England Coast Path - Scarborough

This section of the England Coast Path takes in the coastline of Scarborough, a popular holiday resort. Although the section is relatively short, it takes in so many diversions, it could well take all day. It is relatively flat and paved for its entire length making it fully accessible.

Technical sheet No. 20334678

A North Yorkshire walk posted on 21/03/22 by sarahhcfe. Last update : 16/08/22
Calculated time Calculated time: 1h30[?]
Distance Distance : 4.94 km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 17 m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 11 m
Highest point Highest point : 21 m
Lowest point Lowest point : 1 m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : No
Walking Walking
Location Location : North Yorkshire
Starting point Starting point : N 54.292126° / W 0.409681°
Ending point Ending point : N 54.268799° / W 0.391116°
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Scarborough Spa Scarborough Old Town Scarborough Castle Scalby


(D) From Peasholm Park/Entrance to Open Air Theatre, walk northeast along Peasholm Gap to the seafront and then turn right along Royal Albert Drive.

(1) Continue walking along Royal Albert Drive, if you wish to visit the castle, turn right at the sign, otherwise continue into Marine Drive at the southern edge of North Bay.

(2) Continue around the headland until you reach South Bay. Look up at the tower to see the ship-shaped weather vane at the entrance to the East Pier. Explore the piers and marina if you wish, then continue your walk along Sandside (west) where the marina becomes more industrialised with fishing boats and lobster pots.The promenade will now swing southwest around South Bay onto Foreshore Road

(3) Continue past the cliff lift up to the Grand Hotel, the beach is at its best here if you wish to walk along the beach instead of the promenade.

(4) At the roundabout keep left, walking along the promenade/beach, but look up to admire the Spa Bridge connecting the town centre with the spa and hotels on the Esplanade. There is another cliff lift here to the town.

(5) Just beyond Scarborough Spa is another cliff lift. If you have been walking along the beach, there is a ramp back to the promenade as the beach becomes more rocky here. Continue along the promenade until you reach the large semi-circular area which was once the South Bay Swimming Pool, now filled in but interesting for the Star Disk here. This lights up at night with fibre optics showing the main star constellations (A).

Waypoints :
D : km 0 - alt. 12 m - Entrance to Peasholm Park
1 : km 1.25 - alt. 7 m - Entrance to Royal Albert Park and Castle
2 : km 2.57 - alt. 5 m - Weathervane/Tower
3 : km 3.37 - alt. 16 m - Cliff Lift/Grand Hotel
4 : km 3.66 - alt. 19 m - Spa Bridge
5 : km 4.06 - alt. 13 m - Scarborough Spa
A : km 4.94 - alt. 18 m - Star Disk

Useful Information

Transport: There is lots of on street parking around Royal Albert Road and Marine Road and an underground car park underneath the Spa Bridge near the end of the walk. In summer there is a open top bus which leaves from outside the spa if you wish to return to the start, alternatively if you walked along the beach, return via the promenade or town taking one of the cliff lifts. You may of course wish to continue with the next section of the walk.

Facilities: There are a number of public toilets (car park next to Peasholm Park, Vincent Pier, West Pier, St Nicolas Gardens, South Cliff Gardens near the spa), cafes and takeaways throughout this walk along the promenade.

Accessibility: The entire route is on paved footpaths and is relatively flat so suitable for all. There is also plenty of opportunities to stop and rest on one of the many benches, some of which are covered.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

  • Peasholm Park - do check out the battleships on the lake if they are operating, it's a great sight.
  • Scarborough Castle (English Heritage)
  • Royal Albert Park
  • South Cliff Gardens
  • Piers

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