Saturday 29th December 2001

Weather: Sunny & cold


Today's Walk: Skelton - Saltburn ( 2 miles )

 

A pair of Canada Geese on the pond at Skelton (Grid Ref: 657 196) where we start our walk
- if it's the same pair, they raised a new family here last summer

 

A short stroll across a field and we join the path of the long-distance Cleveland Way

 

We follow the Cleveland Way through Crow Wood, passing under the massive arches of the railway viaduct...

 

...and then about a mile further on we get a good view down to the Italian Gardens at Saltburn

 

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This footbridge is quite a recent structure - the previous one was badly damaged in the Autumn Floods of 2000

 

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This is the old engine shed for the miniature railway - a new one has just been built across the beck,
again due to the damage done to a bridge during the floods

 

On reaching the shore we admire a couple of canoeists braving the cold, rough North Sea

 

Saltburn Pier - recently strengthened with the help of a National Lottery Grant

 

Looking east under the pier towards Hunt Cliff and The Ship Inn

 

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The pier buildings and the bottom of the cliff-lift


A few days previously, we'd visited Saltburn in the car when the sea was much calmer

That day, there were more people enjoying a stroll along the beach...

 

...and on the pier

 

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We joined them for a short while...

 

...the pier is looking very smart - the lottery money has been well spent

The houses and hotels at the top of the cliff were built in the Victorian era when the introduction of a railway
link to these parts brought a boom in tourism to Saltburn By the Sea

 

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The calm seas were ideal for the local fishermen...

 

...and for those wishing to enjoy a walk along the beach finishing with a pint in The Ship

location map


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