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The Victorian coastal resort of Saltburn By The Sea has one major claim to fame, and a rather surprising one at that, given the high number of Victorian resorts along this stretch of coastline. It is home to the only seaside pier on Yorkshire’s entire stretch of coastline, and is the most northerly located pier still in existence. The precarious-looking, elongated structure has survived shipwreck, storms and threatened demolition on numerous occasions, jutting stubbornly out into the North Sea to remain a distinctive sight along this rugged stretch of coast. Stroll to the pier end in the bracing sea air, enjoy the sandy beach and promenade, in summer lend an ear to the music wafting from the Victorian bandstand before riding the town’s famous cliff lift.

Facing the pier, this ancient water-balanced lift is now a tramway that has been hoisting fishermen and tourists alike between the pier-front promenade and the main town’s Marine Parade more than one hundred metres on the cliffs above for over two centuries. Other attractions in town include a trip back in time at the fascinating Saltburn Smugglers Heritage Centre. Set in former fishermen’s houses next to the popular Ship Inn, it explores the darker side of this fishing village’s past, with tales of shipwreck, contraband and smuggling derring-do, as townsfolk struggled to outwit the officers of the day in their pursuit of clandestine commodities and an evasion of tax. Back out in the bright light of day, enjoy the miniature railway, built in the middle of the last century, as it passes on its short journey through the lovely Saltburn Valley Gardens. Here you will find pleasant gardens and a tea room as well as the Woodland Centre, which has its own permanent orienteering trail and information on local walks, including the Cleveland Way which passes through, and attractions. In recent years surfing has become increasingly popular from Saltburn’s beach and during the summer a hire shop in the seafront caters for all levels of interest, including tuition for beginners.

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