Scarborough Town Walk - North Bay

This walk takes in the England Coast Path from Scalby Mills to Scarborough Harbour as well as some of the North Bay attractions making this a full day walk if you wish to visit some of these attractions.

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A North Yorkshire walk posted on 17/02/22 by sarahhcfe. Last update : 08/07/22
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h40[?]
Distance Distance : 8.37 km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 83 m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 82 m
Highest point Highest point : 76 m
Lowest point Lowest point : 3 m
Moderate Difficulty : Moderate
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : North Yorkshire
Starting point Starting point : N 54.292318° / W 0.410081°
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Scarborough Old Town Harbour and Old Town Scarborough Castle Scarborough Castle


(D) Start at the Scarborough Tourist Information Point opposite Peasholm Park. Take the Scarborough Railway or walk through Northstead Manor Gardens past the Open Air Theatre (you could explore the remains of Mr Marvel's Amusement Park on the hill above the theatre).

(1) The first stop on this walk is the Sea Life Centre next to Scalby Mills Station. From the Sea Life Centre turn right and walk along the promenade.

(2) You will see lots of colourful beach huts. Next to this is the remains of the chair lift which took visitors up to the amusement park. If you walked from the tourist information point you will have passed these on the way.

(3) Continue walking along Royal Albert Drive (promenade), you may wish to spend time on the North Bay Beach. You will pass the Freddy Gilroy Sculpture sitting on a bench on the seafront. Continue walking around the headland, look up to see the castle on the hill. You will now be on Marine Drive, but still following the Cleveland Way/England Coast Path.

(4) Marine Drive was originally a toll road and as you approach the harbour you will see the Toll House. At the entrance tot he harbour is the Luna funfair. Beyond this you can walk along the pier or around the harbour if you wish. At the end of the Vincent Pier is the Lighthouse and Diving Belle Statue. Boat trips also leave from here. Continue into Sandside passing the harbour on your left and cafes and shops on your right. You will then pass the West Pier on your left. Continue onto Foreshore Road.

(5) Turn right onto Bland's Cliff at Coney Island Amusments and walk up to the old town.

(6) Cross the road and walk towards the market hall. Feel free to explore the market. Turn right at the end of the market hall into Saint Sepulchre Street (you can exit the rear of the market hall here too). Continue into Princess Square and then Princess Street.

(7) At the end of Princess Street, turn left and then right into Castle Gardens. At the end of Castle Gardens go up the steps and continue onto the footpath and then turn right walking up the path towards the castle entrance.

(8) The path should emerge onto the road leading to the castle gatehouse. When you have visited the castle, return to the gatehouse and continue walking down Castle Road.

(9) Turn right into Queen's Parade. You will have lovely views down to the North Bay to your right. Continue to the end of Queen's Parade turning left at the end and then right into Peasholm Road, this will lead you back to the entrance to Peasholm Park and the information point (A).

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 12 m - Tourist Information Point at Peasholm Park
1 : km 1.03 - alt. 5 m - Scalby Mills Station/Sea Life Centre
2 : km 1.45 - alt. 9 m - Beach Huts
3 : km 2.3 - alt. 12 m - Freddy Gilroy Sculpture
4 : km 4.34 - alt. 6 m - Toll House
5 : km 5.02 - alt. 9 m - Coney Island Amusements
6 : km 5.21 - alt. 31 m - Market Hall
7 : km 5.7 - alt. 24 m - Junction of Castlegate and Castle Gardens
8 : km 6.05 - alt. 56 m - Castle Entrance
9 : km 7.13 - alt. 52 m - Castle Road/Queen's Parade
D/A : km 8.37 - alt. 13 m - Peasholm Park

Useful Information

Transport: Buses from the town centre, Leeds, Middlesbrough, Malton and Whitby stop next to Peasholm Park. There is a car park next to Peasholm Park and further parking around Royal Albert Drive as well as at the Sealife Centre.

Facilities: There are toilets in the car park at Peasholm Park. There are shops and cafes here too and along Royal Albert Drive. There are many options for eating in the old town and public toilets at the harbour.

Accessibility: There are some very steep hills with many steps so the walk may take longer if you take breaks.

Alternative Route: If steep hills and steps are a problem, continue past Coney Island Amusements (5) and take the cliff lift to the town centre next to the Grand Hotel. Turn right and follow St Nicholas' Street and then St Thomas' Street to the roundabout. Turn right and walk up Castle Street to (8). Although this is still uphill, the gradient is gentler until you reach the castle entrance.

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 - Check out the times of the battleship display, it is well worth seeing.
Scarborough Miniture Railway
Sealife Centre
Scarborough Castle (English Heritage)
Old Town
St Mary's Church and Anne Bronte's Grave
Scarborough Open Air Theatre - concerts are scheduled throughout the summer, check what's on

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