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Scarborough hotels

Scarborough is a beautiful busy North Yorkshire seaside town with lots of attractions including museums, parks, walks and arts and craft events. Other attractions include Scarborough castle and Scarborough Spa where many concerts are held. The nightlife in Scarborough is also very good with a good mixture of fun bars, good restaurants and busy nightclubs. There are also plenty of sporting attractions and events in the area including Scarborough cricket club, Oliver’s mount racing circuit popular for motorcycling and rally events and also some excellent golf courses. Scarborough also has a football club, rugby club, fantastic tennis facilities and basketball pitches. There are many more sport and fun are avail there.

Attractions for the kids include Atlantis Water Park which is a fun water park for the whole family with 2 of the longest water rides you will find. Flamingo Land is a very popular UK tourist attraction with lots of rides and animals to see.

Kinderland offers old fashioned fun and adventure for kids and adults if they wish to get involved! Terror Tower lets you go round different film sets including Dracula and Jurassic Park. Cayton Bay is a beautiful quiet beach ideal for walking or sunbathing in relative peace and quiet.

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Scarborough also has a lot of history. Its first castle was built way back in the 12th century. Lifeboats have been used in the town for over 200 years. Scarborough building society is the oldest building society in Yorkshire. Scarborough as also seen bad times having been hit by floods as well as earthquakes.

Other types of accommodation you will find in Scarborough include holiday flats, self catering, camping and caravanning. Park Resorts is a very popular caravan park in Cayton Bay, Scarborough. Facilities include mini sports, golf, swimming pool and an adventure playground. It is just 10 minutes away from the beach.

Seaside ArchitectureThere are many hotels around Scarborough. Some of the popular hotels in and around the Scarborough area include:

Crown Spa Hotel – The Crown spa hotel is a 4 star hotel situated on the south cliff of Scarborough. Facilities include a fantastic health spa, superb restaurants and excellent meeting room facilities.

Clifton Hotel – The Clifton Hotel over looks the North Bay cliffs. It is a very popular and friendly hotel and is It has a ballroom, an excellent restaurant with a very good reputation and is a very popular venue for weddings and celebrations.

Palm Court Hotel – The Pal Court Hotel is situated at St. Nicholas Cliff. It is a family owned friendly and professional hotel. Facilities in the hotel include an indoor swimming pool, a restaurant where they serve local top quality food, conference centre facilities for business meetings and fantastic offers on accommodation. It is also a great venue for weddings and other special occasions. For luxury accommodation in Scarborough you must try the Mansion House. It is situated on Scarborough’s south cliff and is a 5 star accommodation. It boasts fantastic facilities including large flat screen televisions in each room, free wi fi and complimentary refreshment trays.

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The Yorkshire Moors and Coast is an area of striking contrasts whose natural beauty has provided an inspiration to many. Gentle rolling countryside of purple heather moorland, patchwork farmland, ancient woodland and wildflower rich vales stretches out to meet rugged coastal cliffs and golden sandy beaches.

Scarborough and Whitby: The Jurassic Coast (Holiday Geology Guide Book)

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Scarborough (which is pronounced Scar-bruh) is a town on the North Sea coast of North Yorkshire, England. The older part of the town lies around the harbour and is protected by a rocky headland. With a population of around 50,000, Scarborough is the largest holiday resort on the Yorkshire coast. It is home to residential communities, business, fishing and service industries, plus a growing digital and creative economy. Scarborough won the 2008/2009 award for the most creative and inspiring entrepreneurship initiative in Europe, and was also named as the most enterprising town in Britain in 2008.

The most striking feature of the town’s geography is a high rocky promontory pointing eastward into the North Sea. The promontory supports the 11th century ruins of Scarborough Castle and separates the sea front into a North Bay and a South Bay. The South Bay was the site of the original early medieval settlement and the harbour, which form the current Old Town district. This remains the main focus for tourism, with a sandy beach, cafes, amusements, arcades, theatres and entertainment facilities.

