Robin Hood’s Bay Camping

After our experience of hiring Olive, the VW campervan we visited the Yorkshire Dales in, we bought a tent for spur of the moment family trips away. After all, it doesn’t require too much in the way of planning to stick a tent in Minnie and head off on the open road. I decided that it wasn’t so bad sleeping not sleeping on my memory foam mattress!
We took Jnr away for the weekend to Robin Hood’s Bay on the recommendation of a work colleague of Mr. Canny, and booked into a reasonably priced campsite we found online. They weren’t forthcoming on the website as to what facilities were on offer, so we really had to pack for every eventuality!
We picked a spot overlooking the sea, which was lovely to wake up to. Because we arrived later on, having driven down after work and school, we opted for a BBQ tea once we’d set up the tent. Mr. Canny had already opened the wine while he was doing this, while I was left to start the disposable trays off to cook our Geordie Bangers and burgers. It was the first time Jnr had properly camped, although we’d flirted with the idea when we visited Herding Hill Farm last year.
The BBQ was a great success, especially when I produced a bag of Marshmallows to toast on the dying embers. We went to bed reasonably early as the fresh air made us tired, plus we wanted to get an early start on our trip to the Bay the following day.
Being camping novices we had no real equipment to speak of with us. After getting ready in the extremely basic shower block of the campsite our tent neighbours took pity on us and made me a much needed early morning cuppa to get me started for the day.
Near to the campsite is a walking route called Cleveland Way and strolled along this picturesque coastline. The weather was glorious and I managed to catch the sun. It certainly cheered me up after feeling grumpy that I’d been unable to wash my hair as there was no plug sockets in the shower block!
Grumbling tums meant we wanted to get into Robin Hood’s Bay quickly, and because the weather was so nice we anticipated queues for their chippies. As there were plans to visit The Magpie Cafe in Whitby the following day we opted instead to try The Pie Parlour, which was located in a small cottage style cafe. It reminded us of Humble Pie N Mash in Whitby, which we loved visiting. It was previously The Old Bakery Tearooms, and food is available to eat in or take away.
The menu featured plenty of homemade pies, served with the obligatory mash and mushy peas. the meals were served on tin plates, like Humble’s. We all chose their Steak pie to eat, being the creatures of habit we are. The mash was creamy and the pies were lovely and meaty. Costing just over £20 for our 3 meals and drinks I was happy we’d stopped off at the Pie Parlour. I found the conversation of the three elderly gentlemen at the table beside us especially entertaining, although both Mr. Canny and Jnr had no clue who or what Last of the Summer Wine was as a reference!
The menu featured plenty of homemade pies, served with the obligatory mash and mushy peas. the meals were served on tin plates, like Humble’s. We all chose their Steak pie to eat, being the creatures of habit we are. The mash was creamy and the pies were lovely and meaty. Costing just over £20 for our 3 meals and drinks I was happy we’d stopped off at the Pie Parlour. I found the conversation of the three elderly gentlemen at the table beside us especially entertaining, although both Mr. Canny and Jnr had no clue who or what Last of the Summer Wine was as a reference!
Full of grub we needed to do some more walking to burn off the calories. The beach is full of rock pools, which will appeal to children. It’s also extremely picturesque, and we took the opportunity to lie on the sand and enjoy the sunshine. We didn’t know when the next opportunity would be based on the British summer!
No trip to the beach would be complete without an ice cream, and we found a lovely shop – Browns – that also fantastic handmade chocolates. I couldn’t resist buying a selection to scoff when we returned to the tent.
We briefly visited the Dinosaur & Fossil Museum, which would again be good for smaller children. Jnr wasn’t that enamoured by it, to be honest. We rounded our day off back at the tent with more wine, Rounders and Dominoes. A family day well spent 🙂
Thanks for reading,
Pip x
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3 Comments

  1. zoetcm

    Looks like a good first camping experience! We really enjoy camping, you always learn something each time to prepare better for the next time lol 🙂

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  2. North East family fun

    I’ve never been to Robin Hoods bay, only driven past it. Looks lovely though and less built up than Whitby.

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  3. Eats

    Robin Hood’s Bay used to be where my father in law spent his family holidays as a child- Though I think the home knitted swimming trunks put a damper on paddling! Ha ha!

    Looks lovely- Fancy a trip to the Pie Parlour right now!

    Eats x

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