History and myth are entwined in the cobbled back streets and the treacherous shore of Robin Hoods Bay. Situated on the rugged North Yorkshire coastline, this town used to be a haven for smugglers and pirates from across the world. Long ago, residents even spoke of a mischievous spirit known as a ‘boggle’ that inhabits the caves in the cliff side.
I live very close to this hub of history and legend; when I had the opportunity to explore the town for myself I jumped at the chance. The legacy of the past is everywhere. With buildings nearly 400 years old and labyrinth streets designed to help smugglers escape the law (the idea worked, I got lost), Robin Hoods Bay is a fascinating place that I was compelled to capture and share its dark past with the world.
As for the boggle, well, perhaps those long-dead residents were right. When I walked into the cave the creature is said to inhabit, a large boulder fell from the ceiling and crashed down barely a meter to my left! This boulder would easily have killed me if I had been stood in a slightly different place. Freak of nature? Or ancient spirit? Take a trip to the Bay. Decide for yourself.