Gareth Davies is Executive Officer of Scarborough Sea Cadets. Born and bred in Scarborough, he went to Hinderwell and Graham schools before joining the Forces. He and wife Natalie moved back to Scarborough “so our children Nathan and Charlie would grow up having the same environment we had – sea air, beaches and the national park on our doorstep”.
My favourite places in Scarborough include some of the standard ones, however there are some off the beaten track, but at any time of year I honestly think it’s paradise.
We live in the Old Town and whether it’s winter, summer, autumn or spring I love the South Bay panorama from the Castle Dykes.
I walk our family dog
Horatio up and around the castle most days and it never ceases to amaze me. I could look out to sea for hours and not get bored.
Another favourite haunt within walking distance from the house is Scalby Mills, not just for the scenery but I’ve been known to sample the offerings at the pub, especially during the summer.
It brings back fond memories growing up on the north side as we were lucky enough to have a beach chalet and spent more time than I
can remember climbing rocks, skimming stones and having barbecues on the beach.
It has changed somewhat and our original chalets are no longer there but I still love going down that way.
A bit farther afield is Wykeham Lakes; we spend a lot of time out there during the summer months, especially with our Sea Cadet boat station being situated on site. But it really is stunning on an evening and sometimes you can be the only person out there, it’s idyllic.
Again, a place close to my heart is Peasholm Park. Growing up, I loved the Tree Walk with all its magic but I later worked at the boat shed and naval warfare, living a Boy’s Own dream going to battle three times a week as the captain of HMS Ark Royal. Being part of something that has been running for decades and knowing how much I enjoyed it when I was young was special.
I couldn’t possibly not mention the harbour, in particular the Harbour Bar, and Pier View Cafe as it combines the views and food!
Lastly a place that is a second home to me, having first stepped inside in 1993, is the Sea Cadet Unit, the old St Thomas’ Church on East Sandgate.
Not only is it a stunning building with the memorabilia and history of the town’s sea cadet unit
going back to the Graham Sea Training School, but
the number of the town’s youth that have passed through its doors and gone on to have amazing experiences from before my time to the present day really makes me proud.