We've been going out with the family during the last week on day trips around Derbyshire and Yorkshire, including a day spent at the coast. Scarborough is one of the nearest seaside resorts to where we live, but it's quite a drive so we rarely go there just for the day. There are two bays and we headed for the quieter sandy beach of North Bay.
We had a fish and chip lunch at a cafe restaurant by the promenade before walking to the beach at the far end of North Bay.
Metal sculptures are becoming a common sight in many places and this one is of an old retired miner sitting and looking out to sea. He was a friend of the sculptor and one of the first of the Allied Forces to go and liberate the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. The sculpture serves as a war memorial and also represents the ordinary person who serves in times of critical need. It was very difficult to get a photograph because, as you can imagine, there were many interested people, old and young, crowded around it. It must have looked like a giant to the very young children and there was one little boy gazing at the huge shoes and looking at his own.
We spent the afternoon on the beach before going on up to the castle on the cliffs and the area overlooking the other bay, St. Mary's Church and churchyard where Anne Bronte, the authoress of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and Agnes Grey is buried after spending time in Scarborough with her sister, Charlotte, during her last illness. You can read about her life here. Since we visited last, a newly-engraved stone has been put in place by The Bronte Society.
One of the quirky-looking houses in the castle area and opposite St. Mary's Church.
There are beautiful views across the bay to the harbour and a good walk down steps or by a little winding lane to the old town. At this time of the year it's extremely crowded and we were pleased to have stayed in the North Bay and to have finished our day trip in the quiet area on the cliffs before setting off back home.