Robin Hood’s Bay

Robin Hood’s Bay

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Robin Hood’s Bay
Distance: 6½ miles
Duration: 2½ to 3 hours
Level of walk: MediumView Walks Key
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Why you should do this walk…

With its wide easy to follow path, the walk offers a good steady climb opening up magnificent views of the North Sea, the coast and Ravenscar. The return along the cliff tops eventually drops into historic Robin Hood’s Bay with its attractions, pubs and cafes. There’s plenty of opportunity for your dog to be let off the lead safely and they are allowed on this beach all year round too.

What else you need to know

How to get there – From the A171 Whitby to Scarborough road, take the B1447 at High Hawsker, which runs down into the village. By No.93/X93 bus from Middlesbrough, Guisborough, Whitby and Scarborough, operated by Arriva Buses.

Suggested map – Ordnance Survey, North York Moors – Eastern Area OL27

Car park – Pay and display car park on Station Road, after turning right at the Grosvenor Hotel

Start – by Fylingdales Hall at the edge of the Station Road car park

Length/time – 6 ½ miles and 2½ to 3 hours

Terrain/difficulty – MEDIUM- the outward leg is mainly on the track bed of the former railway line to Scarborough, the return includes two steep climbs using steps. There are some quiet roads to cross and the final section in Robin Hood’s Bay can be busy at holiday times or weekends.

Dog friendliness – including the beach, much of this walk allows your dog a great deal of freedom to have a run and a good sniff around and there are no stiles to negotiate.  There are dog bins on this route. Dogs are allowed all year on this beach, but please clean up.

Food and drink – the Laurel Inn, The Bay Hotel and Dolphin Hotel allow dogs and there are cafés with comfortable outside seating areas where you can sit out in good weather too. See Directories for details.

Public toilets – in the car park at the start and also at the top of the climb from Robin Hood’s Bay

Other interesting info:

The origins of the name of Robin Hood’s Bay are a mystery, but there is a ballad and legend which tell the story of Robin Hood fighting off French pirates who came to rob the fisherman’s boats. Robin Hood won and returned the loot to the poor people in the village that is now called Robin Hood’s Bay.

The Walk

  1. From the car park, follow the road to the right, immediately passing the village hall and old railway station buildings. The road is quiet, and part of the Cinder Track – a cycle path along the old railway line from Scarborough to Whitby, and way-marked as part of the National Cycle Network. The track drops down to a road, cross it and turn right for a short way then follow the Cinder Track sign to the left to re-join the cycle track.
  2. The route sticks to the old track bed for the next hour – often thickly lined with trees, while all the time passing farmland on either side. The track drops down to cross Middlewood Lane then back up to continue along the Cinder Track.
  3. After passing the former Fylinghall Station Masters’s house to the right and remnants of the platforms to the left, descend a flight of steps to the road. Cross the quiet road and immediately climb some more steps back to the track – the steps can be avoided by staying on the track to the right, down to the road, and crossing there. When the railway was still in use, it was carried over the road by a bridge.
  4. The track continues under a substantial bridge and starts to climb as the tree canopy opens. After passing Alison Head Wood, the track bears left to Browside Farm from where there are splendid views of the Yorkshire Coastline and the North Sea.
  5. After the track bears right, pass under a stone bridge with a brick arch then turn left onto a short path which leads to a single-track road. With a fine sea view ahead, follow the road as it meanders downhill towards Stoupebrow Cottage Farm – keeping your dog under close control. As the road straightens, there are spectacular views of Robin Hood’s Bay and its cliffs in front.
  6. Continue on past a sign for Ravenscar and at the end of the road by Stoupe Bank Farm, keep to the right following a way-marked path for the Cleveland Way and beach. Head downhill along the stone step path, and cross the footbridge over Stoupe Beck to the steps back up the cliff. If the tide is favourable, it is possible to walk back to Robin Hood’s Bay along the beach from this beautiful spot.
  7. Continue up the steps and follow the path along the cliff top along a wide, grassy path next to a wooden post and wire fence. Behind there are great views to Ravenscar with its cliff top hotel. It may be wise to keep your dog on the lead here due to the erosion of parts of the cliff edges.
  8. At a National Trust sign for Boggle Hole, descend some steps to a quiet road and cross over, before heading a short distance to the right. Turn left at a sign for Boggle Hole and refreshments, following the path over the footbridge and passing the Youth Hostel to the left. There is also another opportunity to head to the beach at this point. Once across Mill Beck, climb some more steep steps and follow the path up into the trees.
  9. Pass through a gate and continue ahead along an enclosed path with fine views of Robin Hood’s Bay straight ahead. After passing through the next gate, turn right while remaining on the way-marked coastal path. Again there is some erosion here – so keep your dog under close control.
  10. The path leads to a flight of wooden steps, keep descending to the right towards the slipway at Robin Hood’s Bay. At the bottom, the walk continues left towards the village but the beach may just be too tempting!
  11. On the road by the coastguard station, head uphill along New Road. It may be wise to stop for refreshment along the way before tackling the steepest section beyond the Laurel Inn back up towards the starting point. After passing the roundabout and the Victoria Hotel to the right, continue along Station Road, back to the car park.



