The Local Area

Scarborough & Whitby

The Falcon Inn is situated mid-way between Scarborough and Whitby. The Falcon Inn makes for a great place to stay if you’re interested in either of the historical towns.

Scarborough is a town with a long history; the roots of the town can be found all the way back in 966AD when it was founded by the Viking raider Thorgils Skarthi.

The most striking feature of the town’s geography is a high rocky promontory pointing eastwards into the North Sea. The promontory supports the 11th century ruins of Scarborough Castle and separates the sea front into a North Bay and South Bay. The South Bay was the site of the original early medieval settlement and the harbour, which form the current Old Town District. This remains the main focus for tourism, with a sandy beach, cafes, amusements, arcades, theatres and entertainment facilities. The modern commercial town centre has migrated 440yards North West of the harbour area and 100 feet above it. The town encompasses the transport hubs, main services, shopping and nightlife.

The harbour has undergone major regeneration including the New Albert Stange Pontoons, a more pedestrian friendly promenade, street lighting and seating. The North Bay has traditionally been the more peaceful end of the resort and is home to Peasholm Park which in January 2007 was restored to its Japanese-themed glory, complete with reconstructed pagoda. The park still features a mock maritime battle (based on the Battle of the River Plate) re-enacted on the boating lake with large model boats and fireworks throughout the summer holiday season. The North Bay Railway has what is believed to be the oldest operational diesel hydraulic locomotive in the world. Neptune was built in 1931 by Hudswell Clarke of Leeds and is conveniently numbered 1931.

Whitby’s skyline is dominated by the ruins of St Hilda’s Abbey, high on Whitby’s East Cliff. Spreading below Whitby, a maze of alleyways and narrow streets run down to the busy quayside.

From the old town of Whitby, 199 steps lead up to the parish church of St Mary, whose churchyard on Whitby’s East Cliff gave Bram Stoker the Inspiration to write his world famous book, Dracula.

Scarborough and Whitby are situated on the Yorkshire Coast and the Villages in-between the two towns house and wealth of history and stories of the past.

A great way to explore Scarborough is by going to Scarborough360

North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Just as 20 minute drive from the Falcon Inn is the world famous North Yorkshire Moors Railway situated in the village of Grosmont. With magnificent steam engines, beautiful rural stations and smartly uniformed staff, a visit to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway is like taking a step back in time. From the smoke and steam pouring from the engines to the cosy wood-panelled carriages and friendly conductor service, the railway is both lovingly preserved and charmingly authentic. It’s also the perfect starting point for a day out, whether you’re travelling between the rugged Yorkshire villages, hiking on the wind swept moors or spending a day by the seaside in Whitby.

Grosmont houses a 1952 style British Railway station, is home to the engine sheds where the locomotives get some well-deserved restoration and can be viewed from the platform outside the shed shop.

Goathland

Goathland is a must see village as it is the setting of the fictional village of Aidensfield in the Heartbeat television series set in the 1960s. Many of the landmarks from that series are recognisable, including the stores, garage/funeral directors, the public house and the railway station. In reality the pub is called the Goathland Hotel, but in the series is the Aidensfield Arms. Goathland is a twenty minute drive from the Falcon Inn and is also accessible from the North Yorkshire Moors Railway Line.

Local Moorland Walking

Just over 2 miles from The Falcon Inn is the Jugger  Howe laybt (towards Whitby along the A171). Park your car and discover Fylingdales Moor, managed for wildlife. Please see www.hawkandowl.org/fylingdales . Also find two quiet moorland walking trails from Ravenscar mast with fabulous coastal views.

Robin Hoods Bay

Sometimes you just want to leave it all behind for a while. And that's what Robin Hood's Bay is perfect for. Indeed, the first thing you do here is abandon your car on the cliff top before beginning the twisting descent through this timeless village on foot. On either side of you, picturesque dwellings and cobbled alleyways seem to tumble into each other, right up to the very edge of the coast - a fact that 18th century smugglers used to hide their illicit trade. And here's a handy tip for you - always note the location of your holiday cottage or hostel, as you may struggle to find your way back! Visit www.robin-hoods-bay.co.uk for more information on this unforgettable unique village.

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