1. Oliver's Mount and the Mere (Approximately 4 miles)
Over looking the southern part of the town is Oliver's Mount which is 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 75½ feet. The former name of the hill was Weaponness and its present name may be derived from the mistaken belief that Oliver Cromwell placed batteries on it during the siege of the Castle.
To reach Oliver's Mount leave the railway station on A165 road to Cayton and Filey cross the long and impressive Valley Bridge which is about 70 feet above the beautiful Valley Park and continue up Ramshill Road past the traffic lights turning to the right at Mountside.
2. Scalby Cut to hackness (Approximately 8 miles back to Scalby)
This can be started from the bus stop at the Rosette Inn on the Scarborough to Whitby road. Follow the sign to Hackness bearing right at the crossroads and immediately before the river bridge leave the road by the stile on the left-hand side. Follow the riverbank for about 2½ miles through trees and then open country. On the left can be seen Raincliffe Woods and on the right the flat hill tops of the Suffield area. Another road is reached and turning right walk along the road to Hackness.
At the War Memorial and Village turn right to Scalby. Soon may be seen an ornamental lake in the grounds of Hackness Hall seat of Lord Derwent and then the gates and Hall set in parklands. Climb to the hamlet of Suffield and descend with magnificent views to Scalby where there is a frequent bus service to Scarborough. Hackness Hall was built by Peter Atkinson pupil of John Carr of York in 1795. The church was built on the site of a small convent and is early English with several Norman arches. It contains parts of a Saxon Cross.
3. Burniston Silpho Moors and Hackness (Approximately 8 miles to Hackness)
Start from the bus stop at Wood's Garage Bean's Corner Burniston. Turn down a side-road leading west then south west follow sign posts pointing to Hackness - the road climbs gradually. Pass straight ahead over two sets of crossroads the second bears a sign pointing to Suffield - this should be followed. The road is now quite steep leading to the top of the moor. Looking back when the top is reached the coast can be seen.
Now turn right for a short way and sharp right again onto a track skirting the top of an old quarry known as Cumboots Quarry; passing an ordnance survey triangulation point continue along the hill edge.
After about two miles this track leads out onto a road which runs up the steep side of the hill. The continuation of the track can be clearly seen; following this for a mile another road is reached at the top of the hill known as Reasty Bank - from here are magnificent views.
Cross the road enter by a gate onto a Forestry Commission track. After a few yards turn left then keep straight on over a junction. The track soon leads downwards into a valley called Whisperdale. Pass to the left of a farm then cross a stream: walking with this stream now on your left continue down the valley. After crossing another bridge a narrow road is reached - this is Lowdale. After about a mile Hackness School and Church are reached. There is a very infrequent bus service so the walk should be timed to fit in with this.
4. Scalby Mills Burniston Bay and Cloughton Wyke (Approximately 7 miles to Cloughton)
This walk starts from Scalby Mills at the extreme end of the North Bay (bus from Scarborough). Cross the footbridge over Scalby Beck and follow the coastal path north passing Jackson's Bay to Burniston Bay. This walk (of approximately 4 miles) can be concluded by taking the road from the cliff top into Burniston village where there is a frequent bus service to Scarborough. Alternatively continue northwards along the cliff path to Cloughton Wyke then take the road to Cloughton village (bus to Scarborough).
5. Forge Valley Walk (Approximately 3½ miles)
Take a bus to West Ayton. Beyond the river bridge turn right up Yedmandale Road and take the second on the right 'Castle Rise'. This will bring you to a footpath which passes the ruins of Ayton Castle. The path continues on the left and follows the riverbank up Forge Valley. It is possible at two points to cross the river by footbridge and return to East Ayton on the path by the roadway. Forge Valley is owned by Scarborough Borough Council.
6. Falsgrave Park and Jacob's Ladder (Approximately 3 miles)
Walk along Falsgrave Road (west from the railway station) turn left into Seamer Road (A.64). The fifth turning on the right is Springhill Road which leads into Falsgrave Park. This park is about thirteen acres in extent and rises to a point from which an excellent view of the Mere and Oliver's Mount is obtained.
Keep to the west side of the park climbing by paths and steps to the top and down a narrow path to crossroads. Leave one road on the left and follow a narrow road which soon begins to rise. Proceed through a swing gate into a field. A path leads across this to the bottom of a wood and steps - 'Jacob's Ladder'. At the top of the wood the walker has attained a height of five hundred feet above sea level.
The path passes along the left-hand side of a pine plantation and soon joins the Ayton Road. Turn right to Scarborough where it is possible to board a bus at the end of Sandybed Lane.
For bus service enquiries please contact Scarborough & District Enquiry Office 51a Westborough Scarborough Telephone:01723 375463.
- Further information about these walks and many other routes can be obtained from the following books which are available in the Reference Section of the Public Library Vernon Road Scarborough and obtainable from most booksellers:
' Walking on the North Yorkshire Moors' - Ramblers Association
' North York Moors Walks for Motorists' - Geoffrey White
(Two books - north and east circular walks and west and south circular walks)
- There is an active Rambling Club in Scarborough and the Secretary is Ms Sue Butcher 75 St Johns Road Scarborough (Telephone: 01723 366132). Club rambles are held every Sunday throughout the year - contact the Secretary for details.
- Separate leaflets at varying prices covering the many town and country walks nature trails waymarks motor trails together with picnic sites are available from the Tourist Information Centre.
Public Transport Directions
Nearest station is Scarborough about 0 mile(s) away.