This amazing walk reveals some of Scarborough’s finest assets – its bridges, remarkable architecture, glorious gardens and superlative views. Start from the railway station on Westborough, built in 1845 and extended in 1882. Three pavilions are linked by the station roof, with an ornate clock tower surmounting the central one. It was designed by architect George Townsend Andrews, a Grade II listed building.
Start. Leaving the station, turn right to find Valley Bridge Road leading onto Valley Bridge. The original bridge was a toll bridge, inspired by Robert Williamson. It was opened in July 1865, became toll-free in October 1919, and was later demolished. The present bridge, built in 1925-28 is wider, and spans a steep natural ravine. Please read the plaque regarding safety barriers erected in November 1990.
South Cliff’s church – St Andrew’s - occupies an ‘island’ site to your right. An elaborate, Gothic drinking fountain stands beside the road. Passing Royal Avenue, seek across the road, St Martin’s Place and Christian Sciences. Here was St Martin’s Grammar School, founded in 1870.
From Ramshill Hotel near traffic lights, go right down Westbourne Grove. Off right lies Royal Crescent (private). Admire the attractive crescent of 13 houses. They are Victorian, with an Italianate villa at either end. Norton House or Court, built in1864, has a four-storey tower.
Turn left down Westbourne Road, with Tower Flats off right. At the junction with Fulford Road is The Lodge. Ahead is the attractive, circular Oriel Sports Ground. Turn left up Garlands Hill. At the top, turn left to re-join Ramshill Road, and go right to proceed along Ramshill Road as far as Mountside. [Close by the grassed island near the Mountside sign, you can make a pleasant detour up Oliver’s Mount to the war memorial and cafe, with tremendous views, before returning to this point.]
Now turn left along the shady Weaponness Drive, with fine properties across the road from woodland. Continue to the far end, and go left along Deepdale Avenue, with handsome properties overlooking the golf course. Reaching the A165 Filey Road, bear slightly right and cross with care into Sea Cliff Road. Descend only as far as the road junction. Here, go left along Holbeck Hill, and first turning right along Esplanade Crescent, with ‘Brackencliffe’ built in 1905, one of the finest in the area.
Opposite the prominent Holbeck Clock Tower stands Red Court – a large house of orange-red brick at the junction of the Esplanade and Holbeck Road. Alfred Shuttleworth had it built as a summer residence circa 1905. He bought and demolished a house opposite, and made the site a garden to shelter invalids. These Shuttleworth Gardens were presented to the town in 1917. Do view the water garden with features created to scale, and handsome borders in season. [Other gifts included Holbeck Clock Tower, and the statue of Mercury in the Italian Gardens.]
A leisurely walk along the Esplanade presents remarkable floral displays, and views across the harbour to Castle Hill. The highlights are yet to come. Seek signs indicating wonderful paths to the breath-taking, dazzling Italian Gardens. Then continue through the fragrant rose gardens beyond. These have been laboriously replaced over the previous year, and you can reap the rewards of those labours. Read the delightful notice board depicting all the varieties presented. Can you identify them all? Which is your favourite rose? Glimpse the star disk below, which was once the open air pool. The Spa complex is viewed further north.
Passing the Prince of Wales luxury apartments to your left, and The Terrace with the Crown Hotel a central feature, you reach the Esplanade Hotel, separated from the terrace by Belmont Road. Built around 1845, it overlooks the sea and valley.
Descend steps to the Spa Chalet and veer left to meet Valley Road. At the roundabout, bear right at Ramshill Road to cross over to the Rotunda Museum, situated on Museum Terrace, and recommended. It was opened in 1829, and was taken over by Scarborough Corporation in 1937. Cross the bottom of Vernon Road and take the footpath up Valley Road. At a signpost continue towards the railway station up a footpath walled to the right. You’re walking towards Valley Bridge.
Where the stone walling ends, continue a few paces and turn right up Plantation Hill which runs close beside Valley Bridge to your left and Wood End Business Centre beyond right walling. From Plantation Hill go under an archway into Valley Road, returning you into Westborough. The railway station lies to your left.
Distance: Four miles (as routed) approximately; five miles to include Oliver’s Mount.
Refreshment: A wide selection along the route.