North York Moors CAM
Monday 11th December 2000
( weather: mild but dull with rain and drizzle later )
For the journey to Scarborough today we chose the picturesque route over the North York Moors
At the finest time,
weatherwise, that we had all day, we look north-east across Danby
Dale from Castleton Rigg
- we can see the villages of Castleton (left) and Danby (right) in the distance
We stopped for a short while at the market town of Kirby Moorside with its lovely old stone cottages. . .
. . .
. . . where I noticed these two pubs straight opposite each other across the main street
- the White Swan and the Black Swan !
village on this route is Thornton-le-Dale but by the time we
the weather had worsened and I got little chance to take any decent photographs
So it was on to Scarborough where the weather improved enough (light drizzle) for me to take a few snaps
Here we look across
the empty boating lake, apart from the swans and ducks, at
- in the summer months it's much busier with holidaymakers
A couple of sights which bring me fond memories from my childhood
railway which runs from the park to Scalby Mills . . .
. . . and, in the background, the ' water-splash ' chute on which I got many a good soaking!
A little further on
is the island site of the former 'outdoor theatre' where shows
played to large audiences
who sat on wooden bench seats on the now, deserted and decaying concrete terraces
A short stroll to the sea front brings us to what I always remember was the 'Corner Cafe' at North Bay . . .
. . . and the multi-coloured beach chalets nearby
The view along the North Bay promenade from the 'Corner Cafe'
. . .
Warnings remind us of the rough waves that pound these high sea-defence walls . . .
. . . today was no exception
From North Bay promenade we climb up the steep, winding path towards the hotels and Castle headland
Here we look back north towards Scalby Mills and further up the coast
By the time we arrive at the South Bay promenade the light is fading but at least the drizzle has stopped
Here we can see the Grand Hotel, the Futurist theatre and Jimmy Corrigan's amusement arcade
As dusk approaches I just have time to photograph a couple of scenes by the harbour . . .
. . . where some of the small fishing fleet are safely moored . . .
. . . before
climbing the steep steps back up to the Castle headland and
enjoying a last glimpse
back down to the bright lights of Scarborough South Bay
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