Saltburn-by-the-Sea’s golden crown is the inviting wide, sandy beach patrolled by lifeguards. Once well-known for its smuggling activities, the arrival of the railway and the enthusiasm for people visiting seaside towns in the Victorian era transformed this fishing village. Victorian-era charms are still evident in the quirky cliff tramway, Valley Gardens and Britain’s most northerly surviving pier. Today, this thriving town is known for its art scene, independent shops, food, and as a surfing destination. The town boasts one of the best surf schools in the country and annually hosts one of the UK's biggest surf competitions.
For arts, head to the Saltburn Studios and Gallery and for shoppers, head for the ‘Jewel Streets’; in these hidden gems, you should find some unique gifts.
The foodies among you will be delighted to know there is an impressive choice of restaurants, pubs and cocktail bars of which to take advantage. You should pick up some local ingredients at the monthly farmers' market to create a memorable celebratory meal. If you visit in July, you must try the popular annual Food Festival.
Children will love the beach and Saltburn Miniature Railway, which travels half a mile to Forest Halt or head half a mile to the Woodland Centre and let them discover the wildlife found in the local area.
There is so much to do in Saltburn-By-The Sea that you might wonder if you need to leave! However, you could miss exploring the breathtaking coastline and the North York Moors National Park. Walkers can delight in both by following a section of the spectacular Cleveland Way from Saltburn 9 miles along the coast to Staithes. A little further along the coast are Runswick Bay (11 miles) and Sandsend (16 miles), both an easy driving distance, and each has its unique charm.
Head 9 miles into the North York Moors, and you will find the beautiful Roseberry Topping and Cook Monument walk, or head 14 miles south to Danby Castle and walk Danby Dale, Blakey and Westerdale or around the castle overlooking the spectacular Esk Valley.
The region is best known for the gorgeously gothic town of Whitby (20 miles). Straddling the River Esk and dominated by the 13th-century ruins of St Hilda’s Abbey on the East Cliff, Whitby’s crooked cobbled streets and picturesque harbour have been a magnet for artists and tourists alike for centuries. Providing the backdrop for some of Lewis Carroll’s work, it was also famously the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula. For a real feel of the macabre and mystery of the place, climb the 199 abbey steps at dusk and wander around St Mary’s churchyard on the headland.