Top 10 Sights Within 10 Miles
The beautiful Yorkshire Coast is dotted with hundreds of picture-worthy locations, from small seaside villages to the sprawling Yorkshire Moors.
The beautiful Yorkshire Coast is dotted with hundreds of picture-worthy locations, from small seaside villages to the sprawling Yorkshire Moors. We’re just a few miles from some of the most stunning and interesting attractions of the coast, and here’s a few you can get to in less than 10 miles from the park!
1. Peasholm Park
Peasholm Park, voted 6th Best Park in the UK and 25th Best Park in the whole of Europe, is situated in Scarborough’s North Bay and is a must-see for anyone visiting the Yorkshire Coast. With a rich history and after having recently received a prestigious Green Flag Award, this oriental themed municipal park offers a beautiful system of streams and waterfalls, mini bridges and mystical gardens for the whole family to enjoy. The park is also home to the world famous Naval Warfare battle - a unique miniature sea battle that has been shown on TV screens across the globe.
2. Filey Brigg
Discover the dynamic and ever changing face of Filey Brigg! Filey Brigg is a site of Special Scientific Interest because of its geological importance and is designated as a local Nature Reserve. The walk along the top of the Brigg is fairly level and affords extensive views across the bay to the great chalk cliffs of Bempton and Flamborough and northwards towards Scarborough and the cliffs of Robin Hoods Bay.
3. Scarborough Spa
The Spa Complex is unique amongst British Venues, not only because of its coastal location on the beautiful South Bay of Scarborough, but also for the variety of facilities housed within the magnificent Victorian Grade II* listed building. The Scarborough Spa is a venue for conferences, exhibitions, entertainment and events on the Yorkshire Coast. It was originally built around the source of Scarborough's spa waters. A Victorian Cliff Tramway links the Spa complex with the South Cliff district 200 feet above the South Bay.
4. Cayton Bay
Cayton Bay has a magnificent wide sweeping bay, a year-round dog friendly beach, clean water and great facilities.The bay is a magnet for holidaymakers and is a beautiful place to explore no matter what time of year you visit. A fan favourite with surfers, bird watchers, fun seekers and fossil hunters, or those who just want to relax and unwind. Cayton Bay is nestled in between Scarborough and Filey’s resort towns, and is an area of unspoilt natural beauty. Walk along the beach and discover a variety of fossils millions of years old, and rocks formed in the upper Jurassic period around 150 million years ago.
5. Burton Riggs Nature Reserve
The large open lakes at Burton Riggs make it a fantastic place to watch wildfowl and waders, particularly during autumn migration and over the winter months. An unusual habitat in the Ryedale area, Burton Riggs is a 14 hectare site primarily consisting of clean freshwater lakes with some scrub, woodland and grassland. The wildlife of the site is enhanced during the winter when little egret, tufted duck and pochard are seen. The ponds surrounding the lakes have been home to great crested newt for a number of years.
6. Staxtonbury Straw Bears
Here's something a little different! The ‘straw bears’ in Staxton can be seen when passing on the A64. These straw bears are officially the biggest in the country and are built as part of the Staxtonbury music festival, taking place here in early July. Staxtonbury is a family friendly music festival held at Manor Farm, Staxton. It celebrates its 11th edition between Thursday 4th and Sunday 7th July 2019 with local bands, local beers and local foods on show.
7. Oliver’s Mount Memorial & Viewpoint
Overlooking the southern part of Scarborough is Oliver’s Mount, a large wooded hill rising 500 feet above sea level and from which you can obtain a breathtaking view of Scarborough. It has an impressive War Memorial, the column rising to 75 1/2 feet, and there is also an attractive picnic area. The Mount is also home to many sporting activities, particularly motorbike and road races.
8. Scarborough Castle
With over 2500 years of turbulent history behind it, Scarborough Castle defends a prominent headland between Scarborough’s north and south bays, with sheer drops to the sea. Before the castle was built, this natural fortress was favoured by prehistoric settlers before serving as a Roman signal station and Viking haven. This spectacular castle has also endured sieges from medieval kings and Civil War armies, and German naval bombardment during World War 2. Today you can climb the battlement viewing platforms for dramatic coastline views.
9. Filey Memorial Garden
The Memorial Gardens of Filey are located in the heart of the town. These gardens are in an ideal location to relax with lunch as you watch the world go by, and the romantic fountain and the exotic singing birds help you to escape the hustle and bustle of the local town centre.
10. Flamborough Head
Marked by a stretch of rugged white cliffs surrounding a small village, Flamborough Head is an outdoor lover’s paradise. The coastline is a great base for bird watching, hiking along windswept paths and sea canoeing around the bay - but only for the experienced outdoor pursuit enthusiast! With a scenic nature reserve and two ancient lighthouses nearby, this Special Area of Conservation is a haven for anyone looking to explore the Yorkshire Coast at its most wild and untamed.