Day 183 : Saltburn – Runswick Bay

Saltburn is a charming Victorian seaside town where the industrialists and businessmen escaped the noise and grime of Teesside with their families. There is a funicular lift, that is two cars that counter balance each other with water, that take you down from the cliff to the seafront and pier. The pier is supported by iron legs which have withstood the force of the North Sea.


Walk Date :                13th Nov 2015
Mileage :                     12.70 miles                   Total Mileage :          2, 875.99 miles
Accommodation :      West View, Reeth

I leave Saltburn by the Cleveland Way, a 110 mile long distance path that goes from Helmsley to Filey. The coastal part of this path starts at Saltburn. A stiff climb from Old Saltburn and I am on my way along the cliff tops.


At Huntcliff there is a metal hoop sculpture like a giant charm bracelet with the charms depicting local life. I drop down into the village of Skinningrove and pass a fish and chip shop in a shed. I remember someone commenting on how nice they were from Skinningrove, I wonder if this is the place, but it was not open yet so I cannot vouch for their quality.


Back up along the cliff tops. The highest I reach today is near Boulby. The mines nearby produce over half the countries potash. It is only a short walk down to sea level again into Staithes.


Staithes is a small fishing village and harbour that nestles in a cove around Rocky Beck. It is very picturesque and favoured by painters and artists. It was the home of Captain James Cook who did his sea going apprenticeship here. I stop by the harbour for my lunch before continuing.


It’s a steep walk out of Staithes and onto Port Musgrave. The port was used for shipping out ironstone to other places, which was mined locally.  I finish today at Runswick Bay another small picturesque village.