Saltburn – 4 May 2011

I was inspired to visit Saltburn today. I’d seen some pictures that made it look like an interesting place for a visit, and of course there was that nifty bit of video in which a bus driver showed all other road users how to get up a very steep and windy road covered in really nasty snow. So, I did the research, and found that I’d have to get a train from Newcastle to Darlington, then change there. It was an interesting trip – it’s quite a few years since I’ve been to Teesside by train (since I delegated looking after our office there to Aaron, basically), and even then I hadn’t been further than Thornaby since our office moved out of Middlesbrough in 1997. And I’d never been further than Middlesbrough.

And much has changed. There’s a shiny new bridge I need to visit near Thornaby, and loads of stuff at Middlesbrough, so I’ll be making another Teesside trip fairly soon…

Anyway, I got to Saltburn, which is the end of the line and walked down to the sea. And when I say down, I mean down in a very serious way. The main part of the town is set high on the cliffs, below which you can find a pier, which is much shorter than it used to be thanks to storms, the odd collision with a ship and other problems. The other fun thing to be found is a funicular railway which provides a very quick and easy route from the town to the pier. It’s been restored quite recently, and still works by balancing water rather than using boring motors. Nice.

There’s also some nice bits of sculpture to enjoy, a big flat beach, and some quite impressive cliffs. You can see all this in the gallery below, including some fisheye fun on the pier.

As you’ll see, it was another bright sunny day, though it was a wee bit windy, especially at the end of the pier.

13 thoughts on “Saltburn – 4 May 2011

    1. Les Post author

      I’d guess steam. Though there is a helpful digram on the wall in the lower station which suggests that there are lots of little men running around through the tubes.

  1. Twisty

    Wow! :eek: How weird to see an oceanside beach that isn’t crammed full of hotels and buildings! Very nice photos, Les…I like the trams – they look similar to one in my old hometown in Duluth, Minnesota, USA (somewhat similar incline, too!) How long was the train ride into Saltwell?

    1. Les Post author

      Geography is on the side of keeping Saltburn quiet – the only way down to the beach from the town is that crazy steep windy road. No trains in Saltwell, I’m sure I’d have noticed them if there were. The train ride to Saltburn, on the other hand takes about an hour and a half, depending on how long you have to wait at Darlington for your connection…

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