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Robin Hoods Bay

North Yorkshire

A large picturesque bay with some sandy areas and extensive rock reefs exposed at low tide. Robin Hood's Bay has a dock for small boats and some good local pubs and restaurants surrounding the bay.

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Water Quality

Annual classification:

2016 Excellent

Pollution risk forecasts are only made between May and September.

Facilities at Robin Hoods Bay beach

CampsiteFood availableToilets

Parking

There are two car parks overlooking the bay.

Dog restrictions

Dogs are allowed.

Beach cleaning

No current information

Lifeguards

None

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Activities

A good spot for surfing and other water sports. Visit the local museum or take a tour on horseback from the local riding centre.

Wildlife and Walks

Within North York Moors National Park this is a stunning area which is excellent for walking. Explore the coastline and visit nearby Whitby Abbey, managed by English Heritage. There are whale watching trips which leave from Whitby - visit the Whitby Guide for more information. See Marine Wildlife sightings at this beach

Beach type: sand, rock,

Beach Location

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Water Quality

What's tested here?

Water samples are taken at this designated bathing water by the Environment Agency, during the bathing season, from 15th May to 30th September. Find out more about designated bathing waters.

High levels of bacteria in the water can indicate pollution from sewage treatment works or polluted rain water draining from the land. Where does pollution comes from and how can you help?

Water quality can be reduced for up to 72 hours after heavy rain. Look out for temporary signs at the beach and on our website.

Annual classification

2016 Excellent

What’s does this mean?

At the end of every bathing season the water quality is classified as either-

Excellent – the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest
Good – generally good water quality
Sufficient – meets minimum standards
Poor – You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

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Today’s daily pollution forecast

Daily water quality forecasts are made at some designated bathing waters during the bathing season which is May to September in England and Wales and June to September in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Water quality isn’t monitored outside of this time and daily pollution forecasts are not made – check back here during the bathing season for the latest forecasts.

Safety, Weather & Tides

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Potential hazards at this beach

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Beach Cleans

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Our volunteers have been surveying rubbish on  UK beaches for over 20 years. In that time shoreline litter had more than doubled and plastic has gone up by 180%!

MCS beach cleans are run all year round All year round Beach Clean events with our flagship event 'Great British Beach Clean' Great British Beach Clean - 18th to 21st Sept in September.

Volunteers record the litter they find - we use this information to help Governments and industry understand how to stop the rubbish getting there in the first place. We also promote behaviour change among the public using the data collected.

MCS Beach clean events

Within 10 miles of Robin Hoods Bay beach

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Small changes, big differences

litter bin icon Take your rubbish home - don’t try and cram more stuff into already overflowing beach bins

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Toilet icon Only put the 3P's down the loo - Pee, Poo and Paper - everything else goes in the bin!

Fancy a fish dish?

Find an eatery with a Fish2fork sustainable seafood rating within 10 miles of Robin Hoods Bay beach

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We rate restaurants according to the impact the seafood they serve has on fish stocks and the health of our oceans.

Along with MCS we want all seafood served in the UK to be sustainable.

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Sustainable Red fish – one or more fish options on the menu is an MCS Fish to Avoid

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Wildlife Spotting

You never know what kinds of wildife you'll come across at the beach. We're interested in what you find - especially if you come across jellyfish, basking sharks or turtles. Tell us what you find.

Find out the latest news and information on marine wildlife from around the UK.

Note: This page shows reports of sightings of jellyfish, basking sharks and turtles ONLY, as MCS holds national databases for these species. Don't be alarmed if it looks like there are lots of jellyfish in the area, they are fascinating creatures. We always advise "look but don't touch".

Latest reported sightings

Within 10 miles of Robin Hoods Bay beach

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Katie Gilks
on 27 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Anthony Hurd
on 25 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Emma Hay
on 30 Jun 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Rachel Lacy
on 17 Jun 2016

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