For a cracking day out, take a bus to Robin Hood's Bay, explore the village, have lunch, and then hike the 6-mile clifftop footpath back to Whitby (allow three hours).

First choice for a bike ride is the excellent 20-mile Whitby to Scarborough Cinder Track, which starts a mile south of the town centre and follows the route of an old railway line via Robin Hood's Bay. Bikes can be hired for £15 to £25 a day from Trailways in Hawsker, just outside Whitby on the X93 route to Scarborough.