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The pretty seaside village where house prices soar because nobody wants to leave

Locals from a pretty seaside town say the area is so loved that homes hardly ever go on sale.

Less than a two-hour drive from Sheffield, and just over an hour from York sits a fishing village where the “moors meet the sea” and some of the best chippies in Britain are on offer.

Robin Hood’s Bay was a once thriving town for fishermen and smugglers and has been popular with artists and tourists since the 1930s.

Its streets, made from cobbled paths, are lined with listed buildings and cottages with “near-Cornish charm”.

But grabbing a house here isn’t an easy affair, compared with buying property in other northern seaside towns such as Scarborough where the average house price is just under £200,000.

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Robin Hood’s Bay’s average house price is more than £488,000, according to RightMove. 

According to James Smith, a local estate agent, the village has few residents and mainly consists of second homes and holiday cottages.

He told it is particularly difficult to get your hands on a cottage.

“The are some owners from the south and even some international owners but relatively few cottages change hands and prices are usually at a premium, especially if you have a nice place to sit out or a good sea view.”

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For active visitors, Robin Hood’s Bay is a great base for exploring the stunning North York Moors National Park and Heritage Coast. 

The village is on the Cleveland Way national trail and also the end point of Wainwright’s Coast to Coast route, which offers spectacular views and challenging terrain for walkers and cyclists. 

You can also venture to nearby attractions such as Whitby, Scarborough, or the Boggle Hole, a mysterious cave with a dark aura.

The beach is dog-friendly and has plenty of rock pools to explore and ancient fossils to discover.

Moreover, you can explore the village’s fascinating past at the Robin Hood’s Bay and Fylingdales Museum, which displays artefacts and stories from the local fishing, farming and seafaring communities.

Mr Smith added: “The village is as popular as ever, but it is getting hard for local businesses to get staff to service the needs of the visitors and cottage owners.  

“It might be harder to find a cleaner or a waitress, than buy a cottage soon!”

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