Thursday, 28 October 2010

Robin Hoods Bay

A few miles south of Whitby lies the picturesque smugglers village of Robin Hoods Bay. The weather behaved and it was perfect for a visit.

Its very steep going down into the village (and steeper coming back up!).

I would have loved to have been in this Inn in 1680!!

There are plenty of watering holes here - this is hubby's favourite - Theakstons with a sea view!



The tide was out further than I have ever seen it, and the beach was busy with families.


There are lots of "wave cut platforms" on the beach - my son is a bit of a geography nerd and taught me how the cliffs would have been further out to sea, and these platforms would have been the base of the cliffs.

The coast line here is very erosive - one of the reasons we came was to have a good look. Can you guess what he's doing?



The cliffs remind me very much of the ones at Houlgate in France. They are made of boulder clay. Whilst they look amazing, they also look very very scary.

Did you guess what he was doing? This area is famous for fossils that can be found by splitting the rocks that the boulder clay reveals. Often, they are just lying on the beach like this one was.



Its a really exciting way to entertain a 15 year old (and two fifty something year olds too!).





We had a perfect day at the seaside.

25 comments:

summerfete said...

ooh Diane looks like my kind of place!

I must confess that I have never been further than stoke on trent!

I love looking for fossils too!!

Clare

ps. are you ever home?! LOL

Jill said...

Aren't they amazing - I would have been bored to tears at 15. At 38 though, I'd be as excited as a Violet-year-old :0)

We'll send you a postcard from our hols.

Jill & Violet xxx

love those cupcakes said...

Lovely. Last time I was there it was blowing a gale and there was no-one on the beach. Or in the pub.

diane said...

This is a fascinating village. I was there in 2008 see my post here:
http://diane-adventurebeforedementia.blogspot.com/2008/10/adventure-in-europe-2008-cont-part-4.html

I didn't know about the fossils, what a great find.

Rebecca said...

ahh, I havent been here for years! Looks like it was nice and sunny there :) x

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Fantastic photos and a lovely tour. Thay door is amazing and I just love the fossils. Diane

Lalabibaby @ Dreaming of The Simple Life said...

It looks lovely Diane ... I'll have to put it on my list of places to visit. The fossils remind me of Dorset. x

Sarah said...

Found many a fossil in Robin Hoods Bay and even some Jet! xx

Vintage Tea Time said...

It's lovely place isn't it? Great photos. Does you son know this website - http://www.fossilearth.co.uk/ - very interesting.

Purrfect Haven said...

wow, those fossils are to die for - isn't nature amazing. Love Helen www.happinesskindled.blogspot.com

andamento said...

Fantastic fossils. Somewhere I'd like to visit one day...

Rosie said...

Glad you had a perfect day! Love the fossils:)

periwinkle said...

wow, think I must remember to visit here it's not like it's too far away !!

Menopausal musing said...

I LOVE Robin Hood's Bay........ It has great memories for me.........

Sue said...

Looks a lovely place. My son used to like looking for fossils when he was younger. Have you been down to Dorset? They have lots there although we didn't find much the last time we were there.

jennyfreckles said...

So long since I visited here I've more or less forgotten what it's like. Those fossils lokk really interesting.

cieldequimper said...

I have to be the only person that was beachcombing for fossils in Germany (Baltic sea) who didn't find a single thing, so I would have loved this! And like you, 1680 sounds great to me! Lovely journal of your day!

Julia said...

Diane, those pictures are fabulous! Ive never seen the tide out at Robin Hoods Bay, it's always just at the bottom of the slipway whenever we go! :D
I love the fossils, what a find eh!! Well done, what an interesting find!

Love Julia x x x

Cybèle said...

We go to Lyme Regis for a week in February every year, and your photos remind me a lot of that area. The fossils definitely - you can find them the same way, just like that, you almost trip over them. My 8 year old loves fossil hunting there. Am enjoying your staycation blog posts!

Kathy said...

I went there on a geography trip when I was at school. I remember those cliffs! We were on a residential and stayed in the village of Hackness near Pickering!
The best place for fossils that we've ever found is down at Portland in Dorset. You trip over them on the beach!
Love Kathy xxx

P.S. where are you taking us next?

Anne said...

I love Robin Hoods Bay. I visited over 20 years ago with my hubbie (when we were visiting the UK), so quaint and I remember that steep hill down to the beach.
Those fossils are amazing.
Thanks for sharing,
Anne

harmony and rosie said...

Great fossil finds. We have Kimmeridge just around the corner from us in Dorset which has some good fossiling opportunities too. I don't remember RH Bay but my parents talk about it a lot from when we lived in that neck of the woods. x

Glenn Kilpatrick - Real Whitby said...

So pleased you love Robin hoods bay. Even as a local I believe its one of the most beautiful places on the planet.

solomi558 said...

Were you able to keep the fossils ? are they really to be found on the beach? We are really lucky to be able to find these treasures , I,m not very knowledgeable but I love it when people show these things .
I was the eldest of 6 so it was important to my mum that I left school and went to work.
Now when I see history , physics ,and stuff on t,v that was not available to me in my formative years I,m all agog
Todays youth are so lucky to have parents that care about their education . I did read a lot but there was always "put that book down "---cottonreel

Caroline said...

As part of a college project, I made a small website about Robin Hoods Bay... This gives an intro to those who have never been there, along with some lovely photo's and local information. Visit http://www.baybites.co.uk