|Robin Hood's Bay|
Robin Hood's Bay is unusually both a Bay and a small fishing village on the North Yorkshire coast. Although the village has now extended up the hill where the car parks and larger accommodation are located, the main focus of attention is on the separate historic area at the bottom of the steep lanes.
|Door Knocker, Robin Hood's Bay|
|Roofs, Robin Hood's Bay|
Sailing back into history though, there's not a lot to find specifically about Robin Hood's Bay beyond the 15th century.
Legend suggests that the name comes from Robin Hood rescuing the local people from the French pirates who came to steal their boats and returning the assets to the people of the village.
|Chapel Street, Robin Hoods Bay|
It might be unbelievable but then again as I take you on a walk around the village, everything is unbelievable.
Fishing and ... err .. smuggling (an 18th century tax evasion haven as it imported goods such as tea, tobacco and rum from mainland Europe) were the main industry but the geography of the village would be a determining factor as to why the former declined in the 19th century and the latter succeeded !
Whole families would be involved in the fishing industry by part owning a small boat or transporting the goods to other parts of Yorkshire for sale.
A short distance to the north, Whitby has a more accessible harbour and the fishing business still survives to this day.
Following a comment in the section below, I decided to revise the above image to straighten the verticals when I acquired the relevant program and expertise...
|Old Post Office, Robin Hood's Bay|
|Old Bakery Tearooms, Robin Hood's Bay|
The Old bakery tearooms overhanging the river with it's wooden extension.
|Robin Hood's Bay House|
Tourism is the main industry these days for those who enjoy the romantic images of fishing villages from the past, artists and ... err ... photographers !
|Guest House (Bramblewick Robin Hood's Bay)|
The village shop that seems to sell everything in all seasons !!
Alfred Wainwright, the famous Lake District writer, artist and fellwalker, moved on to other projects later in life. One of which was to design a walk that went through glorious countryside across Northern England. The route which can be done in either direction goes through three National parks (Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors) but the favoured route is west to east where the walker has to dip their feet into the north sea to complete the walk ...
|(Coast to coast walk, Robin Hood's Bay)|
I realise that I've missed a whole season out but I'm reminded that I must get those Christmas cards written for posting next as I don't want to be left out in the cold ....