Scarborough Seafront Circular Walk

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Moderate
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2-2.5h
Distance
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8.0 km
Elevation
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187 m
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Directions to Trailhead

The Scarborough Seafront Circular Walk is a wonderfully scenic walking route just on the edge of North York Moors National Park that features historical sites and beautiful views of the water. While out on the trail, you will walk through the seaside areas of Scarborough and take in amazing views of the 12th Century hilltop castle before walking along North Bay Beach and cutting back across the city. Due to its location this walk will naturally be a bit busier, so make sure to keep an eye on children and dogs while you are out walking.

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Route Description

If you are looking for a fantastic walking route that offers stunning views and interesting historical sites, all without leaving the comfort of the city, then the Scarborough Seafront Circular Walk is a great option for you to explore.

Setting out from the trailhead, you will make your way east through Scarborough to reach the Rotunda Museum, continuing on along the shoreline as you take in some amazing views across South Bay that include the lighthouse, harbour, and the iconic Scarborough Castle sitting high up on the hilltop.

From here, you will continue to the northeast around the headland and enjoy some beautifully scenic views of the North Sea, before turning west to walk along North Bay Beach. Turning to the southwest, make your way gently uphill to pass through the oriental-themed Peasholm Park and continue across the city, turning to the south to eventually arrive back at the starting point of your walk.

Getting There

To reach the trailhead for the Scarborough Seafront Circular Walk from east Ayton, head northeast on racecourse Road/A170 for 3.5 mi and turn right onto Park Road, following it for 495 ft. Make a left here onto Highfield and follow it for 450 ft to reach the starting point of the walk.

Route Details

  • Backcountry Campground

    No

  • When to do

    Year-Round

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Yes

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    High

  • Route Type

    Circuit

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