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The Cleveland Way on the cliff top just south of Saltburn
The Cleveland Way on the cliff top just south of Saltburn

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Route No. 615 - Thursday 31 March 2016
Saltburn, Cleveland Way, Warsett Hill, New Brotton,
Saltburn Gill Nature Reserve circuit - 9km
Cleveland Coast . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer OL26 North York Moors Western area


The pier at Saltburn seen from our parking spot on the sea front
The pier at Saltburn seen from our parking spot on the sea front

Following the road around the sea front at Saltburn
Following the road around the sea front

The old mortuary near the Ship Inn
The old mortuary near the Ship Inn

Start of the climb to the cliff top along the Cleveland Way
Start of the climb to the cliff top along the Cleveland Way

We followed the road round a right hand bend to pass the Ship In n on our left. Then we turned left off the road to follow a public footpath climbing up the bank behind the Ship Inn to the cliff top. At the top of the climb we came to a large stone slab carved with the legend 'Cleveland Coast'. There was a great view back over Saltburn and along the coast to the offshore wind farm at Redcar.

This morning was bright and sunny with clear blue sky. I couldn't wait to get out on a good walk. My friend, Jim, and I drove to Saltburn on the Cleveland Coast. We parked in a 'pay and display' car park on the sea front at map ref. NZ 666 216 next to the pier. The Cleveland Way comes past the car park along the road. From the car park we followed the Cleveland Way eastwards along the sea front. On our right just before the Ship Inn we passed a small mortuary building with the date 1881 set in its gable end.

Looking back to the pier from the road on the sea front
Looking back to the pier from the road on the sea front

The Ship Inn on the sea front at Saltburn
The Ship Inn on the sea front at Saltburn

The Cleveland Way climbing to the cliff top
The Cleveland Way climbing to the cliff top

Looking back over Saltburn from the cliff top on the Cleveland Way
Looking back over Saltburn from the cliff top on the Cleveland Way

Part of the offshore wind farm at Redcar
Part of the offshore wind farm at Redcar

Information board about the Hunts Cliff Roman signal tower
Information board about the Hunts Cliff Roman signal tower

Cleveland Way beside the coastal railway
Cleveland Way beside the coastal railway

Beyond Hunt Cliff the Cleveland Way path runs next to a large 180 degree bend in the goods railway serving Skinningrove steel works and Boulby potash mine. As we progressed along the cliff edge the railway began to turn inland away from the Cleveland Way path and at this point we came to a large sculpture of a huge charm bracelet with a seat nest to it and a lovely view of the sea and high cliffs between Skinningrove and Boulby.

We continued along the Cleveland Way following the cliff edge. There were some graphic signs warning of the dangers of the unprotected cliff edge. At Hunt Cliff there is an information board about a Roman Signal tower there in Roman times but now the coastal erosion has put the site of this substantial stone tower out in the sea.

Graphic warning about the dangerous cliffs
Graphic warning about the dangerous cliffs

Cleveland Way along the top of the high cliffs
Cleveland Way along the top of the high cliffs

Cleveland Way squeezed between the railway & the cliff edge
Cleveland Way squeezed between the railway & the cliff edge

'Charm Bracelet' sculpture by the Cleveland Way
'Charm Bracelet' sculpture by the Cleveland Way

Stile on to a permissive path to the level crossing
Stile on to a permissive path to the level crossing

Crossing the railway
Crossing the railway

Across the railway is a large ruined building. These are the remains of the Guibal Fanhouse invented by a Belgian, M. Guibal, to pump stale air from the maze of tunnels dug by the ironstone miners here in the latter half of the 1800's. On the large interior wall you see the 9.2 metre diameter housing for the huge fan.

From the seat by the sculpture we continued along the Cleveland Way path for another 100m or so and then we turned off the Cleveland Way to cross a stile on our right. From the stile we followed a permissive path around the edge of the railway for about 300m to a level crossing at map ref. NZ 698 12.

Following a permissive path to the level crossing
Following a permissive path to the level crossing

The ruins of the Guibal Fanhouse
The ruins of the Guibal Fanhouse


Class 66 type of six-axle diesel electric freight locomotive hauling . . .


. . . a long train of empty wagons

We had to climb this locked gate to leave the railway
We had to climb this locked gate to leave the railway

Crossing the field to the trig point
Crossing the field to the trig point

From the railway we followed the route of a public footpath up the hillside to a gate in the hedge at map ref. NZ 695 213. The whole of the end of the hill is open access land and from this gate we headed straight up the hill to the next hedge where there is a gap, formerly a gateway and the remains of a stile next to it. We walked through the opening and continued parallel to the hedge to the trig point on top of Warsett Hill (map ref. NZ 692 214). This is a lovely view point looking north west over Saltburn to Redcar and south east along the coast towards Staithes.

