Robin Hood’s Bay is a stunning fishing village perched on the North Yorkshire coast. Famous for its historic association with smugglers, it has a beautiful sandy beach, twisting cobbled streets lined with independent shops and wonderful clifftop views along the coast.
I’ve been to Robin Hood’s Bay quite a few times since I moved to Yorkshire – it’s definitely worth the drive to get there! There is a wonderful circular walk starting from the car park at the top of the village. This walk is beautiful, especially in summer when the hedges and flowers are in full bloom, and on a sunny day the sea could almost be the Mediterranean as it is so blue!
If you don’t fancy a longer walk there is plenty to occupy you in the village. Park at the Station Car Park (pay and display) at the top of the hill as there is very limited parking in the village and it is difficult to navigate the streets in a car. Walk down the hill and enjoy the view over the village to the North Sea. Once in the village browse the shops, stop for lunch or visit the village’s tiny museum (free entry, not dog friendly).
There are a whole host of independent businesses in Robin Hood’s Bay, many of which are dog friendly. Lots of them are also focussed on the fact that for many Robin’s Hood Bay marks the end of the Coast to Coast walk (which is on my walking bucket list!). If you visit, make sure you take the time to call in to one of the cafes and relax with a drink and something to eat, and enjoy the views or a bit of people watching. I have taken shelter from sudden downpours in the dog friendly Coffee Shack and definitely recommend their cakes!
The beach at Robin Hood’s Bay is dog friendly year round, and you will encounter plenty of other dog walkers on the beach. Merry especially loves splashing around in the rock pools and swimming in the sea! Robin Hood’s Bay is part of the ‘Dinosaur Coast’ and fossil hunters also like to comb the beach for specimens. Coupled with its family friendly nature, it is best to visit this beach during the week or out of season, as it can get busy in summer.
Overall dog friendly rating – 5/5. Robin Hood’s Bay gets full marks from us – beautiful sandy beach for running and swimming (please pick up poo and dispose of in the bins provided), miles of coastal walks, dog friendly shop and cafes – there’s simply nothing Robin Hood’s Bay doesn’t offer to dogs and their owners!
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