The town was founded around 966 AD as Skarðaborg by Thorgils Skarthi, a Viking raider, though in the 4th century there had briefly been a Roman signal station on Scarborough headland, and there is evidence of much earlier Stone Age and Bronze Age settlements. However, the new settlement was soon burned to the ground by a rival band of Vikings under Tosti (Tostig Godwinson), Lord of Falsgrave, and Harald III of Norway. The destruction and massacre meant that very little remained to be recorded in the Domesday survey of 1085.

In June 1993 Scarborough made headlines around the world when a landslip caused part of the Holbeck Hall Hotel, along with its gardens, to fall into the sea. Although the slip was shored up with rocks and the land has long since grassed over, evidence of the cliff’s collapse remains clearly visible from The Esplanade.
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The Yorkshire Dales: A Walker’s Paradise

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About the Yorkshire Dales National Park – Factfile

(from the  Yorkshire Dales National Park press office yorkshiredales.org.uk )

  • The Yorkshire Dales National Park was established in 1954.
  • It is one of 14 National Parks in the UK.
  • 19,654 people live in the National Park (2001 Census).
  • It covers 1,761.8km2 (176,200 hectares).
  • It contains 1,459.37km of footpaths and 622.89km of bridleways.
  • Drystone walls in the National Park stretch for 8,689km and there are 1,016km of hedgerows.
  • The National Park has a housing stock of 10,236 buildings, of which 15 per cent are second or holiday homes (2001 Census).
  • The average house price according to the Land Registry was £241,297 in 2005.
  • An average of 7.72 million day visitors and 1.39 million staying visitors come to the National Park every year.
  • There are some wildflowers in the Yorkshire Dales that live nowhere else in the world.
  • There is a species of bat (the brown long-eared bat) seen in the Dales that has ears that are three quarters the length of its head and body.
  • There are nearly 1,500 species of moths, 100 species of nesting birds, 36 species of butterflies, 30 species of mammals and hundreds of plant species in the National Park.
  • The National Park has its own Three Peaks – Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen-y-ghent [correct] – thousands of walkers take up the challenge each year of completing the 24.5 mile circular route in 12 hours or less

The Yorkshire Dales: A Walker’s Paradise

If you’re a big fan of scenic country walks and exploring quaint, friendly towns, then the Yorkshire Dales and surrounding area are perfect for your next hiking trip. With mile upon mile of gorgeous scenery, including national parkland; the Yorkshire Dales – or the Dales as they’re also affectionately known – has plenty to offer even the most avid walker, hiker or biker.

Located across North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and Cumbria, the Dales are easy enough to get to from all over the country. The North East of England is accessible by rail, bus or car and is conveniently located in such a place that it’s just a few hours’ journey from many populous locations in the UK.

If you’re thinking about exploring the Yorkshire Dales, you’ll definitely want to make your way towards the national park at its centre. Just fifty miles away from Manchester, with Darlington to the east, Kendal to the west and Bradford and Leeds to the south, the Yorkshire Dales National Park is 680 square miles of rolling countryside.

But that’s not all. Contained within the large expanse of the park are also five visitor centres, which are located in several of its major destinations; a museum which makes the most of its building’s past, which used to be a railway station; Bolton Castle; several waterfalls including Cautley Spout waterfall and the Kisdon Force waterfall and much, much more.

Fans of geology will marvel at the extensive collection of rock types to be found in the Dales, including majestic-looking formations that create some of the area’s mysterious underground caves. And if you’re just interested in checking out some beautiful countryside while you head out on an invigorating walk, the national park has plenty of routes for you to take, including long and short distance, easy and difficult routes.

There’s just so much to choose from that you could find yourself wishing you’d planned to stay much longer than originally thought!

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The Pump House, Harrogate, Yorkshire.

Harrogate, which is just a short drive outside the  Dales is a lovely and remarkable town. Historically famous for its spas it’s now just as well known as a floral town, with a vast array of public gardens. And it’s  now evolved into a bustling town offering  fabulous shopping alongside the magnificent scenery, heritage and architecture.

