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.
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!
Silpho Moor & Troutsdale
Just 5 miles out of Scarborough on the road to Pickering are Scarboroughs local dales. Its a steep climb in a car to Silpho but the views over Troutsdale are magnificant as the photo shows.
There is a local moorsbus that runs on summer Sundays.
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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.
Forge Valley Woods
There is a small wood in the picturesue Forge Valley just 5 miles west of Scarborough. The first car park on the left has a small viewing platform with views over the forest and a bird feeding station.
A plaque shows all the differant types of birds that can be seen here and this is shown on the photo I took on our visit.
The second photo is a view of the wood.
Scalby Mills is at the very north of Scarborough. It's where the sealife centre is and you can walk to it either on the front or through Peasholm Park, or you can take the miniature train, or even the cable car (if it's running).
The sealife centre is not the attraction of this place for me, the real attraction is just the beauty of the place and the fact that it's the gateway to the countryside. The Cleveland Way long distance path picks up here and sets off down the coast to Ravenscar. There's a bit of a beck flows out into the sea here, and a pub right beside it.
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.
A few miles south of Scarborough is Filey - a short train ride on a Hull bound train or 20 minutes by car.
This is a retirement town but the beach is the best on the Yorkshire coast and this attracts younger people and families through the summer.
Famous for its Brigg - this is a rocky strip of land that juts out in to the bay making the by reasonably sheltered.
There are some reasonable shops and eating places and a few amusement arcades. Sadly the once busy fishing fleet is much depleted these days but at the north end of the beach a few boats do sail from here still.
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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.
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.
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!
This old wartime POW camp for German prisoners is a museum showing England at war. In the huts the prisoners used to live in are scenes depicting the sights and smells of the war in for example a wartime factory, a street shelter and a shopping street.
There is one particular scary exhibit where you are in a submarine under attack.
There is an assault course and cafe. Accessible throughout for the disabled.
Entry in 2009 is £5.00/£4.00 which is good value for an attraction that needs at least three hours to see it.
Just off the A64 at Malton. The Yorkshire Coastliner bus stops here on its way to and from Scarborough.
The restaurant serves interesting delights such as Churchill Steak Pie or Submariners Pie at £4.99. Note credit cards are not accepted.
Car parking is on site and free. The site is flat and disabled friendly.
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The North Yorkshire Moors Railway
The NYMR is one of England's premier preserved railways running 18 miles from Pickering to Grosmont through the national park. The scenery is spectacular and the hour long ride is full of interest with vistas over heather clad moorland and wooden valleys. The train stops at Newton Halt, Levisham and Goathland along the way.
Morning trains tend to be diesel trains but most trains are steam hauled and the railway tries to create a 1950s style country railway.
Many special events through the year such as England's best WW2 weekend in October ( see the galleries on my home page). Unfortuantely I cannot recommend the Wizard Weekend in October - we went in 2007 and there was not very much to see or do. Bus 128 from Scarborough to Pickering or Moors Bus to various stations in the summer.
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Bird watching at the RSPB Bempton
There is a RSPB reserve close to Scarborough at Bempton to the south of the town. Between April and August you can see guillemots, kittiwakes and puffins as you enjoy the wonderful cliff top views. There are 200,000 birds here.
The nearest viewing point is accesable be wheelchair but other viewpoints are a problem.
It is all free apart from the car park that costs £5.00.(2014 price). RSPB members enter free.
Off the B1229 from Filey to Flamborough. Northern Rail trains stop here on the Scarborough to Hull line but it is a long walk to the cliffs.
The visitor centre has toilet facilities and refreshments are available here too . There is also a very good shop. Another way to see the sea birds and cliffs is to take a puffin cruise from Bridlington and details are on my Bridlington pages.
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Rockpooling in Scarborough's South Bay
Some people (mainly locals who like to walk their dogs on the beach) already realise this, but if you're just visiting you might not. This is a fun thing to do on a sunny day, or any day if you have kids (as long as it's not raining!)
Scarborough has LOTS of rockpools. There are 2 bays here, and both have them, but the South Bay, as far round as you can follow it, has the most wildlife to be found in them. It's nice and quiet round there so the creatures don't get disturbed once they have been brought in by the tide. You can spot tiny shrimps and baby crabs, winkles and other types of sea snail, pipe fish, small anenomes - kids love it down there, from toddler (watch them on the slippy rocks) to bigger kids, who feel like the king of the world when they find a big rockpool of their own, full of things to poke with sticks or put in their collecting bucket.
Take a packed lunch down there on a fine day and you can stay for hours and hours, perfect if you are after a cheap day out. You can get to the South Bay rockpools by walking along the paths south from the Spa, on the seafront (going this way you will cross the star disc, an astrological map in the place which used to house the open air pool - worth five minutes but not much more), or by going to the Esplanade on South Bay and walking down from the Clock Tower, through the gardens (not recommended for small children or people with walking difficulties due to uneven paths).
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