Robin Hood's Bay lies only six miles from the seaside town of Whitby, and the route between the two offers its own sensory delights, whether walked, driven, or cycled.
The quaint seaside town of Whitby encapsulates all that is quintessential in the idea of Englishness. With the eyes of the town gazing out to the North Sea, this coastal clifftop microcosm is one of the jewels of North Yorkshire, and the whole of the British Isles itself. Immersed in over a thousand years of history, from its Anglo-Saxon monastery and Abbey, to its popularity as a spa-town retreat for the Georgian masses, Whitby will satisfy the appetite of the most ardent history buff.
What really sets Whitby aside from the many seaside towns of England is its locality and relationship with the surrounding countryside. To Whitby's eastern seaward side lies the heritage coast, a coastline known famously for its preservation of dinosaur footprints, and prehistoric fossils. Inland, to its western side, lies the North York Moors National Park. As an area of vast moorland and dales, its stunning natural beauty makes it a mecca for amateur and serious ramblers alike. But take heed, there's no need to venture too far out of Whitby to get the satisfaction of travelling through this idyllic countryside.
Robin Hood's Bay, or Bay Town to the locals, is a small fishing village that picturesquely lies between two steep cliffs. With a rich history of its own, breathtaking scenery and cottages that stand unchanged by the hands of time, the journey between Whitby and Robin Hood's Bay is not one to be missed.
Walking from Whitby to Robin Hood's Bay
With only the path beneath your feet, a sea breeze to your left and the rolling farmland pastures to your right, walking is a perfect way to make the journey between Whitby and Robin Hoods Bay.
Starting the journey itself is an easy enough task as the path begins at the famous ruins of Whitby Abbey, a location renowned by locals and out-of-towners alike. After a little sightseeing at this historical location, it is only a short walk past Whitby Brewery and then you’re on your way. As this is a small part of the much larger Cleveland Way – a famous route that stretches over a hundred miles – the path here is well-trodden and clearly signposted. After half a mile the coastal path takes a small diversionary route through Whitby Caravan Park, but fear not, this is only temporary. Following the path to the left, you are soon back on the Cleveland Way. Every next mile of the walk is uninterrupted and the road lays clear ahead, with only the sea breeze in the air and rolling heather lands under your feet.
Each twist and turn of this coastal path brings a fresh new look of the cliffs and the sea, a picture-postcard view that is ever-changing with every step. At six miles long, this section of the Cleveland Way will take around three hours to complete. It is advisable to wrap up warm and appropriate footwear is a must – you're right next to the North Sea, after all! As you draw ever closer to the end of the walk and turn that final corner, Robin Hood's bay will appear majestically in front of you. If you are brave enough to walk this path during winter you will be rewarded with snowy peaks that gaze down on the bay. This view alone makes the walk worth every step. Why not reward yourself with a well-deserved pint or a bite to eat in one of the many country pubs overlooking Robin Hood's Bay. Give those tired legs a rest and take the quick bus ride back to Whitby. For more information on this walking route, click here.
Taking the bus from Whitby to Robin Hood's Bay
Public transport between Whitby and Robin Hood's Bay has never been simpler or more streamed lined. For those who wish to reach the bay in a speedy twenty minutes, head to the bus station on Victoria Square. Catch the X93 bus from stand two. This service runs every half an hour, the first at 0631 and the last at 1741. On Sundays and bank holidays this will change to 0836 and 1406 respectively. The journey will take you out of Whitby, crossing the River Esk and into open rolling farmland. Passing through the combined villages of High and Low Hawsker, the bus arrives in the heart of Robin Hood's Bay on Thorpe Lane. Conveniently, this is also the stop to catch the returning bus back to Whitby.
Cycling from Whitby to Robin Hood's Bay
The perfect traffic-free route awaits those wishing to cycle their way from Whitby to Robin Hood's Bay. The Cinder Track is a rail line that once ran the entire route from Whitby to Scarborough, ending its service in 1965. Cutting its way through the Yorkshire countryside, crossing bridges, aqueducts and farmland, you will be hard-pressed to find a grander route to cycle in the entire surrounding area.
The easiest way to start your route is to exit the road at Southend Gardens, a road running out of the centre of Whitby. Leaving the sound of traffic behind you, and instantly hugged in by nature, the path ahead is clear with only coppiced woodland on either side. After half a mile the trees on both sides gradually ebb away, revealing the jaw-dropping sight of the Larpool Viaduct. Cycling across the viaduct you are treated to some of the most beautiful views of the River Esk and the surrounding valleys of Whitby below. You will be crossing a piece of English cultural history. The viaduct is mentioned in Bram Stokers gothic novel “Dracula”, and has also been a location for many British television dramas.
After a further three miles of scenic cycling, you will pass through the charming village of Hawkser. If you are without your own bikes, Hawkser is the location of Trailways Cycle Hire, a family-friendly outlet that hires out bicycles for as little as £20 a day. As an alternative to the many caravan sites, guest houses and hotels in Whitby, Trailways also offers accommodation in the form of luxury converted train carriages – a unique stay in the perfect cycling location. When exiting the village of Hawkser, The Cinder Track gently declines and sweeps down the Heritage Coast and into Robin Hood's Bay, the cool sea air bringing a refreshing end to the six-mile trail. With such a clearly signposted and well-ridden trail, The Cinder Track is the perfect cycling route for families, young children and even seasoned cyclists.
Driving from Whitby to Robin Hood's Bay
For those looking for the quickest mode of travel and route out of Whitby to Robin Hood's Bay then driving is of cause the best choice. With a relatively straight route of A and B roads connecting the two, you can arrive in the bay in as little as twelve minutes. Exiting Whitby’s east side via Helredale Road you will soon join the A171, following this road south for two and a half miles before passing through the village of Hawkser. Take a left onto the B1447 when leaving Hawkser, following this road southbound until you arrive at the north of Robin Hoods Bay. Learn more about parking in Robin Hoods Bay.