Even outside of the national park, the Dales are superb for exploring and discovering, whether by foot, bike or car. The area receives an impressive number of tourists during the summer months and it’s not hard to see why. This means hotels and hostels can book out quickly, though, so make sure you get ahead of the pack and book into Clapham, Horton, Sedbergh or Harrogate hotels in good time so you’re not disappointed – and don’t forget to pack your walking boots!

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A collection of some of the most beautiful scenery of the Yorkshire Dales National Park in England. As featured on a full-length DVD “Yorkshire Dales A Landscape of Longing”
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This DVD captures the dramatic landscapes and historic settlements of the Yorkshire Dales. Stunning photography guides you through the limestone peaks and pastoral valleys of one of Britain’s most cherished National Parks. Featuring: Nidderdale, Wharfdale, Three Peak Country, Wensleydale, Dentdale, Swaledale, Malhamdale and surrounding areas. Bonus Material Young Shepherd – Short film about a 10-year-old shepherd; featured in “Yorkshire Crafts & Traditions”. Yorkshire Photo Tour – Photographs of the Dales region.

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The section below, about the geography and geology of the Dales is used courtesy of Wikipedia.

The Yorkshire Dales (also known as The Dales) is the name given to an upland area, in Northern England.

The area lies within the historic county boundaries of Yorkshire, though it spans the ceremonial counties of North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and Cumbria. Most of the area falls within the Yorkshire Dales National Park, created in 1954, and now one of the fifteen National parks of Britain.

The Dales is a collection of river valleys and the hills among them, rising from the Vale of York westwards to the hilltops of the main Pennine watershed (the British English meaning). In some places the area even extends westwards across the watershed, but most of the valleys drain eastwards to the Vale of York, into the Ouse and then the Humber.

The word dale comes from a Nordic/Germanic word for valley, and occurs in valley names across Yorkshire (and Northern England generally) but since the creation of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, the name Yorkshire Dales has come to refer specifically to these western dales and the area of dales and hills east of the Vale of York is now called the North York Moors after the National Park created there. The Yorkshire Dales is served by its own radio station, Fresh Radio, which broadcasts programmes from studio bases in Skipton and Richmond.

Geographically, the classical Yorkshire Dales spread to the north from the market and spa towns of Settle, Deepdale near Dent, Skipton, Ilkley and Harrogate  in North Yorkshire, with most of the larger southern dales (Ribblesdale, Malhamdale and Airedale, Wharfedale and Nidderdale) running roughly parallel from north to south. The more northerly dales (e.g. Wensleydale, Swaledale and Teesdale) running generally from west to east. There are also many other smaller or lesser known dales (Arkengarthdale, Barbondale, Bishopdale, Clapdale, Coverdale, Dentdale and Deepdale, Garsdale, Kingsdale, Littondale, Langstrothdale, Raydale, Waldendale and the Washburn Valley) whose tributary streams and rivers feed into the larger valleys.

The characteristic scenery of the Dales is green upland pastures separated by dry-stone walls and grazed by sheep and cattle. The dales themselves are ‘U’ and ‘V’ shaped valleys, which were enlarged and shaped by glaciers, mainly in the most recent, Devensian ice age.

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Visit Pickering North Yorkshire

A traveller on the North Yorkshire Railway - Photo: Phil Wiley

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Pickering North Yorkshire: Haven For Tourists

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Pickering is an ancient market town and civil parish in the Ryedale district of the county of North Yorkshire, England. Serving as the main gateway to the North Yorkshire Moors, Pickering is a popular holiday base especially for families. It sits at the foot of the Moors, overlooking the Vale of Pickering to the south.

According to legend the town was founded by a certain king Peredurus around 270BC; however the town as it exists today is of medieval origin.

Far from all the overcrowded places, Pickering can give you a really good vacation. The best part is that this place is not only very beautiful but at the same time it’s not at all over populated, unlike  many other tourist places. So let’s look at some of the best tourist spots of this pretty Yorkshire town.

Pickering North Yorkshire : Local attractions

If you are visiting for the first time, then there are certain tourist destinations which you should not miss, most especially the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Pickering station itself is worth a visit alone, having been used in many film and television productions including the 2002 film ‘Possession’, which starred Gwyneth Paltrow.

