Robin Hood’s Bay in Summer

Boats on The Dock at Dusk

As winter approaches I thought now would be a good time to look back at some summer photography.  I had a visit to Robin Hood’s Bay in August and although this was by no means my first visit to this attractive old fishing village on the Yorkshire Coast it was the first time I’d had decent sunset and sunrise photo shoots on the beach so, despite rather mixed weather conditions, I came away with some pleasing images.

Robin Hoods Bay at Dusk
Robin Hoods Bay at Dusk

After an overcast morning stomping across Fylingdales Moor to Ravenscar and up the coast path, I arrived at Robin Hood’s Bay in bright sunny weather.  The area around the dock outside the Bay Hotel was busy, as was the beach itself as the tide was well out exposing lots of rock pools for a spot of shrimping.

Fishing Boats on The Dock
Fishing Boats on The Dock

I wandered down onto the beach to explore reflections of passing clouds in the rock pools along with reflections of the village itself in the larger pools on the beach.  The clouds started to build up and pretty soon the sky was looking rather threatening, but rather dramatic.

Stormy Sky at Robin Hoods Bay
Stormy Sky at Robin Hoods Bay

Sure enough, a shower arrived but this was fortunately short lived and as the weather started to clear up slightly a rainbow appeared across the entire bay, which was a bit of a bonus.

Rainbow Over the Sea at Robin Hoods Bay
Rainbow Over the Sea at Robin Hoods Bay

Having run out of ideas with the rock pools I decided to go and check in to my B+B and return later for sunset.

Twilight and Incoming Tide at Robin Hoods Bay
Twilight and Incoming Tide at Robin Hoods Bay

The weather stayed fine with just a few clouds passing over, reflecting pink light as the sun went down, which worked particularly well with the incoming tide.  As dusk fell and the lights came on, reflections in the tide pools looking back towards the village worked well – I just had to keep an eye on the tide so I didn’t get cut off!

Robin Hoods Bay at Dusk
Robin Hoods Bay Reflections at Dusk

Eventually I returned to the safety of the dock which was cool and quiet in the fading light, a complete contrast from the bustling hub of the village earlier in the afternoon.

Boats on The Dock at Dusk
Boats on The Dock at Dusk

This wrapped up a good day’s photography so I returned to the B+B for an early night – the forecast was reasonable for the next morning so I’d be up before dawn to get down to the beach for sunrise.

Cloud Formations at Dawn Robin Hoods Bay
Cloud Formations at Dawn Robin Hoods Bay

The sunrise proved to be lovely with dramatic clouds sweeping over the bay illuminated by pink light before dawn.  As the sun rose it disappeared into a bank of cloud over the sea so there was no strong sunlight on the village itself but the dappled pink clouds and reflections in the tide pools produced quite a subtle sunrise image.

Robin Hoods Bay at Dawn
Robin Hoods Bay at Dawn

After this it was time to return to the B+B for a very well earned and delicious breakfast.  After breakfast and checking out the early cloud had cleared so I had a final walk down to the beach.

Summer Morning at Robin Hoods Bay
Summer Morning at Robin Hoods Bay

By this time the village was fully lit and blue sky and white clouds promised another warm summer’s day ahead.

Travel Details

I travelled to Scarborough with First Transpennine Express and continued by Arriva North East bus to The Flask Inn, hiking across the moor to Ravenscar and up to Robin Hood’s Bay, returning from Robin Hood’s Bay to Scarborough.  The bus also serves Whitby and Middlesborough.  I stayed at Raven House B+B commanding fine views over the bay toward Ravenscar and offering a fine breakfast to set you up for a day’s photography!

About marksunderland

Mark Sunderland is a landscape and travel photographer based in Yorkshire, England. He supplies licensed images through marksunderland.com - The Source for Images of Yorkshire - and also runs photography workshops in the Yorkshire Dales with Natural Light Workshops.

2 Responses

  1. Great. Are you on Flickr? If so I’d like to follow you there – not on Twitter, Facebook, etc. Can’t find a ‘Follow’ button on this blog either. Love pics of my home county.(ex-pat Tyke that I am).

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