Last Week’s Shoot – Scarborough

South Bay at Dusk Scarborough

I don’t get over to Scarborough as often as I’d like, so I planned in a dusk shoot for this month on a day which had been forecast as light cloud, but as I was travelling over on a (overpriced) Transpennine Express the clouds drifted away revealing blue sky and sunshine, so I was glad I’d travelled a bit earlier in the day and had a nice sunny afternoon at the coast…

The Grand Hotel, Scarborough
The Grand Hotel, Scarborough

Rather than wandering straight down Westborough I went via The Crescent and had a look at some of the fine buildings above Valley Road (Woodend, The Art Gallery, The Rotunda Museum) on the way towards Spa Bridge).  Woodend provided a nice coffee stop too, where I had a look at the Anne Brontë p200 exhibition, celebrating Anne’s bicentenary with 200 artworks each based on a page from The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (it’s still on until 8th February if you’d like a look).  Down at the bridge, I couldn’t resist getting a few shots of the imposing Grand Hotel in the sunshine – which also has an Anne Brontë connection as it’s on the site of the house in which she died in 1849.

Oriel window detail at Scarborough Town Hall
Oriel window detail at Scarborough Town Hall

Just along the clifftop, the town hall – a fine red brick Jacobean mansion also look lovely in the sunshine.  From here I headed down the cliff steps to the seafront where it was getting unseasonably warm and I had to remove a layer of clothing.  I even spotted a couple of kids paddling in the sea (though I suspect not for very long!).

Anne Bronte grave with flowers laid for her bicentenary in January 2020
Anne Brontë grave with flowers laid for her bicentenary in January 2020

After a fish and peas lunch and a look around the harbour I walked around Marine Drive to the North Bay and eventually made my way back via St Mary’s Church – stopping off to visit Anne Brontë’s grave in the churchyard.  It was nice to see so many fresh flowers laid as it was just a few days after her 200th birthday.

View across South Bay from the Sun Court at Scarborough Spa towards Castle Hill
View across South Bay from the Sun Court at Scarborough Spa towards Castle Hill

I walked all the way back to the Spa Complex for dusk and waited for the sun to go down and hoped for a bit of nice light in the sky.  Though the cloud had built back up again through the afternoon, there was still a nice hint of pink above Castle Hill about a quarter of an hour after sunset.

View from Scarborough Spa at dusk across South Bay
View from Scarborough Spa at dusk across South Bay

The ornate lamps on the old Victorian spa building looked great as the sky darkened.  From the Spa I walked back up to Spa Bridge to get some more shots across South Bay as the sky turned a deeper blue (see featured image, top).

Reflections in South Bay of Scarborough Harbour at Dusk
Reflections in South Bay of Scarborough Harbour at Dusk

The view across to Scarborough Harbour and the lighthouse looked good too with the lights from the harbour reflecting off the sea.  On the way back to the station I had to stop and get a shot of the Stephen Joseph Theatre which looked very colourful!

Simon Joseph Theatre in the 1936 former Odeaon Cinema building on Westborough
Simon Joseph Theatre in the 1936 former Odeaon Cinema building on Westborough

There are many more images from the shoot in the Yorkshire Coast gallery on the website if you’d like a look!

About marksunderland

Mark Sunderland is a landscape and travel photographer specialising in Yorkshire, England. He supplies licensed images, prints and calendars through marksunderland.com - the source for Images of Yorkshire - and also runs photography workshops in the Yorkshire Dales with Natural Light Workshops.

5 Responses

  1. Roger

    Love the images which bring back many happy memories and that triggers a commercial thought …..
    Nostalgia collections for baby boomers who grew up in the 50s and 60s and early 70s a sort of then and now featuring peasholm park, the heater smelter and more
    Could apply the concept to multiple locations a ross the north…..

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