Day 182 : Middlesbrough – Saltburn

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.

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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.

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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,

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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.

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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.

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I walk on the beach towards the pier at Saltburn where I finish for today.