A trip to Robin Hood’s Bay.
Legend has it that Robin Hood sailed from here to:
1. Defeat sea-rovers or :
2. Become a sea-rover or:
3. Landed here after the Crusades.
Hood is a common enough name among the old fishing families on this, and the Durham coast.
cobles at Bay
On the wall of the Bay Hotel:
The shore is a nature reserve – the inter-tidal is rich in life.
The famous Whitby jet is fossilised Jurassic monkey-puzzle trees. Here are a few bits of jet embedded in sandstone.
Jet in situ
Robin Hood's Bay
Looking into the beck.
The generations that once lived here were strong and brave folk.
From rocks and sands and barren lands,
Kind fortune keep me free,
And from great guns and spiteful tongues,
Good Lord deliver me.
(seen scratched on a piece of narwhal ivory – dated c 1835)
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