View of Robin Hood Bay from afar
Yeah baby, I'm back!
The bus ride was getting interesting and the clouds had started to fill the sky, and the weather was getting cooler. I reached R H Bay around 1pm and the crowds had started to fill the little town. I was feeling a bit relaxed and there began my walk down the narrow roads.
Why this city is named so, nobody knows. It is doubtful if Robin Hood was ever in the vicinity. Some say it was named after him because he supposedly went out on a fishing trip and 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 people, and hence the village is named in his honour.
The one thing that people associate this town with is smuggling.
An example of the very narrow streets
There is supposedly a network of subterranean passageways linking the houses. During the late 18th century smuggling was rife on the Yorkshire
coast. Vessels from the continent brought contraband which was distributed by contacts on land and the operations were financed by syndicates who made profits without the risks taken by the seamen and the villagers. Tea, gin, rum, brandy and tobacco were among the contraband smuggled into Yorkshire from Holland and France to avoid the duty. Infact, right by the bay, one can see one of those "tunnels" that lead into the main city where smuggling was carried out. So much history for such a tiny town!
The travel books said the best way to enjoy the town is to get lost, and get lost I did.
The town is incredible, you have to marvel at how they built the roads, the houses and the cobbled pavements. The only thing I was bummed about is that the Museum of R H Bay was closed for a months. I still managed to stay here for over an hour walking around, taking pictures and continuing to get lost. I was particularly interested in the history of the stone Jet Black, which isn't really a stone. One of the professors frm the previous day explained the significance to me, so it was good seeing it in stores here in R H Bay. It was a good experience, and the weather was incredible. I had an ice cream on my way up to the bus stop and started back to Whitby
in the afternoon. The bus ride was about 20 minutes.