Goathland Station - Photo: Phil Wiley

The total distance covered by this railway is about 18 miles, and because the train makes several stops where you can hop off the train, take a look around, and wait for the next train, it makes a great day out, or you can stay on board and make the journey in about 90 minutes.  Calling at  Newton, Levisham, Goathland, until finally it reaches Grosmont near Whitby, I’d recommend you get off and spend a few hours in Goathland where the long running TV series Heartbeat was filmed before continuing your journey.

Trains run every day from mid-March to early November, plus selected dates through the winter. They’re mostly steam-hauled; however in some cases heritage diesel engine is used. Recently, because of its soaring popularity on the busy summer days, steam services have extended to the seaside town of Whitby.  Passenger numbers have topped 300,000 in recent years.

Pickering North Yorkshire : The Beck Isle Museum

If you want to see and feel the art, crafts and ancient culture of Pickering of nearly 200 years ago, then you must visit the Beck Isle Museum.  The Beck Isle Museum is housed in a handsome Regency period  residence near the centre of Pickering, adjacent to the Pickering Beck, a stream that flows under a four arched road bridge. It was here that William Marshall planned England’s first Agricultural Institute in the early 1800s. This house contains a collection of bygones relating largely to the rural crafts and living style of Ryedale. The collection is not restricted to a particular period of interest, it aims to reflect the local life and customs and to trace many of the developments in social and domestic life during the last 200 years. A selection of photographs from the extensive Sidney Smith collection held in the museum are displayed around the building – particularly the photography and model rooms. Sidney Smith  was born in Pickering and his work is appreciated world wide. He is thought of as a successor to Frank Meadow Sutcliffe of Whitby. The museum is owned by the Beck Isle Museum Trust and is staffed and operated completely by volunteers.

Pickering North Yorkshire : The Castle

Another focal point for tourists to Pickering is the Castle, which was constructed under the orders of William the Conqueror. Pickering Castle is set in an attractive moors-edge position, and is a classic and well-preserved example of an early earthwork motte and bailey castle refortified in stone during the 13th and 14th centuries, centred upon a shell keep crowning an impressive motte. There is an exhibition in the chapel with family-friendly books and activities. The castle, as many are in England, is maintained by English Heritage.

Pickering town centre is a lively affair, with an excellent choice of specialist shops, tearooms and cafes, country pubs, restaurants and B&Bs, holiday cottages and small country hotels.

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Keighley, West Yorkshire – Where I Live

Keighley, West Yorkshire – Where I Live

‘The dark satanic mill town of Keighley’ I have never forgotten that headline from a national newspaper in the late 60s. The article was about the Keighley rugby league team who are now called Keighley Cougars.

Back then wherever you looked on the horizon you could see mill chimneys towering over the rest of the town. The mill chimneys were gradually demolished and now as Keighley sits in a valley you can see fields and trees in the distance from almost any viewpoint.

Keighley in the West Riding of Yorkshire was a huge manufacturer of textiles, but now the mill buildings that have not burnt down or been vandalised have been converted into smaller units offering a wide variety of businesses or homes.

The population was over 51,000 at the 2001 census and apparently is the third largest civil parish in England. Approximately 18% of the population are of ethnic minorities, adding a multi cultural aspect to the town and some fine Indian, Italian and Chinese restaurants. Keighley is pronounced ‘Keeth lee’ but to the inhabitants annoyance many people outside Keighley insist on calling the town Keeley.

Transport

Traveling to and around Keighley is not difficult. We have a train station and an award winning new closed in bus station in the town centre with regular transport in and around the area and easy access to many cities. Bradford is just 10 miles away and Leeds 20 miles away and of course the Leeds/Bradford airport is easily accessible.

There are lots of reliable taxi firms in Keighley and I have found that with using a combination of different transport facilities and on foot I really do not need my own transport because everything is within easy reach. It also works out cheaper and healthier than having my own petrol guzzling transport.

Shopping

We have a modern shopping centre and several industrial estates offering just about everything that you might want to buy. If I want to buy some new clothes that are a little bit different I make a day out of it and take a 20 minute train journey to Leeds and either shop in the city centre or travel a bit further out and visit the White Rose Centre.

