Harland Mount Nature Reserve

View towards Scarborough Castle - Harland Mount Nature Reserve - Elizabeth Round

View towards Scarborough Castle - Harland Mount Nature Reserve - Elizabeth Round

Harland Mount Nature Reserve

Set on a steep hill ascending out of Scarborough, this rough acid pasture and scrub woodland nature reserve offers beautiful views across the town and over the sea.


Stepney Hill
North Yorkshire
YO12 5NL

OS Map Reference

TA 021 871
A static map of Harland Mount Nature Reserve

Know before you go

8 hectares

Entry fee


Parking information

As the A170 Pickering road descends into Scarborough, you pass the Jacobs Mount Caravan Park on the right. Descend through the wood and then pull into House Cliff Lane on the right just past the first house. There is room for a couple of cars here, but p

Grazing animals

Grazed in spring and autumn

Walking trails

Permissive footpaths.


Permissive footpaths.


No dogs permitted

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

May to September


In the past this acid grassland has seen some improvement but now the pasture at Harland Mount Nature Reserve is managed by traditional methods to restore it to the species rich grassland it once would have been.

There are currently few rarities on site, but interesting and attractive species include ox-eye daisy and common knapweed flourish. The nature reserve is worth a visit simply for its unspoilt nature, as well as to take in the magnificent views afforded here.

The steeply sloping woodland bisects the meadows and is primarily a dense mix of ash, oak, elder and hawthorn. Yorkshire Wildlife Trust currently thins out the woodland to allow ferns and other flora to colonise more of the ground, making the most of the newly created lighter conditions. Bluebell, primrose and dog violet grow on the banks below the woodland.

There is a small dew-pond in the upper field that has long been dry and offers potential restoration in the future.

Seasonal highlights

  • Spring: Plants - Bluebell; Primrose; Birds - Whitethroat; Willow warbler
  • Summer: Plants - Dog violet; Ox-eye daisy; Invertebrates - Grasshoppers
  • Autumn: Fungi 
  • Winter: Mammals; Roe deer


Public transport
Nearest train station is Scarborough. Buses run from Scarborough to Jacobs Mount next to the site.

By car
The nature reserve is situated just off the A170 out of Scarborough, next to Jacob’s Mount Caravan Park. There is space for three cars in the lay-by off the A170, but please do not block the lane. Follow the lane to access the site. Nearest facilities are in Scarborough town centre.