7. Whitby to Robin Hood’s Bay

This coastal town has history, both real and questionable, dating to the Jurassic era. Like all of the gorgeous walks along North York Moors’ coastline, this walk is no exception when it comes to scenic vistas and lush wildlife. Walking from Whitby to Robin Hood’s Bay is 7.5 miles, or about three hours of walking. This walk is also the perfect opportunity to see the dinosaur footprints in person, as well as other fossils from the Jurassic era.

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Coastal view towards Robin Hood’s Bay in the North York Moors National Park. Photo credit: Ebor Images/NYMNPA

These coasts are also home to a special type of gemstone called Whitby jet, due to its unmistakable black color. After you’ve gone on this lovely walk, be sure to stop for fish and chips. Robin Hood’s Bay has a lot of old-world, cozy pubs that are likely what you think of in the English countryside. I usually go back the same way — it won’t get old, promise. If you’re not too keen on walking back, you can also jump on a bus.

What is Robin Hood’s Bay famous for?

Robin Hood’s Bay is famous for the lore of the thief that gave to the poor. According to legend, Robin Hood himself protected the village from French pirates and returned the loot to the poor people who lived there. The quirky old town of Robin Hood’s Bay is ramshackled and very confusing to navigate, with its narrow alleys and footpaths that seem to lead nowhere. It was quite literally built with smugglers in mind. Back in the old days, smugglers could go about their risky business undisturbed, since the paths led straight into the moor.

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