From Saltburn to Skinningrove

  • Interesting coastal walking
  • Contrast two sea ports
  • Views from Warsett Hill
For those walking the Cleveland Way, Saltburn by the Sea is a highly satisfactory staging post. The moors and farmland are at an end and the long, lovely coastline of North Yorkshire is ahead. The initial coastal walking to Skinningrove is highly enjoyable for a number of reasons; the views out to sea, the proximity of the old railway with its traditional rail buildings (now disused) and the chance to climb a hill (although this is not as rare as yo may think on the coasts of Britain.
Saltburn & Skinningrove offer an interesting contrast – the bustling Victorian sea side resort with grand old (if a little tired in places) buildings of Saltburn contrast with Skinningove, a traditional fishing port where the workers and fishermen look to have always held sway. A tough life by the sea has been recognized with some pleasant carvings and boats of a bygone age.
Recommend: This stretch of coast made me feel slightly nervous, it is the one section of coast where it is easy to feel uneasy. The erosion seems very active, the paths are close and unfenced and I did wonder how long the old rail tracks would last on one short section. Probably gone now!

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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