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Scarborough Mere

Scarborough Mere winter view

Scarborough Mere

Angling, bird-watching or just a tranquil walk and a taste of nature....? Find out more and explore the historic Mere, hidden away in the outskirts of the town of Scarborough, Yorkshire...

Scarborough Mere is a lovely natural lake inland in Scarborough, Yorkshire.

You can find it on the outskirts of Scarborough, at the base of Oliver's Mount - it actually forms part of the Oliver's Mount Country Park.

More about Olivers Mount

The lake was originally, naturally, very large, measuring around 40 acres. When the railway line to York was built in 1845, it cut across the lake, and now, what with this, and other drainage and landscaping plans, the Mere is just a shadow of it's former self at just 16 acres.

It still became a popular tourist attraction in Scarborough though, with rowing boats, Spanish Galleon trips, a 'Treasure Island', a cafe and a putting greem, at the height of its popularity.

Sadly, tourism declined a little, and this, combined with a build up of silt and weed meant the Mere fell gradually out of use.

Today, although Scarborough Mere does not compare with the huge and impressive Hornsea Mere (a SSSI and SPA), it is still a little haven of nature and tranquility in an otherwise uninspiring outskirt of Scarborough, and makes for a very pleasant short visit.

  • A small amount of car parking is available at the Mere

  • Birds at Scarborough Mere, Yorkshire

  • Ducks, swans and geese are usually in abundance around the Mere, and are very interesting to watch, and to feel close to nature
  • You can take a walk around the Mere
  • Fishing is available and a popular past-time in the Mere - for more details contact Scarborough Mere Angling Club
  • There is a lot of work being done, and even more planned, for the regeneration of Scaborough Mere, as part of the Oliver's Mount Country Park.

    These plans should restore the Mere to it's former glory, and make the area an accessible and attractive area for locals and tourists alike to visit and enjoy...

    Find out more about the regeneration project, here...

Birds at Scarborough Mere

Scarborough Mere on the Map

Scarborough Mere is in the Seamer Road area of Weaponess, Scarborough, posisioned right at the base of Oliver's Mount, in the Oliver's Mount Country Park.

Access the Mere off the A64 Seamer Road (one of the main roads into Scarborough) onto the B1247 Queen Margaret's Road...

...or from Weaponess Lane, Mere Lane, winding down from Oliver's Mount itself.

This map is interactive.

  • Just use the + and - buttons in the top left corner of the map to zoom in and out.
  • Use the arrows to move about the area.

Scarborough Mere probably isn't a full day out (unless you enjoy a day's angling), but we still enjoyed a brief visit to relax and enjoy nature for a few tranquil moments...

While you are in the area, don't forget to visit Olivers Mount itself...

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