Scarborough Journals

The Yorkshire Coastline

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An October 2005 trip to Scarborough by MichaelJM

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Scarborough, North bay

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Miniature battle at Peasholme Park Photo, Scarborough, England
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In the quieter North Bay, Peasholme Park, designed in the early 20th century in a Japanese Style featuring pagodas, waterfalls, a floating bandstand and a willow pattern style bridge. In my childhood I remember being fascinated by a naval battle on Peasholm Lake. These battle enactments are still running and the large scale modeled remote controlled boats parade the waters, planes swoop down from on high and torpedoes can be seen speeding underwater to sink unsuspecting vessels. I have to say that, as an adult it had lost some of its magic, but the children were alive with excitement and adults, seeing it for the first time seemed to be enthralled.At night Peasolm Park takes on a different persona wit...Read More

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Scarborough, South Bay

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View of the castle towards the South bay Photo,
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Scarborough is the first coastal town that I can recall from my childhood. That was in the days of steam trains (the railway arrived in Scarborough in 1846 making it Yorkshire's oldest seaside resort), when holidays were a real family adventure and my father managed with amazing dexterity to balance numerous heavy suitcases and load them into the plush carriage of the waiting train. Although the steam trains have vanished (there are still privately maintained lines in Yorkshire) and I am now older than my father was in those halcyon days, Scarborough is still a great place to visit.The castle presides over the two splendid bays and I never tire of the invigorating walk "over the top" from the North to...Read More

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Robin Hood's Bay Sights & Attractions

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Robin Hood's Bay Sights & Attractions Photo,
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Step back in time, try to ignore your fellow tourists and enjoy the sleepy little village of Robin’s Hood Bay. Cars have to be left in the top car park and the walk is not for the faint of heart. It’s a difficult walk down the hill and of course it’s far harder on your return, but if your health is up to it, the walk is well worth the effort.The single narrow "main road" down to the bay with a number of small interesting passageway that just beg to be further investigated. Most of the houses have their front rooms directly overlooking the main thoroughfare (no front yard) and it is very hard not to glance in the window to check out the décor. I’m sure the locals must be used to it, but guess that does...Read More

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Robin Hood's Bay Sights & Attractions
Robin Hood's Bay
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Filey and its environs

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Flamborough Head Photo, Yorkshire, England
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To the south of Scarborough are the more sedate resorts of Bridlington and Filey and the impressive site of Flamborough Head. This is the roughest part of the coastline as the currents battle with other as they round this promontory. Its immense ruggedness will always impress and I do remember as a young boy travelling there on a school trip and being timorous as I approached the cliff edge and amazed that the lighthouse had been functioning since 1806. Indeed I guess that’s still fairly impressive and although the light is now fully automated this is only the second lighthouse on this outcrop (the first one was lit by burning coals was built in 1670s and the octagonal chalk tower is still visible to ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 8, 2006

Whitby

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Don't imagine that Whitby is still a quiet fishing town, because it is on the tourist trail and inundated with visitors. But despite this I think it still retains some of its quaint old English charm and it is worth a visit. It’s famously known as the "home port" of Captain Cook but more renown as the place where Dracula, in the form of a large black dog, leapt ashore from a drifting crewless ship (according to the novelist Bram Stoker). It's the town where the original Dracula movie was screened, back in the early 1930, so Whitby has recent notoriety as the home of the underworld—a feature that the town's Dracula Experience shamelessly exploits. I have to confess not having visited this attraction, b...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 9, 2006