North York Moors CAM

Thursday 24th February 2000

Today's short walk: Hunley Hall Golf Club, Brotton - Warsett Hill


Aerial view of Brotton - c. 1982 (looking north)

Brotton is an ex-mining village and in 1874 there were five local ironstone mines in operation. Warsett Hill can be seen in the top right of the photo about half a mile north-east of the village. The railway line running from the bottom right to top centre is part of the Saltburn to Cleveland Potash mineral line. It carries on round the top of Hunt Cliff and was once part of one of the most picturesque rail routes in the country, carrying excited holidaymakers from Saltburn to Whitby, until a certain Dr Beeching spoiled all the fun in 1963 by closing down the line to passenger trains


Our short walk today starts at Hunley Hall Golf Club, Brotton


The golf course enjoys a dramatic location on the eastern side of Warsett Hill . . .


. . . with spectacular views of Boulby Cliffs beyond Skinningrove Steelworks


We follow a farm track north for about half a mile . . .


. . . as the train passes by on its way to the Cleveland Potash Mine at Boulby - Skinningrove Jetty also comes into view


Soon we see the trig point on the crest of Warsett Hill (166m) - our destination . . .


. . . and here's the view west from the top - Saltburn can be seen (left centre) and beyond are the chemical plants of ICI, Wilton


Another view of Saltburn and industrial Teesside


Looking north-west up the coast towards Teesmouth with the top of Hunt Cliff prominent (right centre)


Another view of Boulby and Hummersea Cliffs on our way back


Warsett Hill from Saltburn Lane on the return journey home


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