West Ayton - Irton Moor - Italian Garden, Scarborough

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Use the 128 bus service to access this walk from near the railway station in Scarborough. Enjoy a varied walk into Scarborough and end at the well-kept Italian Gardens on the South Cliff which can be seen on the introductory photograph.

You will start alongside the River Derwent, passing by an old mill. A ruined castle is shortly seen before returning again to the river, where there is a point where Caravan Club members can join the walk before it becomes a boardwalk alongside the river. This is a major work undertaken by the park authorities and is necessary to protect the fragile environment over which it passes. Take care along here if the boards are wet. They can be slippery.

After crossing the footbridge there is a short section of road-walking along Forge Valley before walking up through Raincliff Woods. This is a popular route where various intriguing projects can be seen. After emerging from the woods there is a pleasant, high-level walk with views over to the wolds before reaching the main road into Scarborough. The last section of this can either be taken via stiles and a field route or by following the track to the main road and walking along the footpath to the next waymark.

The busy road is left behind as a footpath alongside Jacob's Mount Caravan Park is taken, then down the somewhat badly-maintained steps known locally as Jacob's Ladder. There is a first glimpse of the sea beyond the town and the war memorial on Oliver's Mount can soon be spotted over to the left, somewhat dwarfed by the TV and phone mast. Walk up a track by the allotments and then down more steps into Falsgrave Park, where there are rustic seats and wood carvings, also a modern stone circle. From here, the streets of Scarborough are soon reached. Pass under a very impressive railway bridge and see the grand houses of the Victorian era. Walk along the Esplanade and then through the Rose Garden before finally reaching the Italian Gardens.

England - North England - Yorkshire - Countryside

Features

Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Castle, Flowers, Food Shop, Good for Kids, Great Views, Nature Trail, Play Area, Public Transport, River, Sea, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland

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