenscar
  • Vary the return by taking to the beach

Often described as the jewel on the Yorkshire Coast I have previously visited Robin Hood’s Bay many times, twice either starting or finishing  long distance walks and once on a short break with the family. The setting is spectacular and, although the sand on the beaches is hardly pristine, it is great to explore, particularly for the walker who wants to be on the move.

Any walk to Ravenscar involves a good deal of effort. The Cleveland Way rises and falls like a yoyo, low level hidden dells and high coastal walking constantly mixing together. The short walk is highly recommended, particularly if you can drag yourself up to the National Trust cafe at Ravenscar with its wonderful, near 360 degree views.

Recommend: On your return join the beach at Stoupe Beck and follow it to Robin Hood’s Bay village thereby avoiding some of the steep ascents and descents of the Cleveland Way.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL27 North York Moors East Buy Map
Start Point: NZ 950055. Park in the large car park above Robin Hood's Bay and head in to the village to join the Cleveland Way.
Height to Climb: 243 ms (797 feet)
Terrain: There are many ups and downs on the Way and a steep climb to Ravenscar so return via the rocks and sand of the Bay
Eating & Drinking: The Bay Hotel and the Dolphin sit at Robin Hood's Bay and there are 2 tea shops at Ravenscar and a sneaky little one at the youth hostel at Boggle Hole.
Similar Walks Nearby: Whitby Abbey & the Coast
Ravenscat to Heyburn Wyke
Discover the delights of Runswick Bay
Places to Stay:


Streonshalh, WhitbyRaven Hall, Ravenscar


Woodland Cottages, Harwood DaleOne Spot Cottage, Harwood Dale