Keighley has a permanent closed in market and quite regularly we have visiting continental markets offering a wider range of goods.

Leisure

We have several parks in the area with lots of green space for children to run about on and safe fenced off playgrounds, bowling greens etc. We have a leisure centre in Victoria Park where you will find a modern swimming pool with slide and a fitness centre. Victoria Park hosts our yearly gala during the summer and occasional visiting circuses and fairs. Within the park you will find Victoria Hall where functions and gigs are often held.

There is a museum at Cliff Hall in the grounds of Cliff Castle where exhibitions are often held. For families there is a fenced off playground and a café. Picnic tables are provided for those like my grandchildren who prefer to picnic in between running around. There was a small zoo with guinea pigs and a few different birds the last time I went in the summer. Years ago there were monkeys, but now all of the monkeys in the area seem to reside at a house next door to my mother. Over 50 would you believe!

In Lund park you will find 2 playgrounds, one for older children and a fenced off area for the younger ones. There is a bowling green and a putting green and a bicycle track with gradients which my 4 year old grandson loves to skateboard on.

Nights Out

There has always been a lot of pubs in the area, maybe because we have an award winning brewery in the town. If you want to eat out there are many restaurants offering different cultural meals. Nightclubs are a bit thin on the ground with just 2 catering for different age ranges and they aren’t that good. However there are plenty of good clubs within traveling distance in Bradford, Leeds and even further afield at Wakefield.

Tourism

Keighley is part of Bronte Country, only a couple of miles from Haworth where the famous Bronte literature family lived. Apart from traditional means, you can travel to Oxenhope via Haworth on the Keighley and Worth Valley Line from the Keighley station on a steam train in the summer. It is a heritage line and has been used for several film locations that include the Railway Children, Yanks and the film of Pink Floyds ‘The Wall’ musical.

At the first stop 300 yards from where I live in Ingrow there is a Museum of Rail Travel. It is also the starting place for Thomas the Tank Engine days out.

I took my grandchildren last summer and they could clamber on board Thomas and pull the whistle. There was a show performed several times during the day for the children and several stalls. After the show we were able to travel on steam trains all day for one low cost fee. At each stop there were more shows and stalls making it a very good day out. Towards Christmas there is a Santa Special steam train day.

Haworth attracts a lot of American and Japanese tourists who want to steep themselves in the history of the Brontes. There is a Bronte museum up a steep cobbled street, the Bronte Waterfall and of course the moors where the fictional Cathy and Heathcliffe roamed. There are lots of antique shops and tea rooms and some good hotels.

 

Skipton, ‘The Gateway To The Dales’ is 10 miles away. A good starting point for hiking holidays for those who want to enjoy the beautiful countryside. Skipton also has one of the most complete medieval castles in the country and is over 900 years old. Historical re-enactment events, archery and jousting are often hosted at Skipton Castle.

10 miles in the other direction is the city of Bradford where you will find the National Media Museum, which is the most visited museum outside London. Bradford hosts several festivals, including the Bradford Festival in June and the Bradford Mela which is the largest festival of its type outside Asia. There are 4 theatres in Bradford and for those who enjoy plays it isn’t difficult to get to Harrogate and their playhouse.

Living In Keighley

Although Keighley has often been knocked in the press and by some inhabitants I do not think that it is a bad place to live. I feel safe in my home and walking around the streets and I have easy access to everything that I want. Housing is inexpensive compared to many other places in the UK. In 2008 you can still get a 2 bedroom terrace for less than £100,000 or any other type of dwelling at comparatively low prices.

I have never found it difficult to get employment in or around Keighley and the employment opportunities are diverse. The inhabitants are friendly and very much down to earth. We speak with a Yorkshire accent that is not as broad as some of the surrounding rural areas, I certainly do not say ‘ee bah gum’ on a regular basis!

The area in and around Keighley offers much more than I have mentioned but hopefully this article gives you a good idea of my hometown.

