Saltburn-by-the-Sea is located on the beautiful North Yorkshire Coast, on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors. The surrounding rural villages offer the visitor a quiet and relaxing day out, in tranquil surroundings. The area has a wealth of historical interest, charm and character, enhanced by many local attractions and events.
Satlburn’s flat, sandy beach is protected by the 365ft headland of Huntcliff, and provides one of the best surfing aspects on the coastline. The Saltburn coastline is recognised as part of the thirty six miles of Heritage Coast, which is crowned by dramatic headlands. The Heritage Coast climbs high above smugglers' secret caves, as it continues south, towards Whitby. Rich in fossils, the sheer rock faces boast some of the finest formations in Britain, whilst providing shelter for native and migrant birds.
The Saltburn Cliff Lift is a funicular railway lift, which climbs a steep hill from the seafront, up to town (saving your legs!). It is the oldest operating water balance cliff lift in the world.
Saltburn boasts an exhilarating country walk with stunning views, including the region's best vantage point which can be used to marvel at Boulby Cliffs, the highest cliffs on the east coast of England. Add in far reaching views over the North York Moors, and two fascinating nature reserves, and there's never a dull moment. In times past, these rocks also concealed smuggled contraband, landed here by the expert seamen, whose skills made them popular targets of the pressgang.
Redcar and Cleveland's coastline stretches from the mouth of the Tees to the coast of Staithes. We have one of the longest unbroken stretches of beach in the United Kingdom, running from South Gare to Saltburn.
The town of Whitby, on the North Yorkshire Coast, lays claim to fame for a number of diverse reasons. It was in Whitby that Captain James Cook, the well known explorer, began his seafaring career; it was here that the writer Bram Stoker first had the idea for his legendary novel, Dracula; and Whitby is one of the UK’s principal fishing ports.
Whitby Abbey was first founded in the seventh century, and was laid to waste several times by successive regimes, before finally being abandoned altogether and left to fall to ruin. It is also in this part of the town that there are one hundred and ninety nine steps cut into the cliff face. These steps climb to an old churchyard, and actually provided Bram Stoker with the main inspiration for the story of Dracula.
It was the status as an important sea port that gave Whitby much of its acclaim. One of the attractions, which can be seen in Whitby today, is a scaled replica of Captain Cook’s ship, Endeavour. It is often possible to enjoy a sail on the ship at different times of the year, when the weather is clement.
The Magpie Cafe in Whitby was recently visited by the famous Sunday Times food critic, AA Gill, who described their fish and chips as the best in the world.
Runswick Bay, with its sandy beach and many caves and rock pools, is excellent for fossil hunting and shell collecting. It has often been remarked that Runswick reminds people of the little village of Lilliput, from the fictional novel Gulliver’s Travels.
Staithes has all the charm of a place lost in time. This small North Yorkshire fishing village gives the appearance of having grown out of the cliffs and is a must visit for anyone staying on the North Yorkshire Coastline.
Helmsley is the only market town in the North York Moors National Park, and there’s plenty of fascinating attractions, including the National Centre for Birds of Prey, Helmsley Castle, Helmsley Arts Centre, the Walled Gardens and the town’s very own Brewery.
Helmsley is a perfect destination for those who love the great outdoors, being right on the edge of the North York Moors National Park. With the bonus of having a thriving market town as a base, to provide hospitality after a long day, the town is ideally placed for walkers, cyclists, dog owners and horse riders.
If you were asked to imagine the perfect English market town, then it'd probably look a lot like Helmsley. There's the bustling market square, the dramatic castle ruins, the charming tea rooms, the inviting inns, all of which are surrounded by mile after mile of the beautiful North York Moors. Indeed, the Cleveland Way and Ebor Way both begin from here. It's no wonder that Helmsley welcomes back so many visitors year after year.