Thornton le Dale
This is a pretty village on the edge of the National Park and a short drive on bus ride from Scarborough. The York/Leeds bus stops here and also the 128 from Scarborough to Helmsley.
The main area is a mix of gift shops and places to eat and drink but there is a nice walk to be made if you follow the river and then turn left back in to the village.
The best shop in the village has to be the chocolate shop which sells the best chocolates in Yorkshire!
The Yorkshire coast
Be sure to explore the coast both to the south and north of the town. The view shown is the view south from above the Italian Gardens and as you can see this is a rugged coast line with great views and scenery.
Oops nearly off the edge...
Scarborough is it'self almost off the beaten path. You would only go there, to go there as to the east there is just the North Sea!
The nearest motorway is 50 miles west and the nearest city is York about 40miles.
Having said that it is well worth a visit; in the season it is very busy but off season quiet and that is the (in my opinion) best time to enjoy Scarborough.
The photo shows Scarborough in February - enjoy!
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St Mary's Church
In one direction you can visit the evocative castle ruins and in the other the parish church of St Mary's The church was originally built around 1150 and was gradually extended over the centuries. Most people come here to visit the graveyard for a famous occupant....
There is not much left of the original St Mary's church - originally built around 1150. It was partially destroyed by return fire from the Royalists in the castle, resulting in these ruins which used to be the choir and north trancept. These ruins can be seen just near the graveyard and the main church.
The ruins os the castle on the promontory provide a fine lookout point. Throughout the summer, fairs and festivals celebrate days of yore with mock battles, pageantry, and falconry displays. The castle is open April through September daily from 9:30am to 6pm.
Ascend to the Hills...
At the end of South bay by the old Toll House there is a path that climbs up to the castle walls and ruins - the church of St Mary's can also be reached this way. Look back for fine views over the harbour too.
For the best final view of Scarborough our tour guides took us up to Oliver's Mount - a hill some 500 feet above Scarborough where there is a war memorial. Although clouded over a bit now it was a lovely final view before we headed off to Whitby.
Anne Bronte's Grave
A little off the beaten path in the church graveyard up on the hill above the town, but many people come up here to see Anne Bronte's grave. Scarborough was a place she loved and was portrayed in both her novels - Agnes Grey and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Scarborough was the place where she wished to open her own school, and the place where she ultimately died and was buried. She came to Scarborough from Haworth already dying of tuberculosis and, after only a few days passed away on May 28th, 1849.
Oliver's Mount III
We took a picnic up here in the early evening - it was lovely.
The road around Oliver's Mount is a motorcycle race track - if you drive around it you go over the start grid and past the pit lane and so on. Racing takes place now and then through the year, but the main week is in September - Scarborough International Bike Week.
There are not a lot of signs on the circuit and we got a bit lost. We eventually came off the mount nowhere near where we went on to it!
Oliver's Mount II
Look at the view - it's well worth the 5 minute drive from the town centre. I guess busses must come here (or near here) too because we used to come as kids and we had no car then. It may have changed now though.
Oliver's Mount stands just to the south of Scarborough. It's a 500 feet tall hill and it's topped by an obelisk war memorial. You can't really miss it, bt most people see it and don't visit it. You really MUST visit it - the view from up here is fantastic, especiall in the afternoon when the sun is from the land rather than the sea.
As I said earlier, the Cleveland Way long distance path picks up here. It heads up the coast to Ravenscar, where you can join the Coast To Coast (C2C) walk. That's a bit beyond me, but a nice walk along the cliff top and a picnic lunch sounds pretty idyllic.
The North Yorkshire Moors National Park
A few miles out of the town lies the North Yorkshire Moors National Park. This is an area of secnic beauty protected from change.
I have a gallery of photos on my home page.
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The views back to the promentory with the castle on top are phenomenal.
The rock pools here are where I used to play as a kid, looking for crabs and collecting shells.
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