GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Scarborough Walks - Castle Circular Walk

2 miles (3.5 km)

This famous seaside resort is located in a great spot on the North Yorkshire coast. With a dramtically positioned castle, limestone cliffs, a fine town park and a lovely beach it's a great place to start a walk. It's also located on the edge of the wonderful North York Moors where there are numerous trails to try.
This circular walk explores the coast and harbour around the historic castle in the town. The England Coast Path can be followed around the site of the ruined castle, visiting the harbour and South Sands before heading through Clarence Gardens. At the castle you'll find a viewing platform where you can enjoy wonderful views over the town and the beach below. The site is run by English Heritage who provide audio tours and exhibitions where you can learn all about the fascinating history of the castle.
The walk can easily be extend by heading west to visit the delightful Peasholm Park where there's a pretty lake and Japanese Gardens.


YO11 1HY - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Scarborough OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

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Walks near Scarborough

  • Scarborough to Filey - This is a popular coastal walk between these two attractive North Yorkshire towns
  • Cleveland Way - This wonderful trail runs from Helmsley to Filey, taking you through the beautiful North York Moors national park, atop the Hambleton Hills ridge and along the stunning North Yorkshire coastline.
    The trail begins in Helmsley, with the first section taking you through the heather moorland of the North York Moors, passing the village of Osmotherley, the pretty Cod Beck Reservoir and the ancient stones at Lord Stones Country Park and the Wainstones.
    After enjoying the fabulous views on the elevated moors you arrive at Saltburn to begin the coastal stretch
  • Peasholm Park - Enjoy a walk along tree lined paths in this delightful park in Scarborough
  • Cayton Bay to Scarborough Coastal Walk - Enjoy an exhilarating coastal walk on this short route from Cayton Bay to Scarborough
  • Whitby to Scarborough - This walk follows a section of the Cleveland Way between these two major towns on the Yorkshire coast
  • Hunmanby Circular Walk - This route around Hunmanby makes use of the Wolds Way and Centenary Way to create a fine circular walk
  • Raincliffe Woods - This woodland area in the North York Moors has some good bridleways for mountain biking and nice walking trails
  • Scarborough Sea Cut and Scalby Beck Walk - The Yorkshire village of Scalby sits a few miles north of Scarborough, a couple of miles inland from the coast.
  • Filey Brigg Country Park - This super country park is located on the coast at Filey in North Yorkshire
  • Robin Hoods Bay to Boggle Hole - This short cliff top walk takes you from Robin Hood's Bay to the smugglers cove of Boggle Hole
  • Harwood Dale Forest - Enjoy a walk through this large forest and around the pretty village of Harwood Dale on this circular route in the North York Moors.
    You can start your walk from the village and then head north to reach the forest
  • Ravenscar to Robin Hoods Bay Circular Walk - This circular walk explores some of the finest coast and countryside of the North York Moors National Park
  • Tabular Hills Walk - This long distance trail takes you across the southern boundary of the North York Moors National Park
  • Forge Valley Woods - Follow the waterside trail through this delightful nature reserve in the North York Moors National Park
  • West Ayton - This delightful North York Moors village has some lovely local woodland and riverside walks to try.


At the Master Gunner's House you'll find a lovely cafe. There's plenty of outdoor seating where you can enjoy excellent views across the grounds with your refreshments.
For a pub experience The Golden Ball is a good option. It's in a great position with some fine views across the harbour to the lighthouse and South Bay. The Tudor style pub has a real fire indoors and a garden area to the rear. You can find them at 31 Sandside and a postcode of YO11 1PG for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The castle grounds and cafe are dog friendly so you'll probably see other owners on your visit. Water bowls and bins are also provided at the castle. The town's beaches are also great for a dog walk though there are some summer restrictions to bear in mind. The nearby Cayton Bay beach is dog friendly year round.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

You can pick up the epic Cleveland Way to the south of the castle and visit the lovely Cayton Bay. See the Cayton Bay to Scarborough Coastal Walk for more details.
If you continue south east then you'll eventually come to Filey Brigg Country Park where there are excellent bird watching opportunites.
To the north there's the popular fishing village of Robin Hoods Bay to explore.
The epic Tabular Hills Walk starts in the town and explores some of the finest viewpoints in the North York Moors. You can pick it up just to the north around Scalby Mills and enjoy the opening waterside section along the Scarborough Sea Cut and Scalby Beck Walk.
For more walking ideas in the area see the North York Moors Walks page.


Scarborough Castle - - 1951734

Scarborough Castle 1

Scarborough Castle, Scarborough - - 2063557

Scarborough Castle 2

Scarborough Harbour - - 2002106

The Harbour

Scarborough South Sands - - 871524

South Sands. The Castle can be seen centre skyline

St. Nicholas Cliff Lift, Scarborough - - 785301

St. Nicholas Cliff Lift. One of five funiculars, or cliff lifts, built in Scarborough, of which four remained when this photograph was taken in 1995; since then, this and one other have succumbed, so that in 2018 just two remain.

St. Nicholas Cliff Lift and the Grand Hotel, Scarborough - - 844268

St. Nicholas Cliff Lift and the Grand Hotel, Scarborough

The Master Gunner's House, Scarborough Castle - - 1778227

The Master Gunner's House, Scarborough Castle

Scarborough Spa Complex from Castle Viewing Platform - - 1778540

Scarborough Spa Complex from Castle Viewing Platform


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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