On this three mile walk you include Scarborough Castle, the old town, Sandside, and glorious views of the harbour and sea.
If you’re starting from town, make your way to the junction of St Thomas Street with Castle Road, and be prepared for some ups and downs to burn off excess calories.
From the starting point, follow Castle Road to St Mary’s Church. Beyond the small car park, walk up to the castle’s entrance gate. You may wish to spend time there. Then take the path immediately to the right of the gateway, as signed to Royal Albert Park and North Bay, alongside castle walling.
Descend steps to a sign, and stop to admire the North Bay view. Next, ascend those steps you see to the right of the post and admire unfolding scenes of the harbour, Scarborough’s old town, and more distant views beyond South Bay. Your sandy footpath, complete with about five seats, descends broad steps seawards.
Reaching a viewing platform, identify places of interest. Continue the downward trek to a sign. Here, go left as signed to the old town, harbour and sands.
After about 20 paces to a seat, turn right along a hedged footpath. Meeting a tarmac path, turn left to negotiate railed steps down to Luna Park, with all the fun of the fair!
To your left is the Coastguard Station, which used to be the Toll House. Here, tolls used to be collected for the Marine Drive. Cross the road to the stalls just to the left of the big wheel. Ascend the steps to the right of the Tea Pot Cafe and Shell Shack, and walk onto the sea wall near East Pier. Look out over the North Sea, which was once called the German Ocean.
The East Pier was constructed over 260 years ago. Huge tunny fish used to be caught in these waters. They were landed on East Pier, and the stainless steel sculpture by Ray Lonsdale symbolises this.
In the corner near the rails, is a fine painting – ‘Scarborough from the Sea’, 1867, presented by Scarborough and District Civic Society. It was painted by John Wilson Carmichael, a landscape, architectural and marine artist. He retired to Scarborough in 1863 and died here on May 2, 1868. His grave is in Dean Road Cemetery.
Return to Sandside by the harbour, and past an older pier named Vincent’s Pier, after the designer and engineer, William Vincent.
At the far end is the lighthouse. At night it signals to boats when the tide is sufficiently high for entry into the harbour. Divert to the lighthouse to discover Scarborough Yacht Club, a Vickers cannon, and on a tall post, the Diving Belle sculpture placed here by the Civic Society. It symbolises Scarborough’s claim to being the first seaside resort in Britain.
Continue your stroll along Sandside, but only as far as the Golden Ball pub. Immediately beyond, turn right, and cross Quay Street to take the ascending steps you’ll see to the left of the grassed bank, as signed to the Castle, North Bay and Old Town.
You’re now climbing the Long Greece Steps which would have been used to take provisions from ships straight up to the castle.
At the top of the steps, cross Burr Bank and go straight forward to pass Princess Street (left) and Castle Gardens (right). Continue your ascent up Castle Gate.
Passing the end of Longwestgate, Castle Crescent and Graham Close, round the steep bend you enter Paradise!
Passing HM Coastguard Rescue Station (right), you’ll see to your left Paradise House, ‘Home of Local Fishing Families from 1690, and Graham School Sea Training 1918-1973.’
Ahead is Church Lane, between St Mary’s Parish Church and the church’s car park.
Turn right off Paradise, and go up Church Lane to rejoin Castle Road. Now turn left towards the town, unless you wish to first visit Scarborough Castle, or St Mary’s Church. Then continue along Castle Road. This returns you to the junction of St Thomas Street and North Marine Road from where your walk began.
Distance: 3 miles – allow plenty of viewing time.
Refreshment: Plenty of choice around the harbour, Sandside and Castle Road en route.