Robin Hood’s Bay

The weather brightened a bit today after breakfast so we decided to head over to the coast and visit the tiny village of Robin Hood’s Bay. We passed through Whitby on the way and that gave me 3G data speeds for enough time to post our last entry using Blogsy. I purchased an O2 iPad SIM card when we got here with the promise of the best data coverage in the UK but coverage across the Yorkshire Moors has been very spotty.

Robin Hood’s Bay is a wonderful coastal village on the North Sea a stone’s throw south of the larger port Whitby. The main attraction of the town for us is the steep drop from the main town down to the sea front. There is a road leading down the hill but it is very steep and traffic is restricted to local people needing to drive down the hill to the many shops, restaurants and cottages. We parked in one of two public parking areas at the top of the hill and followed a paved sidewalk along the cliff tops to the bottom. The tide was out as you can see in these photos which gave us a great opportunity to do some beach combing as well as get some photos with reflections in the tidal pools. We grabbed a toasted sandwich and coffee at the local bakery and then strolled back up the very steep road to our car park near the community center.

We left Robin Hood’s Bay and headed back north through Whitby along the coast road to another small town, Saltburn On The Sea….love the longer than usual names. My father told me years ago that the longer names were required in order to differentiate towns of similar names. For example, there is more than one town in England named Saltburn, hence the hyphenated name for this Saltburn.

The funicular was very interesting to see and dates back to 1864. It is one of only three water powered funiculars in all of England, the rest are all electric. This one uses 350 gallons of sea water to fill a cistern on the top most car which makes it heavier than the bottom car. The controller at the top just has to release the brake on the top car and gravity takes over from there. The two cars are connected by a fixed length cable and while the top car descends the slope, the bottom car ascends the same slope. It costs £1 to take the funicular down to the pier below and another £1 to come back up if you don’t want to walk.