Robin Hood’s Bay is a fishing village on a wild stretch of the North Yorkshire coast, within the North York Moors National Park. Its cobbled streets were used by smugglers, who brought tea, gin and tobacco ashore here in the 18th century. Today, self-catering holidays in Robin Hood’s Bay are popular among visitors who want to hike on the moors and coast, discover secluded beaches and enjoy days out at the classic resorts of Scarborough and Whitby. The village marks the eastern end of Alfred Wainwright’s renowned 190-mile Coast to Coast walk, and is a stop on the Cleveland Way.

Follow one of the steep paths towards the sea from your holiday cottage in Robin Hood’s Bay and you will discover a stunning beach, with vast stretches of sand, and rock pools, where you can hunt for crabs at low tide. Take an invigorating swim in the sea, build a sandcastle or hunt for ancient fossils along the shore.

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The village runs right to the cliff-edge and is a wonderful place to explore by foot. Hidden away on the cobbled alleyways that lead off the main road and tumble towards the sea, you will find a variety of family-run businesses.  Ye Dolphin is a cosy pub on King’s Street, with a selection of local ales and a menu of delicious Yorkshire dishes. The Smugglers Bar and Bistro is a good choice for an evening meal, with tasty pizzas and fresh, locally caught seafood. And the Old Bakery is a charming café, serving great coffee and homemade cake.

Holiday cottages in Robin’s Hood are close to some of North Yorkshire’s most captivating scenery. A few miles inland, there are lovely walks through Sneaton Forest, to Falling Foss Waterfall. At low-tide, it is possible to walk the three miles along the beach to Ravenscar. Further south, Scarborough is one of England’s oldest resorts with a graceful promenade, packed with nostalgic seaside amusements. And to the north, Whitby is a lively port with beautiful architecture and an ancient harbour.