Oliver's Mount and Mere Country Park

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Overlooking the southern part of Scarborough is Oliver's Mount, a large wooded hill rising to 500 feet above sea level and from which you can obtain a breathtaking view of Scarborough. It has an impressive War Memorial, the column rising to 75½ feet, and there is also an attractive picnic area and nearby cafe with fabulous views.

The former name of the hill was Weaponness and its present name may be derived from the mistaken belief that Oliver Cromwell placed batteries on it during the siege of the Castle.

In 1840, Anne Bronte wrote of visiting Oliver's Mount in her poem "The Bluebell" - an extract is reproduced here:
"That day along a sunny road
All carelessly I strayed,
Between two banks where smiling flowers
Their varied hues displayed.
Before me rose a lofty hill,
Behind me lay the sea, . . ."

The Mount is also home to various sporting activities, including the famous Oliver's Mount Racing the only English road motorbike racing circuit. You can drive around the twisting roads, but please stick to the speed limit!

At one time, the mere spanned over 16 hectares in size and is a natural lake in the Weaponess Valley, but when the railway came to Scarborough in 1844, the mere was greatly reduced to make room. After WW1 it was transformed into a traditional park, with floral beds and lawns and activities such as boating.

Today, the mere’s focal point is its rich flora and fauna, making it a beautiful place to visit. There is also a cafe and plenty of paths to walk and enjoy time with the family.

Scarborough Angling Club offer membership to people who wish to fish the mere and fishing competitions are regularly organised. Tuition can also be offered to anyone interested in fishing, whatever the age!

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  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site


  • Free Parking

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  • Accepts groups

Map & Directions

Road Directions

By Road:From Scarborough Railway Station, take a right turn onto Valley Bridge Road. Proceed over Valley Bridge on the main Scarborough-Filey Road (A165). Go straight on at traffic lights then take the next right turn onto Mountside which will lead up to the top of Oliver's Mount'By Public Transport:There is no bus to the top of the Mount but the no 17 will stop at the bottom of the Mount near B&Q on Seamer Road. Check current timetable at www.eyms.co.ukAccessible by Public Transport: Scarborough station is 1 mile away.

Oliver's Mount and Mere Country Park

Type:Viewpoint/Beauty Spot

Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 2YW
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Opening Times

Oliver's Mount (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)

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