Information about the immediate local area and getting around on foot
The nearest shops are out of the front door or back door. Turn right from the front door and then next right or turn left from back door and then right. This will take you to the local supermarkets including Sainsbury's and Costcutter, small independent café and Greggs, takeaways including, Pizza Hut, Chinese, and a number of other independent retailers. There is a large Tescos at the end of Filey Road more or less opposite the Stephen Joseph Theatre.
Heading towards the sea on Prince of Wales Terrace on the right is a small park with a seating area which is good for dog walking. At the end of the road is the superb view of whole South Bay, harbour and town overlooked by castle on the cliff tops. From this viewpoint you have a choice of directions left, right or down the lift. Straight ahead is the lift to the beach, gardens, the famous Clock Cafe and the Scarborough Spa complex including the wonderful Winter Gardens. From there you can walk all the way to South Bay and the harbour.
Walk to the right for a few minutes slightly up hill past the large flower beds and you’ll find the entrance to South Cliff gardens: a labyrinth of lovely paths leading down to the beach past the Clock Cafe, don’t miss the Italian Garden. Stop at the cafe for a relaxing view of the bay.
Back at the lift-top: To the left there are some grand Georgian buildings housing hotels, a couple of good bars and apartments the path splits at a wonderful Victorian bridge, continue over the bridge to the upper town centre for shops, restaurants, bars etc. and eventually another lift to the sea, or go left before the bridge and down to the South Bay beach sea front.
Out of the front door turning away from the sea: Turn right at the lights on to Filey Road to go past the shops and the magnificent St Martin’s Church over the famous Valley Bridge and on to the top end of Scarborough town. It’s about 15 minutes’ walk to the main area for the Stephen Joseph Theatre or Wetherspoons for instance.
For Scarborough Open Air Theatre, Peasholme Park and the North Bay, continue on Filey Road for 1.6 miles, about 30 minutes’ walk or there is a regular bus service along the seafront.
Back closer to home: There's a public footpath through the woods to Oliver’s Mount with great views and a very good cafe/restaurant.
There’s so much to see and do in Scarborough but if you have any tips or other places you think we should mention here we would be most grateful to hear from you, thanks. We hope you enjoy your stay.
Zoe and Peter