My partner and I visited Scarborough for a week,
as his father owns a fantastic B&B there.
We totally fell in love with the place and it's surrounds.
Here's a little snapshot for you...
We stayed on the North Bay side, and visited the gorgeous beach many times.
From here you can see the SeaLife Centre to the north, and Scarborough Castle on the point to the south. Views from the high points are spectacular!
The day we arrived the sea was so choppy it was coming over the sides. The North Sea felt clear and crisp, inviting for a paddle but too cold for swimming at the moment.
Walking along the promenade at night we came across a giant statue of Freddie Gilroy,
one of the first soldiers to liberate a concentration camp in Germany during WWII.
We were very excited about visiting Peasholm Park, a Eastern-style gardens with pagoda on the island in the centre of the lake. The island is based on the story of the Willow pattern plate designs: two star-crossed lovers who are killed and turn into doves. Unfortunately the island itself was closed when we were there, but the rest of the park was lovely to explore, so tranquil and refreshing. At the far end is an intriguing old cemetery.
Climbing up to the Castle gave us great views of the South Bay, which we then meandered down the hill to explore. We discovered South Bay's lighthouse, arcades, fish and chip shops, market hall and the Grand Hotel with a tram line going up the hill beside it.
For a trip out of Scarborough we visited Robin Hood's Bay with its dramatic Jurassic coastline, tiny town with winding streets, and beautiful mosaics along the seaside wall. We also went to Whitby Bay with the Abbey perched on the cliffs, sweeping beach, and we were blessed by stunning rainbows! We went for an evening stroll to Sandsend on the north side of Whitby, which gave us more lovely coastal views at sunset.
One day we took the bus to Filey and walked the length of the coastline all the way back to Scarborough. A glorious 9 mile trek, and we shared the coastline with cormorants and seals! The way back took us through the Italian Gardens and Rose Gardens in Scarborough, and past the Spa building and Rotunda Museum of Geology.
We absolutely loved visiting Dalby Forest. You have to pay a toll to drive through the main road, but that includes parking everywhere and is your contribution to the upkeep of this beautiful place. We stopped and walked through the woods to the Bride Stones (Nordic for edge-stones). These unusual shaped stones look so other-worldly rising up from the bracken around them, we fell in love with the place!
For a holiday of nature, fresh air and exercise
(not to mention good company and great food- we recommend Az Turkish restaurant )
go to Scarborough, we'll be back soon!