Robin Hood’s Bay
We are now on our very last adventure and wanted to choose something special. As an island, one thing we have in spades is the seaside and so for this, the 6th and final adventure, we decided to take a coastal walk visiting some of the very favourite places of our previous students.
Whitby, a fishing town with it’s dark brooding ruined Abbey on the cliff top and it’s connection with the Dracula story is always something interesting to discover and further along the coast is Robin Hood’s Bay – conjuring up pictures of smugglers – is a very pretty place where we often have a drink by the sea before returning home across the moors.
We chose a walk around Robin Hood’s Bay for our final walk in this series (we will be doing lots more with our students over the summer) and the weather (although quite windy) was perfect for a day by the sea. We began at the top of the village by the old railway and the first part of the walk followed the old railway line (now no longer there) which is called the cinder path. Along the way we saw old platforms and other railway paraphernalia which is now no longer in use. The walk took us through train tunnels as well as tunnels of trees and was quite easy and attractive.
After about an hour we began to move back towards the coastal path and as we emerged from the trees we were greeted by a really spectacular view across the sea. I think it is always exciting to come upon a sea view and despite the wonderful walks we have done recently with their dramatic upland moors and attractive riversides, there is nothing quite so attractive as a sea view rising up on the horizon. As we passed a farm we were greeted by 4 peacocks – very attractive guard dogs! We stopped and sat down for a little to admire the view and get our breath back after the climb!
A short break to admire the view
We were now half way through the walk and the rest of it would hug the coastline giving us a permanent view of the waves and cliffs. This part of the walk was very up and down as we made our way towards first Boggle Hole (funny name!) and then on to the beach and back, eventually, to our starting point in Robin Hood’s Bay.
The views from the cliff path were stunning. The sea looked quite choppy but was quite a way out. We descended into Boggle Hole (this is to do with pixies like the ‘house elves’ in Harry Potter – you can read the information at the link above) which is now a Youth Hostel with a cafe and the beach with the Boggle’s cave.
The final part of the walk crossed through a small wood and then along the headland with the sea on the right and a stud farm (horses) on the left. At the end we had a choice to go on into the village or walk the last part across the beach – we chose the latter and after climbing over a huge pile of seaweed we found the sand and walked along to the slipway and finally to the pub for a well-earned pint of beer!
Although this is the last (for now) of our Yorkshire Adventures in these posts, there are hundreds of other places to visit. We have stately homes, castles, ruined abbeys, beautiful gardens, caves, the seaside and fabulous landscapes. If cities are more your thing then York, Durham. Leeds and Newcastle are all within striking distance. Whatever Yorkshire Adventure you would like, we can arrange it for you! So come, be immersed in English and choose your very own Yorkshire Adventure!