Found south of the iconic fish village of Robin Hood’s Bay, Boggle Hole is one of the Yorkshire Coast’s hidden treasures. It can be found among the Cleveland Way in the North York Moors National Park and is steeped in mystery and folklore starting with how the place got such an interesting name.
Around a one mile stroll along the beach from Robin Hood’s Bay, Boggle Hole got its name from local folklore that Boggles, a form of hobgoblin or goblins that were seen as mischievous creatures are were said to have lived in the caves that run along the coastline and haunt the slopes.
Some people believed the creatures could cure illness and would bring their sick children to hob holes in the hopes of a cure.
That’s not the only history that these interesting rock formations hole. It is said that notorious smugglers used to land at Boggle Hole and hide their contraband in the caves.
The sheltered bay, which is a site of special scientific interest (SSSI) is a unique place to visit, there are some fantastic views from the clifftop paths towards Robin Hood’s Bay which is a sweeping curved bay. The Mill Beck flows into the sea, which the more daring of people out there could even take a swim in the sea.
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If you’re looking for a short walk by the seaside, with plenty of sights to entertain the kids, the site is a fossil hunter’s dream with the rocky shores offering plenty of opportunities for fossil hunting. Also, the area offers plenty of rock pools for you to search for Starfish, anemones, crabs and molluscs.
A few steps away is a converted old corn mill building at the foot of a steep rocky ravine that is a wonderful place to stay for those looking for accommodation in the area. They do an afternoon tea, with cakes that are all homemade – perfect after a day of exploring .
If you want unspoilt views with no distractions, this is the coast for you.
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