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Melanie’s guide to Scarborough

My Scarborough: Melanie Moss owner of Amos & Tom’s Gourmet Popcorn.
Now I’m neither a Scarborian nor someone who holidayed on the East Coast as a little girl so Scarborough’s appeal has come to me in my adult life. However living in Wetwang and having a few friends dotted in and around Scarborough I certainly do get many excuses to visit the lovely Spa Town.
Scarborough – Whitby Cinder Track
http://www.discoveryorkshirecoast.com/scarborough/activity/leisure-activities/scarborough-to-whitby-rail-trail-20-miles-
The trail itself is 20 miles but can be walked in sections as a linear walk or using many public footpaths that cross it you can link up to the Cleveland Way on the cliff tops and return with a seaview. Recently we walked from Staintondale passing by the old Station House and platform
northwards towards Ravenscar and found the old WW2 Radar Station buildings on the cliff top. The cinder track is well used by walkers, cyclists and dog walkers and has a good surface whatever the weather.
Daisy Tea Rooms, Scalby Road
I first visited the Daisy Tea Rooms on a warm sunny summer’s afternoon and sat outside in the tea garden. My friend and I ordered Afternoon Tea for two and we were not disappointed. Freshly made sandwiches, homemade scone with jam and cream, a dainty cake and an icy cold jug of cloudy lemonade. It was Afternoon Tea perfection in the sun! Every time I drive along Scalby Road it is always busy so I can’t be the only one who knows how good the food is at Daisy Tea Room
Harbour Bar
No matter what time of year it is or how cold it is outside I can be convinced to get a Lemon Twist Ice Cream cone with a flake from the Harbour Bar. It is a weakness of mine when I’m in Scarborough and something I’ve done with my husband since we were teenagers. Last year, after a refreshing walk along Marine Drive from North to South Bay we actually sat inside and had two ice cream sundaes. The hardest bit then was deciding which one to order from a massive menu of sundaes,
they were delicious but I still hanker to be sat outside in the cold with my cone!
Peasholm Park
I love to walk through Peasholm Park in Autumn when all the trees are dripping in orange and red leaves. After a shower of rain all the streams are babbling and the lakes are full, you find yourself in a little oasis of peace and quiet. Quiet except that is for the mallards quacking and the squirrels trying to pinch anything you might have to eat! The squirrels are very friendly, maybe too friendly but it is their cunning plan to get more food from you to add to their winter stores. Trust me they
are very cute but they are definitely the best fed and most rotund squirrels in North Yorkshire. Maybe it’s time to take photos and leave no food before we kill them with kindne
Whisper Dales and Broxa Forest walk
Just 10 minutes outside Scarborough you can park up at the top of Reasty Bank and enjoy the great outdoors. From the Forestry Commission car park there are numerous paths zig sagging through Broxa Forest beneath the fragrant pine trees. Or of you are feeling very energetic there is a 9 mile circular walk from Reasty Bank along the Allerston Walk to Barns Cliff End, then steeply downhill to walk along the banks of the River Derwent. The river meanders until it reaches the road just outside Langdale End when you turn steeply uphill headed towards the village of Broxa. From here you head down towards Lowdale Farm where you start the last leg of the walk back to Reasty Bank through the beautiful dales of Low Dale and Whisper Dales. Our walk highlight was a Kingfisher swooping alongside us, skimming the River Derwent for flies. This is a very popular walk so if you Google it you will finds many maps, routes and descriptions

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