Peasholm Park, Scarborough

My Monday walk this week features Peasholm Park in Scarborough’s North Bay area, a place I visited while camping near there at Easter a few years ago. The park is situated on what were once the extensive grounds of the medieval Northstead Manor which had been part of the Crown Estate from the 14th century. By the beginning of the 20th century the area had become open farming land but in 1911 Scarborough Corporation bought some of the land from the Duchy of Lancaster and created the public park which was opened in 1912, then following the purchase of more land the natural ravine of Peasholm Glen was added to the park in 1924.
The park’s main attraction is its large boating lake with a central island; accessed by a Japanese-style bridge the island has a peaceful wooded area and Japanese-themed gardens said to be based on the Willow Pattern pottery design with a pagoda and a waterfall flowing down to the lake. Three times a week during the summer season the lake plays host to the Naval Warfare event the Battle of Peasholm, a recreation of the Battle of the River Plate using man powered model boats steered by council employees and known as ‘the smallest manned Navy in the world’.
My walk started not far from the lakeside cafe and circuited the lake in a clockwise direction. In late April the trees were resplendent in their fresh green foliage, the cherry trees were full of pink blossom, the flower beds were a profusion of bright red tulips and yellow bedding plants and with the brightly coloured dragon boats on the lake the whole area looked really pretty.
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At the far side of the lake I crossed the Half Moon Bridge onto the island, stopping momentarily to watch the progress of three dragon boats on the water below, then at the end of the bridge I turned left and walked past the waterfall and round to the other side of the island where the grass beneath the trees was covered in a carpet of daisies and half a dozen geese were chilling out in a patch of sunlight.
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Ignoring the geese I climbed the steps up to the top of the island; never having been there before I didn’t know what to expect so I was pleasantly surprised to find a pretty and very peaceful Japanese garden surrounded by trees and shrubs and dotted here and there with stone ornaments. A path ran all the way round the garden and a pond in the centre was crossed by a couple of oriental bridges.
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Having walked round the gardens twice I made my way back down the steps, round the base of the island and back across the Half Moon Bridge to continue my clockwise walk round the lake. By the time I reached the caf̩ I was feeling quite peckish Рit was time for coffee and cake, and though the caf̩ was very busy I managed to get a table on the outside terrace where I could sit for a while and watch the world go by.
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My lakeside walk ended where it had started, not far from the café. My previous visit to Peasholm Park had been during a holiday thirty years before so it had been nice to wander along the lakeside and discover the gardens on the island – and hopefully it won’t be another thirty years before I make a return visit.

 

22 thoughts on “Peasholm Park, Scarborough

  1. How lovely. I bet you can guess I’ll say my daughter-in-law would enjoy these Japanese-themed gardens. My Mum used to have a willow pattern dinner service too 🙂 It’s all so colourful and busy of people enjoying the sunshine, just the sort of blog post we need right now.

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    1. If I remember right I think my mum once had a few pieces of Willow Pattern too, although that’s actually a Chinese based design, not Japanese. Weather-wise it was a lovely Easter weekend that year, the camp site I stayed on was in Filey but I travelled about quite a lot that weekend. I haven’t been back there since but the site was really lovely so I must try to go back again sometime 🙂

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  2. What a gorgeous day you had for a walk. The park reminded of parts of Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. I’m so glad people had the foresight and vision to create and develop green parks.

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  3. Oh, I know this one, as my stepdaughter lives in Scarborough & we’ve been several times when we’ve been in UK. Brings a bit lump to my throat. Thanks for sharing. Take care, stay safe & hugs.

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  4. What a lovely sunny trip down memory lane. Hopefully it will not be toooooooo long before we are allowed to go a little further afield and get back to visiting interesting places. xx

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    1. I hope so too Jayne, I have a list of places I want to go to for a few hours out. Although it’s nice to have several places I can go to direct from home I’ve done all those walks heaven knows how many times and featured most of them on this blog, some of them more than once, so I’m itching to go further afield.

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  5. I was only thinking about Peasholm Park just the other day. It’s one of those places that never seems to alter from one visit to the next, even when those visits are separated my many years. X

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  6. ESP perhaps? – you thought about it, I’ve written about it 🙂 Maybe the café is now more modern but other than that the place doesn’t seem to change much over time.

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  7. I can’t begin to tell you how much I enjoyed this post. When I was little it was such a treat to go to the boating lake here and sail our boats. My brother had a modern posh job but I had my Dad’s old boat which I absolutely adored. I thought it had got lost over the years so I was really thrilled to find it in Dad’s attic when we cleared his house.
    We moved here 18 years ago, and I always meant to re-visit Peasholm Park but never got round to it. When grandchildren came there was always something they wanted to do more. Maybe it is best left in my memory, but I really enjoyed your post, so thank you.

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  8. I’m so glad you like the post Cathy. The park is such a lovely place that if I lived in Scarborough it would be visited frequently in good weather 🙂

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  9. Many’s the time I was there in my younger days, Eunice. I’ve watched the battle a time or two and listened to the band playing in the bandstand. You had a lovely sunny day too. Thanks so much for sharing this. I’ll keep it for next Monday 🙂 🙂 Hope you’re coping ok at present?

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    1. I’m fine thanks Jo, you too? I remember having a few holidays in Scarborough when I was a kid and one when my son was only five but I don’t think I ever saw the battle on the lake, though I do remember sitting with my parents and listening to the band 🙂

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  10. I remember when I was a kid on holiday there I always wanted to go on a dragon boat but my parents would never take me 😦 I was on my own on this particular visit but maybe if there’s ever an occasion when I’m not then I may get the chance to indulge my inner child 🙂

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