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Whitby To Robin Hood’s Bay Walk, All You Need To Know

One of our favourite things to do whilst staying in Whitby is walk and explore. We love to try different routes and take in the coastal scenery. One of our favourite routes is this Whitby to Robin Hood's Bay walk.

Robin Hood's Bay is just five miles from the town of Whitby and offers endless opportunities to explore this walkers paradise. The bay itself is surrounded by the North York Moors National Park, a park that has a network of nearly one and a half thousand miles of rights-of-way pathways. Much of the moorland that covers the National Park is also open access; this alone creates a colossal area of countryside that makes for the perfect walking environment.

Robin Hood's Bay View

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If you fancy walking from Whitby to Robin Hood's Bay why not try this route?

How long does the Whitby to Robin Hood's Bay walk take?

The route is 7 miles and takes around 3-4 hours to complete.

Where does the walk start?

The route starts near the historic Whitby Abbey you will then follow the Cleveland Way National Trail south towards Robin Hood’s Bay.

Cleveland Way Public Footpath

This walk is only a small section of a much larger Cleveland Way which stretches from Scarborough and loops the entirety of North York Moors National Park. This being said, this section of the Cleveland Way is now a well-trodden path and is clearly signposted, making it accessible to all. 

What to expect when walking from Whitby to Robin Hood's Bay

The North Sea breeze brings fresh sea air into every breath, and the ever-changing view of clifftops and sea will keep you in constant wonderment. Your route follows the edge of towering cliffs that become alive with the sound of seabirds in spring and summer. This is a moderate walk and the uneven terrain at points makes It unsuitable for pushchairs or those with reduced mobility. 

Robin Hoods Bay

This is not a technical walk and the route is simple to follow, be prepared though as the undulating terrain will give your legs a good test before you arrive in the pretty fishing village of Robin Hood’s Bay. Once famed for its busy smuggling trade, Robin Hood's Bay is now packed with pubs, cafes, gift shops and a really tasty chippy! Enjoy some rock pooling here or just rest and admire the view.

Is it a circular walk?

This route is not a circular route however there’s a regular bus route between Whitby and Robin Hood’s Bay so the walk can be done in either direction and if you fancy really stretching your legs you can continue down the coast to Ravenscar, set high on a beautiful headland. Follow the full route here.

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