20090827-31_Boggle Hole (Robin Hood’s Bay) Holidays – An Overview

20090827-31_Boggle Hole (Robin Hoods Bay) Holidays – An Overview

When : 27th thro 31st August 2009

Who : Me and my family

Where : Boggle Hole Youth Hostel, Robin Hoods Bay, Between Scarborough and Whitby on the North Yorkshire / North Sea Coast.

Summary : An overview of a short holiday (or long bank holiday weekend) in a simply stunning location on The North Yorkshire Coast, including sightseeing, some walking, some lovely early mornings on the beach and a little bit of re-living some of my childhood holidays.

27th August :

  • Travel to Boggle Hole Youth Hostel,
  • Brief stop at The Hole of Horcum.
  • Arrival at Boggle Hole Youth Hostel and an evening on the Beach.

The journey up from The Midlands, past Leeds and York and into North Yorkshire was pretty uneventful, one or two traffic jams but on the whole fairly straight forward. So as we neared our destination we decided we had time to take a slightly longer route and headed up over the moors to take a gander at The Hole of Horcum. I’d walked in the area a lot of years earlier and had remembered it as quite beautiful. I wasn’t disappointed this time around either, as the heather was in flower and the colours across the moors were lovely. We parked in a very busy car-park off the Pickering to Whitby road just south of Saltergate – Levisham Moor. It was just to stretch our legs really, and to take in the views across the impressive 300 feet deep depression in the ground that is “The-Hole-of-Horcum”. It’s amazing where all the people that had left their cars had disappeared to … almost as if the ground had swallowed them up (or maybe the giant of local legend had eaten them!).

I remembered from my trip here long ago, that the legend says that the giant scooped out a huge handful of earth and threw it some distance to form some nearby hills. I imparted my sketchy info’ to my kids …. I wonder if they’ll remember and pass on the legend to a future generation … Now back home, a very little research has now filled in a bit of detail: The general consensus agrees that the giant was called Wade, his wife Bell; well, it seems Wade scooped up a handful of earth (the depression becoming The Hole of Horcum) and threw the soil at Bell, (the resulting hills are now known as Blakey Topping). It seems his aim was not good and he missed his intended target. If you study the land it’s said you can still see the marks left by the giant’s fingers in the sides of the bowl.

The perhaps less romantic but much more plausible explanation is the feature is really the result of glacial action and the subsequent erosion by springs. A little further afield running through the moors is the Pickering to Grosmont, North Yorkshire Moors Railway, a stunning sight when the steam trains wend their way along the twisty-turny route through the moors.

Once we’d stretched ourselves out and loosened off a little, we again clambered back into the car for the final few miles to Boggle Hole Youth Hostel …. I love the name; it conjures up all sorts of ideas in your head, but more of that later. The Hostel is set at the bottom of a steep sided valley right where it reaches the sea. There is an access road, but is really a single track lane with a dead end at the bottom and as such there is no access for the general public and hostellers alike. This is very ably advertised by a humorous sign at the top of the hill. Instead, there is a small car park and roadside places for a good number of vehicles … It’s then a bit of a trek down to the hostel with bags etc. As the week-end progressed the distance seemed to become shorter (but not much!) but the first time it did seem to go on for some way. The first glimpse of the hostel, looking down onto its roof was very welcome.

A bit further on and the meaning behind the skull and cross bones warning at the top hill became most evident … The road became a steep slip-way onto the beach directly onto the sands and at times depending on the tides, straight into the sea! The hostel land rover has to negotiate the sands and masses of semi-rotting seaweed as well as fording the stream in order to get up to the hostel with provisions etc. However, a narrow path gave foot access bypassing the beach route.

A Boggle is a sort of imp or hobgoblin of the local area, and quite mischievous …. I kind of remember the story that a particular “Boggle” was banished from Robin Hoods Bay Village after some ill-doing, and he made his new home in the nearby valley now known as Boggle Hole …. For a bit more info on Boggles I’m going to make a separate diary post that might be of interest.

Well, that’s the start of the break – The following notes lay out the rest of the holidays … but they’re gonna have their own diary pages writing as well.

28th August :

  • Dawn explore of Boggle Hole Beach.
  • Family Walk-Boggle Hole-Coast Path-Ravenscar Circular then on to Robin Hoods Bay Village along the shore line and back to Boggle Hole again.


29th August :



30th August :

  • Boggle Hole–Robin Hoods Bay–Whitby Linear Coastal Walk (Just me)
  • Family visit to Whitby.


31st August :

  • Yet another dawn explore on Boggle Hole Beach.
  • A very short walk on Jugger Howe Moor.
  • A visit to The Staintondale Shire Horse Farm.
  • And the trip home to the Midlands.


I hope you enjoyed my scribblings ….

Next post : 20090828_Dawn Explore of Boggle Hole Beach.


2 thoughts on “20090827-31_Boggle Hole (Robin Hood’s Bay) Holidays – An Overview

  1. Thanks Katy, got to agree – I really ought to make the effort to get up that way more often. Cheers, Gary.

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