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Richmond North Yorkshire; Jewel In The Crown Of The Dales

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Richmond North Yorkshire; Jewel In The Crown Of The Dales

The Yorkshire Dales in the north of this county has many fine examples of Dales towns and village, but Richmond is definitely the jewel in the crown of these. This market town has a wealth of history which includes a cobble stone market place, a Norman Castle, the river Swale, Georgian architecture, abbeys and monuments.

Richmond has played muse to writers and artists of both the past and present and as it is situated close to the Yorkshire Dales National Park it is easy to see how this inspiration comes about. The scenery is breathtaking and the character of this town is completely unique, having hardly changed through the many centuries of its existence.

For the history, beauty and nature lover Richmond is the ideal Dale town to visit, although it also has its fair share of good shopping, great restaurants, fun pubs and fine hotels. An ideal spot for a short break or an inland holiday, a visit to Richmond can be very rewarding indeed.

In 1071 this town was founded by the Normans and grew around the castle. The name Richmond is derived from Norman French meaning strong hill (riche monte). The castle still stands and it dominates the town. Prior to the arrival of the Normans this land was owned by the Saxon leader Edwin, Earl of Mercia, so it has a history prior to Norman occupation. The keep was a 12th century addition and this is still the best preserved part of the castle today; hardly surprising, because the walls are 11 feet thick!

There are only two other stone built castles in the British Isle to rival the age of Richmond Castle, these are Durham and Colchester. There is an interesting ghost walk which takes place in and around the castle and on one such walk a photographer captured what appears to be an actual ghost.

During the Georgian era a great deal of prosperity was enjoyed by Richmond and this shows in the fine examples of architecture. It was here that one of the first gas works in Europe was built.

The marketplace is still cobbled and also said to be one of the largest in England, and this town has been the home to a number of different religious orders. The Benedictines built St. Martins priory but there is little left of these ruins, while the Abbey of St. Agatha is easy to identify. Richmond has also been home to the Pre-monstratensians founded approximately 1152, and known locally as the White Canons, for their white habits.

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Scarborough was ‘the first seaside resort in England’. It is still a popular destination but is also a traditional fishing port. The most striking feature of Scarborough’s geography is a high rocky promontory pointing eastward into the North Sea. The promontory supports the 11th-century ruins of Scarborough Castle and separates the sea front into a North Bay and a South Bay. The South Bay was the site of the original early medieval settlement and the harbour, which form the current Old Town district. This remains the main focus for tourism, with a sandy beach, cafes, amusements, arcades, theatres and entertainment facilities. The modern commercial town centre has migrated a quarter mile north-west of the harbour area and a hundred feet above it, and contains the transport hubs, main services, shopping and nightlife. The harbour has undergone major regeneration including the new Albert Strange Pontoons, a more pedestrian-friendly promenade, street lighting and seating. The North Bay has traditionally been the more peaceful end of the resort and is home to Peasholm Park which has recently (June 2007) been restored to its Japanese-themed glory, complete with reconstructed pagoda. The park still features a mock maritime battle (based on the Battle of the River Plate) re-enacted on the boating lake with large model boats and fireworks throughout the summer holiday season. The North Bay Railway is a miniature railway which runs from the park to the Sea Life Centre at Scalby Mills.

The North Bay is linked to the South Bay by the Marine Drive, an extensive Victorian promenade, built around the base of the headland. Overlooking both bays is Scarborough Castle, which was bombarded by the German warships SMS Derfflinger and SMS Von der Tann in the First World War. Both bays have popular sandy beaches and numerous rock-pools at low tide. Slightly less well known is the South Cliff Promenade situated above the Spa and South Cliff Gardens, commanding excellent views of the South Bay and old town and from which many iconic postcard views are taken. Its splendid Regency and Victorian terraces are still intact and the mix of quality hotels and desirable apartments form a backdrop to the South Bay. The ITV television drama The Royal and its recent spin-off series, The Royal Today, are filmed in the area. The South Bay has the largest illuminated “Star Disk” anywhere in the UK. It is 85 feet across and is fitted with subterranean lights representing the 42 brightest stars and major constellations that can be seen from Scarborough in the northern skies.

