Middlesbrough was a large industrial city on the River Tees with a large port and docks, Steelworks nearby and the large chemical complex of ICI which was split up in the 1990’s and there are many chemical offshoots.
Walk Date : 12th Nov 2015
Mileage : 14.10 miles Total Mileage : 2, 863.29 miles
Accommodation : West View, Reeth
I continue today from the Riverside Stadium along the Teesdale Way past various industrial sites but it is not long before my route is closed at South Bank Station and I have to find my way along busy trunk roads.
Its not till you have to walk past the Steel works between Middlesbrough and Redcar that you realise how big the complex is. At one entrance to the complex I notice a sign saying “Forever Passionate about Steel”. Rather poignant after the recent announcement of the closure of the steelworks,
I finally leave the main road at Coatham and walk along its sandy promenade into Redcar. The promenade has been redeveloped with steel sculptures depicting its heritage and a building that looks like a helta-skelta, Apparently it’s a vertical pier called Redcar Beacon.
My route takes me out of Redcar along the Stray by Zetland Park to Marske-by-the-Sea. As I approach Marske there is quite an imposing building on the cliff tops overlooking the sea. It is Cliff house which was a holiday home for the Pease family who were prominent business people. Not sure who own it now though.
I walk on the beach towards the pier at Saltburn where I finish for today.