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You may not see Robin Hood and his merry men when taking a holiday in North Yorkshire and visiting Robin Hood’s Bay but you are certainly in for a treat. Robin Hoods Bay lies in the parish of Fylingdales, an ancient settlement which saw the first evidence of man some 3000 years ago.

As far as the name is concerned there is no evidence to suggest that Robin Hood ever visited the bay, rather the name is derived from legends with local origins and could well be from more than one legend. Stories tended to cross over from one legend to another and whilst Robin Hood was a name of an ancient forest it was similar to Robin Goodfellow which could explain the name crossover.

There is far more evidence to suggest that Robin Hood’s Bay was the busiest smuggling community on the Yorkshire Coast back in the 18th century. The nature of its location, protected by marshy moorland and very well isolated provided a good base for well organised business. These days tourism plays an important role for the place with many Robin Hoods Bay Hotels to choose from.

Today, the bay is visited by holidaymaker’s year on year whilst they stay in Hotels in Whitby and beyond. Visitors get a chance to learn about the tides and rock pools at the Old Coastguard Station and visit the village hall which frequently stages exhibitions and events. Opportunities to indulge in a romantic horse ride along the sandy beach or moorland and a chance to paint your own pottery at Doodlepots, from novelty items to practical mugs and plates are available to all holiday makers. Great activities combined with beautiful coastal walks and an ample choice of eateries makes Robin Hood Bay a must see place whilst in North Yorkshire.

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