Five days to the weekend: Cloughton

Why go there?
You can find Cloughton can be found just north of Scarborough on the eastern side of the North York Moors National Park. It’s situated less than a mile from the coast and has access to a small sandy beach if you fancy dipping your toes in the cold North Sea at this time of year. If you’re not feeling that brave, enjoy the stunning coastal scenery from up high on the cliff face or by following the North Sea Trail as it passes close by.
The disused Scarborough-Whitby railway line runs through the village, and is popular with walkers, cyclists and horse riders. If you want a good dose of sea air, Robin Hood’s Bay is just a short drive north, or head south into Scarborough and find out what attracted the Victorians here.
National Trust members might like to check out a moorland nature reserve at Bridestones, while if you’re looking for heritage sites, Scarborough Castle, Whitby Abbey and Pickering Castle are the three closest English Heritage sites worth visiting in the area.
Where to stay
Fancy staying in an old railway building? Don’t worry, Cloughton’s old Station House has been extensively renovated to offer en-suite bed and breakfast accommodation for just £32 per person, per night. If you’re looking for a longer break – such as Friday to Sunday, you can even stay in a railway carriage on a self-catering basis.
Where to eat
There are three pubs vying for your attention in Cloughton: The Blacksmiths Arms, The Red Lion Inn (01723 870702) and the Falcon Inn (01723 870 717), all of which offer typical pub fare. If you want something more upmarket, head into Scarborough and visit Peppers Restaurant. Not only does it pride itself on using locally grown and reared produce (including fresh catches from the North Sea), it has opened the Hare’s Leap farm shop in Burniston, right next door to Cloughton, so you can take a little taste of the North York Moors home with you.
Tell us a local secret
Cober Hill Hotel (which offers B&B at £32 a if you’re unable to stay at the Station House) was originally owned by Frank Lockwood MP, who was prosecutor at Oscar Wilde’s second trial in 1894. He subsequently become Solicitor General.
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