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From Saltburn to Skinningrove

  • Interesting coastal walking
  • Contrast two sea ports
  • Views from Warsett Hill


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For those on the Cleveland Way Saltburn by the Sea is a significant marker. The moors are at an end and the long, lovely coastline of North Yorkshire is in front of you. I thoroughly enjoyed the coastal section to Skinningrove partly due to the views out to sea but also the proximity to the old railway and  old traditional rail buildings (now disused). Saltburn & Skinningrove also offer an interesting contrast – the bustling Victorian sea side resort with grand old buildings contrast with a the more traditional fishing port of Skinningrove where you just feel the workers and fishermen have always had it just that bit tougher.
Recommend: This stretch of coast is the one section where you do feel a wrong step and you could go over the edge. The erosion seems the most active and I did wonder how long the rail tracks would last on one section

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL26 North York Moors West Buy Map
Start Point: NZ 665216.Parking in one of the marine front car parks is best then head east and cross the river..The Ship Inn is where the walk starts - take the steeper steps signed Cleveland Way, you will return on the bridleway next to it.
Height to Climb: 253 ms (830 feet)
Terrain: The coastal path is clear but does skirt to the cliff edge (take care) whilst the return over Warsett Hill does leave the marked path (but there is an unmarked track)
Eating & Drinking: Tea shops and pubs are in good supply in Saltburn and Skinningrove. The Marine and Victoria certainly have some good beer.
Similar Walks Nearby: From Staithes to Port Mulgrave
Beacon Hill from Danby
Explore Runswick Bay
Places to Stay:


Pennysteel Cottage, Staithes


  1. Jonathan says:

    Please add a comment if anyone can help?

  2. Alex McPherson says:

    I walked in this area in 1974 one evening while on a commissioning job in Redcar.
    Its gorgeous – but there is a question that I’ve been curious about since then.

    There was a double railway track, where at one point the tracks did not line up – only one of the tracks was continuous – the second tracks just end on either side.
    It was as if the track was built from both sides and when they met in the middle – they were offset – only one track lined up.
    So it ended up as a single track railway. I could not believe it ! I took a photograph which I still have – not the greatest but the double tracks are visible.

    You can see it on Google earth 54°34’53.55″N 0°55’17.51″W Its more clear if you select 2005 imagery.

    I would love to hear the story behind this. Does anyone know how this happened ?

    I’m also curious about the disused steel plant I saw at Skinningrove – what company was there and what did they make ?

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