Yorkshire Coast Photography Part Two – Robin Hood’s Bay

Robin Hood’s Bay by Sam Oakes

Located within the North York Moors National Park just 5 miles south of Whitby and 15 miles north of Scarborough, Robin Hood’s Bay is a gem for any photographer any time of year.

The town has been an important fishing village from the 1500s and is a maze of tiny streets, which was used by smugglers during the late 18th century, as was much of the North Yorkshire coast.

The houses and fishing cottages are mostly built from Sandstone and with red tiled roofs makes a great location for photography all the way down to the sea. Because the streets are narrow, its good to spend some time here and see how the light changes as the day goes by and lights up the different buildings.

The bay itself is a large sweeping sandy and rocky beach, to the left of the town facing the sea you have Ness Point and to the right in the distance is Ravenscar. There is much to explore along this coast (always check the tide times when setting out, as you can get cut off). Walking along the beach you reach Boggle Hole, named after a Hobgoblin thought to have lived in the caves, here is where many of the smugglers landed their contraband. This is a great spot for sunsets and the view in both directions is fantastic. The combination of rock and sand provide plenty of lead in lines and the rock pools on a still day give stunning reflections.

Boggle Hole by Sam Oakes

From here you can take the path along the tops of the cliffs (part of the Cleveland Way) towards Ravenscar passing Stoupe Bank Farm. There are many fields filled with flowers during the early summer, the below image was taken at the end of May.

Cleveland Way by Sam Oakes

The long sweeping views back towards Robing Hoods Bay are breath taking. At this end of the bay you can get to the golf course, which has paths through to the National Trust Information Center.

Towards Ravenscar by Sam Oakes


Like anywhere along the Yorkshire Coast, each time you visit you find different and interesting locations for photography. Because of the size of the bay it’s worth giving yourself a couple of days to explore the area. Always take a compass with you and observe the sunrise and sunset times to get into the best positions. There is ample accommodation around at various prices and an excellent campsite up the hill from the village.

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