Take a walk around Marine Drive in Scarborough with these 23 photos

It's probably the favourite outdoor pastime of most people who live in Scarborough or who visit it. Young or old, everyone loves the views and the thrill of the ever-changing sea.

By Steve Bambridge
Saturday, 23rd March 2019, 9:35 am
Updated Saturday, 23rd March 2019, 9:43 am
Marine Drive
Marine Drive

So follow us with this pictorial walk on a clear spring day around Marine Drive - or more accurately Royal Albert Drive and Marine Drive, as one leads on to the other. We start near The Sands in the North Bay and finish at the Toll House, near Scarborough Harbour.

Surfers and kayakers in the North Bay, near The Sands and the start of our walk to the South Bay.
The Bathing Belle statue, once in the town centre, now stands in the North Bay, opposite The Sands shops and apartments.

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The distinctive Victorian railings are a feature of Royal Albert Drive and Marine Drive. They have largely been replaced by the concrete sea-defence wall.
Parking is free from 31st October to 1st March ... then these charges apply.
The slipway is strictly out of bounds, it's been the scene of tragedy in the past.
Everyone likes to see the waves crash, but, as has so often been proved, it can be dangerous to wave-dodge. Keep a safe distance away !
Standing up high gives great views - especially when the Drive is closed and the sea is wild ! This picture shows the back of the Oasis cafe.
The 'Freddie Gilroy and the Belsen Stragglers' statue is a popular stop-off point. In the background stands the impressive Clifton Hotel.
Freddie was donated to the town by Maureen and Michael Robinson. It is based on a retired miner who sculptor Ray Lonsdale became friends with, who turned out to also be one of the first soldiers to relieve the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp at the end of World War II.
Royal Albert Drive was finished in 1890; it was another 18 years before Marine Drive, which links it with Sandside, opened.
Hairy Bob's skatepark opened in 2009 and has two sections, a bowl area and a street area. Best of all, it's free to use.
Hairy Bob's Cave is a rock at the foot of Scarborough Castle, just above the skatepark, which has been carved into what looks like a tiny house. The reason why, or the reason for the name, is unknown.
Boy racers have been a perilous problem on Marine Drive; now car cruising is banned.
Looking down on the sweep beneath the castle, with Royal Albert Park and its play area.
The 'bulge', or 'Coffee Pot Corner', named after the shape of a rock which can sometimes be seen in the sea. The cobbled road can certainly be felt by cyclists, although it's easy for the Tour de Yorkshire competitors. The Tour has had a Royal Albert Drive stage finish every year so far.
The one-metre high sea wall was completed in 2006, at a cost of 53 million pounds, some 30 million more than first expected. Its base features a wave pattern.
Sea anglers use ladders to reach their favourite spots - among the rock armour and manmade accropodes (cube-shaped blocks) that are part of the sea defences.
If you're lucky you might see peregrine falcons on the castle headland cliff, and porpoises, dolphins or minke whales out to sea - all while standing on the same spot!
The covered seating area beside Yorkshire Water's Toll House pumping station.
There are signboards about the Marine Drive's history and centenary, and this one, denoting that you're on the England Coast Path and Cleveland Way National Trail.
Marine Drive was, until 1950, a toll road. When it opened tolls were one penny for each person walking, riding on horseback or bicycle, travelling in a carriage, motor car or bath-chair. Motor cycle tolls were two pence, plus one penny for each person riding or wheeling the machine.
Our walk ends at the Toll House; from The Sands to here you've done 1.6 miles. But you'd be foolish not to carry on and enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of the harbour and South Bay !