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  1. Amado Brande  - 07/04/2012 - 6:36 am

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    • anxiety  - 26/04/2012 - 12:37 am

      Very interesting info!Perfect just what I was searching for!

  2. Nathan Wragg  - 18/07/2012 - 11:20 pm

    I did this walk on 17/07/12, with my two Jack Russell’s Jack & Millie. We had a fab day and the poochies loved the beach part of the walk. This site is fantastic and very helpful. We are doing another walk from this site on Thursday!

  3. corina  - 20/07/2012 - 6:34 pm

    Glad Jack and Millie had fun on the beach walk. Let us know how you got on with the Castle Howard Welburn walk when you’ve got a min.

  4. Lukardis  - 02/10/2013 - 10:51 pm

    This was the first walk I took on September 30,2013 with 2 of our three labs. Pepo 12 years and a few months and Auriga just over a year had been stuck inside for several days – so this was the first walk to really stretch their and my legs after 12 nours drive from Cologen, Germany the day before. I found your website by chance on the internet and was very peased with the outcome. I did 3 of your walks before continuing on toScotland on October 3. Thank you.

    • Tired  - 14/12/2012 - 4:51 pm

      We did this walk 9 dec following the cleveland way signs after hundreds of steps up and down cliffs some ok some quite iffy the youngest of us age 72 we were on the cliff path all the way At one point we had to go on our hands knees up a very steep hill. (not very long)the ground was muddy and very slippy and was quite near the edge of the cliff , another point took us to a flight of steep spiral steps and at the bottom stepping stones over a stream then up another flight of steps this walk took approx 4hrs a nd brought us out at the lighthouse at Whitby ,which we were all very thankful to see. We would like to do the walk again only the easier version along the beach. Can anyone tell us where we went wrong

  5. Sophie  - 16/08/2015 - 6:22 pm

    This is a great walk, we found it really easy to follow however when we got to point 6 we got confused as there are 2 sign posts saying the same thing on the right hand side, you have to have carry on downhill which bears to the left to get to the steep steps onto the beach.
    Would definitely do this walk again!

    • Alan  - 23/11/2014 - 10:27 pm

      Two Cocker Spaniels just loved it
      The flights of steps up and down are challenging for the less fit
      Although taking the beach route should make it a doodle
      Excellent directions
      Thank you

  6. The Harpers  - 31/08/2015 - 12:31 pm

    We loved this walk! The scenery changed throughout from village, to wooded cinder path, to rural farming, to beach and coastal path and finally back to the simply idyllic Robin Hood’s bay. If we did it again and the tide was out we would opt to complete the walk along the beach as the last down and up by Boggle Hole was quite tough (steep steps)! We would definitely do this walk again!

    • The Harpers  - 31/08/2015 - 12:31 pm

      We loved this walk! The scenery changed throughout from village, to wooded cinder path, to rural farming, to beach and coastal path and finally back to the simply idyllic Robin Hood’s bay. If we did it again and the tide was out we would opt to complete the walk along the beach as the last down and up by Boggle Hole was quite tough (steep steps)! We would definitely do this walk again!

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Walking on mostly flat terrain, little walking up hill and few styles or dry stone walls to negotiate. Distance from 1 to 5 miles.

Some walking up steep hills over rugged terrain, negotiating dry stone walls. Distance from 3 to 6 miles.

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