Scarborough is home to UK’s most romantic walk

The sun shines on Scarborough's South Bay beach as walkers enjoy the fresh air.
The sun shines on Scarborough's South Bay beach as walkers enjoy the fresh air.

Scarborough has been named as home to the UK’s ‘Most romantic walk’, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking, asked 15,000 of its supporters to nominate their favourite UK town or city for romantic walks and say why they had chosen it.

The entries were narrowed down based on the number of nominations received and the most romantic reasons given, and put up for public vote.

Scarborough fought off competition from Chester, London, Oxford and Glasgow to win, taking 28 per cent of the vote. 

The Scarborough nomination came from Caroline Rhodes, who said: “Walk from Scarborough Sea Life centre all along the front, round the cliff, passing Scarborough Spa Theatre and end at The Clock Café for a cup of tea and the best homemade scone I have tasted.

“I have done this walk many times with my husband and daughter. You get lots of beautiful views and meet nice people on the way.”

Living Street regional director Jenny Wiles said: “I’m really pleased to see Scarborough taking the title and representing the many great walks the North East and Yorkshire boast.

“The poll was light-hearted but we wanted to get across the simple message that by going for a walk a few times a week people can enjoy noticeable health benefits.

“As we know, physical activity greatly reduces your risk of coronary heart disease so a romantic walk is great for your heart in more ways than one.

“Hopefully the people of Scarborough and those visiting the area will be inspired to take the walk this Valentine’s Day.”

Scarborough MP Robert Goodwill added: “Scarborough is home to many fantastic walks so I’m thrilled that this one has been recognised nationally.

“We faced competition from some big UK cities but I think it’s thanks to our town’s wonderful views and pedestrian-friendly promenades that we managed to secure the win. 

“Walking with a loved one, in a group or with family and friends can do wonders for people’s physical health and mental wellbeing. I’d encourage everyone to get out there and discover their own favourite walk. I look forward to seeing if Scarborough retains the title next year.”