Week 9: Sunday Walk in Robin Hoods Bay
A short walk down the coast from Whitby, Robin Hood's Bay is a perfect destination for a summer walk. Situated on the Cleveland Way, there are both coastal and farmland routes available, as well as plenty of shops selling ice creams!
The origin of the name is uncertain, and it is doubtful if Robin Hood was ever in the vicinity. The bay may be called Robin Hood's Bay, because of the English ballad said according to legend, Robin Hood went out in his fishing trip and he encountered pirates who came to pillage the fisherman's boat. He got the French pirates to surrender and returned the goods that the pirates had robbed during the plundering of the northeast coast of England to the poor peoples. Robin Hood returned home to his Merry Men from his trip of fighting the pirates and gave the pirates' loot to the poor people of the village of the bay that is now called Robin Hood's Bay.
We'll take a coach to Robin Hoods Bay, and from there split into two groups, one group takes a medium-length walk whilst the second group take on a larger route. Both walks are preplanned and lead by our trained walk leaders.
Medium walks are generally between 6 and 8 miles (10-13 km) long, and tend to be at a reasonably gentle pace and always include a stop for a pub lunch. Long walks are slightly more challenging and are between 10 and 12 miles (16-19 km) long and don't include a pub lunch but instead stop for a packed lunch along the way. At 4.00pm all the groups meet back at the coach and return back to the University, arriving no later than 6.00pm.
What to Bring
We run both medium and long walks - if you choose the medium walk, please bring money for a pub lunch, as not all places take card payments, and if you choose to do the long walk, please bring a packed lunch, as there is no guarantee that you'll be able to buy food when we get there.
Please wear appropriate clothing for a walk in the Yorkshire countryside! Walking boots are best, but if you don't have any, sturdy trainers or wellies should be fine. Also please avoid wearing jeans, because they get very unpleasant to wear when it rains. As this is Yorkshire, you should always be prepared for rain, no matter HOW sunny it looks, so remember to bring waterproofs or other appropriate wet weather gear.
When and Where to Meet Us
We meet near the white benches outside the Roger Kirk Centre in James College at 8.45am. Arrival time back to campus varies depending on where we are walking but we're normally back between 5-6pm.
These walks are open to everyone, the prices are as follows: Students with the Normal Membership or Ben Lairig Memebership pay £7, and non-members pay £9. To book a place on the trip, you must purchase a ticket from the YUSU website.
Tickets for the medium route go on sale from Monday - Wednesday of the given timetable week, and the long route tickets are available all week. Everyone purchases the same ticket, and if you're not a member, we'll ask for
an extra £2 on the day.
If you wish to join the medium group but didn't purchase a ticket before Wednesday, you can purchase a long route ticket, however you must bring a packed lunch with you, as we can't gurantee you a spot in the pub for food!