To the south-west of the town, beside the York to Scarborough railway line, is an ornamental lake known as Scarborough Mere. During the 20th century, the Mere was a popular park, with rowing boats, canoes and a miniature pirate ship – the Hispaniola – on which passengers were taken to “Treasure Island” to dig for doubloons. Since the late 1990s the emphasis has been on nature, with “Treasure Island” being paved over to form a new pier area. The lake is now part of the Oliver’s Mount Country Park and the Hispaniola now sails out of the South Bay.

Whitby is a great place for fossil hunters as many interesting fossils have been found in the area including entire skeletons of pterodactyls. Whitby is known for its well preserved ammonite fossils, which can be found on the seashore or purchased from stalls or shops in the town.

Over the centuries, the town spread both inland and onto the West Cliff, whilst the East Cliff remains dominated by the ruins of Whitby Abbey and St Mary’s Church. The way into the interesting ruined Abbey is through the historic Banqueting House alongside. The Abbey is owned by English Heritage, which restored the Banqueting House to contain exhibitions and museum displays about the Abbey and Whitby and opened it in 2002. The East Cliff is quite a distance by road, the alternative being to climb the famed 199 steps. Many who make the climb can be heard counting on the way up. 2005 saw the completion of the first major restoration of the 199 steps since the 19th century.

Whitby has a fish market on the quayside which operates as need and opportunity arise. The ready supply of fresh fish has resulted in an abundance of “chippies” in the town, including the Magpie Cafe which Rick Stein has described as the best fish and chip shop in Britain. The town was awarded “Best Seaside Resort 2006”, by Which? Holiday magazine.

Filey is a small seaside town forming part of the borough of Scarborough and is located between Scarborough and Bridlington on the North Sea coast. Although it started out as a fishing village, it has a large beach and is a popular tourist resort. The town is at the eastern end of the Cleveland Way, a long-distance footpath, starting at Helmsley and skirting the North Yorkshire Moors. It was the second National Trail to be opened (1969). It is also the northern end of the Yorkshire Wolds Way which starts at Hessle and crosses the Yorkshire Wolds.

Pickering is an ancient market town in the Ryedale district of the county of North Yorkshire, England, on the border of the North York Moors National Park. It sits at the foot of the Moors, overlooking the Vale of Pickering to the south. According to legend the town was founded by a certain king Peredurus around 270BC, however the town as it exists today is of medieval origin. The tourist venues of Pickering Castle, the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and Beck Isle Museum have made Pickering popular with visitors in recent years.

The North York Moors is a National Park rising from 50 metres above sea level at its southern edge to over 430 metres on Urra Moor. It is one of the largest expanses of heather moorland in the United Kingdom. It covers an area of 554 square miles and it has a population of about 25,000. The North York Moors became a National Park in 1952, through the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act of 1949. It is dissected by a series of south flowing streams which include Pickering Beck.

North York Moors

Most of the moorland consists of Jurassic sandstone with occasional cappings of gritstone on the highest hills. Many visitors to the moors are engaged in outdoor pursuits, particularly walking. The parks has a network of rights-of-way almost 1400 miles in length, and most of the areas of open moorland will be open access under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000. Popular named walks include the Cleveland Way, which circles the moors, and has a section along the coast and the Lyke Wake Walk, which leads directly across the heart of the moors. The area also offers opportunities for cycling, mountain biking, and horse-riding. The steep escarpments that define the edges of the park on three sides are used by several gliding clubs.

The moors have not changed much in the past 50 years, and are often used as a backdrop to British television programmes and films.The series Heartbeat and the scenes of The Hogsmeade Station in the Harry Potter movies were filmed in Goathland. Dalby Forest is also host to many forms of entertainment throughout the year including outdoor concerts.

All in all a fantastic area to visit or to live, you will never be bored as there is always something happening on the Yorkshire Coast!

I have lived in, loved and now advertise the Yorkshire Coast as it is such a fantastic place to live or visit. My children were born here and are now settled as adults. The attractions of bright lights and big cities shine now and again, but there’s no place like home!
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