Robin Hood's Bay

North Yorkshire

Robin Hood's Bay is a seaside village in the Scarborough district of North Yorkshire.

This attractive fishing village with a history of smuggling clings to the cliffside about 5 miles south-west of Whitby and about 16 miles by road north-north-west of Scarborough.

Robin Hood's Bay has narrow streets and hidden alleyways between its houses and cottages of sandstone with red pantile roofs.

The village, within the North York Moors National Park, provides a place to pause on the Cleveland Way walking trail along this section of Heritage Coast and is the finishing point of Alfred Wainwright's famous Coast to Coast 192-mile walk from St Bees in Cumbria.

There is a very steep descent through the village to the slipway to the beach and sea from car parks and bus stops at top of the cliff. There are also flatter walking routes along the old railway which used to run between Scarborough and Whitby.

The beach at Robin Hood's Bay has a Keep Britain Tidy Seaside Award.

 Village features

Robin Hood's Bay has a beach.
Robin Hood's Bay is in the North York Moors National Park.
Robin Hood's Bay has a choice of pubs.
Cafe and pub food is available in Robin Hood's Bay.
Takeaway food outlets in the village include fish and chips.
Restaurant and bistro dining can be found in Robin Hood's Bay.
Robin Hood's Bay has a village store and local traders. Robin Hood's Bay offers gifts and other goods.
The village has a Post Office.
Places to stay in Robin Hood's Bay include hotel, guest house, holiday home, camping accommodation.
Robin Hood's Bay has a village hall - Fylingdales Village Hall.
There are public toilets in the village.
Robin Hood's Bay has an old parish church - The old St Stephen's Church of 1822 is owned by the Churches Conservation Trust.
Place of worship: Anglican, Methodist.
A school is in the nearby neighbouring village of Fylingthorpe.


Bus travel

The village has buses to neighbouring towns and villages.

Road travel

Robin Hood's Bay can be reached via the B1447

Places to visit

Heritage coast

A stretch of 36 miles of coastline makes up the North Yorkshire and Cleveland Heritage Coast. This is Yorkshire's Jurassic Coast, where ammonites can easily be found and occasionally bones from marine reptiles and dinosaurs have been discovered. For more see our Heritage Coast page.

North York Moors National Park

Stretching inland from the coast between Whitby and Scarborough is the beautiful scenery of the North York Moors National Park, which covers 554 square miles (1,435 square kilometres). Within its area are moorland and coast, historic stateley homes, remains of castles and abbeys and attractive villages including Goathland, famous as the location for TV's Heartbeat, and Grosmont, location of the locomotive sheds of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. For more information see our page dedicated to the North York Moors.


North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Grosmont Pickering to Goathland, Grosmont and Whitby
A heritage railway running for 18 miles through the beautiful scenery of the North York Moors National Park. The line runs from Pickering, through Goathland, one of Yorkshire's famous TV and film locations to Grosmont with some journeys extended over the Network Rail Esk Valley line to the picturesque seaside harbour town of Whitby. The 10,000-member charitable Trust behind the railway celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017. With more than 350,000 passengers a year the North Yorkshire Moors Railway is possibly the most popular heritage railway in the world.

For details see the  North Yorkshire Moors Railway website.

Whitby Abbey

The hilltop of the East Cliff at Whitby was first settled with a monastery in 657. It is of religious significance as the location of the Synod of Whitby of 664 where Christians in the then Kingdom of Northumbria adopted Roman rather than Ionian traditions as the norm when both had prevously been practised. The abbey church ruins exisiting today date from the 13th century. They are a significant landmark high above Whitby, which can be reached from the town via the flight of 199 steps. For the less energetic there is a bus service and a car park nearby. Though a substantial part of the abbey remains, it has over the years suffered the damage of storms and an attack on Whitby by the German navy in 1914. Fascinating finds are exhibited in the Abbey House, an extension of what was probably the abbot's house after the supression of the monastery. The abbey hosts events for wildlife spotters and for fans of Bram Stoker's Dracula. Whitby Abbey is managed by English Heritage.

More information at the  English Heritage - Whitby abbey website.  Find Whitby Abbey on map

Emergency services

North Yorkshire Police  North Yorkshire Police website.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service  North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service website.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust  Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust website.

HM Coastguard  Coastguard - Coastal safety webpage.

Local government

Civil parish council

Fylingdales Parish Council
Provides some local services in the area.
Link to council website  Fylingdales Parish Council

District authority

Scarborough Borough Council

Scarborough Borough Council covers a large district extending for around 40 miles along the coast to the north and south of Scarborough itself and for several miles inland, also including the towns of Whitby and Filey and many villages.

A large proportion of the district is within the North York Moors National Park.

Elections are held every four years.

A revision of wards on the council from May 2019 means the number of wards of Scarborough Borough Council is reduced from 25 to 20 and the number of councillors elected is reduced from 50 to 46. Each ward has one, two or three councillors.

Link to  Scarborough Borough Council website.

The political composition after the 2019 election was:

46 members

County authority

North Yorkshire County Council
Includes the Scarborough borough and six other non-unitary districts of North Yorkshire.
 North Yorkshire County Council website.

Police and Crime Commissioner

Police and Crime Commissioner North Yorkshire
Covers the county of North Yorkshire and City of York.
 Police and Crime Commissioner North Yorkshire website.

Fire Authority

The North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service was previously governed by the North Yorkshire Combined Fire Authority made up of elected members from across the broad areas of North Yorkshire and City of York councils which it serves. Following a ministerial announcement in June 2018 the governance of the fire service was transferred to the Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire from 15 November 2018.
Further information at the  North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service website.
 Police and Crime Commissioner North Yorkshire website.

National government region

Yorkshire and the Humber

Ceremonial county

North Yorkshire

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