We crossed the railway at the level crossing. At the far side of the railway there were signs warning of a large fine for failure to close the crossing gate. However closing the gate was not a problem. It was opening the gate that proved to be impossible as it was secured by a heavy chain and large padlock. We were about to climb the gate when we heard the horn of an approaching train. A Class 66 diesel electric locomotive hauling a very long train of empty wagons appeared as I had one leg over the gate. I managed to swivel round just in time to get a photo of it.

Heading for the gap in the hedge at the top of the hill
Heading for the gap in the hedge at the top of the hill

Trig point (triangulation pillar) on top of Warsett Hill
Trig point (triangulation pillar) on top of Warsett Hill

View westwards over Saltburn from Warsett Hill
View westwards over Saltburn from Warsett Hill

Looking southeastwards from Warsett Hill
Looking southeastwards from Warsett Hill

Going down from Warsett Hill to join the public footpath
Going down from Warsett Hill to join the public footpath

At the point where a public footpath crosses the fence near the bottom of the field next to the railway at map ref. NZ 688 215, we crossed the stile and followed the public footpath for about 100m to a level crossing over the railway.

As we stood at the trig point looking out over Saltburn there was a stile in the hedge just a few metres to our left. We crossed this stile and then turned right to head down the steep slope of this open access land.

Crossing the stile next to the trig point on Warsett Hill
Crossing the stile next to the trig point on Warsett Hill

Following the public footpath across the railway
Following the public footpath across the railway

The public footpath along a farm track to Brough Cottage
The public footpath along a farm track to Brough Cottage

Following the public footpath to Brough Cottage
Following the public footpath to Brough Cottage

Heading for Brough House Farm
Heading for Brough House Farm

Level crossing next to Shepherd's House Farm
Level crossing next to Shepherd's House Farm

We continued along this track to pass through Shepherd's House farm and up a small rise to re-cross the railway at another level crossing. From the railway we followed the track for about 200m out to Saltburn Road.

From the railway we continued along the public footpath following a track along the edge of the fields heading generally westwards. About 500m from the railway we turned left along another track to pass along the edge of Brough House Farm.

Approaching Brough Cottage where we turned left
Approaching Brough Cottage where we turned left

The track through Sheperd's House Farm
The track through Shepherd's House Farm

Joining Saltburn Road
Joining Saltburn Road

Looking across the fields to Saltburn from the track heading for Shepherd's House Farm
Looking across the fields to Saltburn from the track heading for Shepherd's House Farm

Saltburn Road passing under the railway
Saltburn Road passing under the railway

Path along the track to Barns Farm
Path along the track to Barns Farm

From this bend and junction we walked along Saltburn Road for about 350m to the entrance to Barns Farm on the left. Here we turned left off the road to follow a public bridleway along the access road towards Barns Farm.

At the road we turned right to follow the road down hill to cross under the railway. We continued along the road round a right hand bend at the junction with Coach Road.

Nearing the turning to Barns Farm
Nearing the turning to Barns Farm

Path along the track to Barns Farm
Path along the track to Barns Farm

Turning off the track to Barns Farm following the bridleway to Saltburn Gill Nature Reserve
Turning off the track to Barns Farm following the bridleway to Saltburn Gill Nature Reserve

Bridleway to Saltburn Gill
Bridleway to Saltburn Gill

Inquisitive horses next to the bridleway
Inquisitive horses next to the bridleway

About 450m from Barns farm we came to the beck at map ref. NZ 674 206. Here the bridleway continues across the beck but we turned right to follow a public footpath downstream along the east side of the beck.

After about 120m the access road turns sharp right through some gates into the farm. Here we kept straight on following the bridleway down the hillside to the Saltburn Gill Nature Reserve.

Looking along Saltburn Gill to the coast
Looking along Saltburn Gill to the coast

Bridleway dropping down into Saltburn Gill
Bridleway dropping down into Saltburn Gill

Sign post next to the beck where we turned off the bridleway to follow a public footpath downstream
Sign post next to the beck where we turned off the bridleway to follow a public footpath downstream

Footpath following the beck downstream
Footpath following the beck downstream

We made our way carefully down the slippery edge of the landslip and squelched our way across the deep soft mud to regain the path beyond the land slip.

After about 130m there had been a land slip that had swept away around 5m of the path leaving a soft muddy area about 1m below the general level of the path.

Footpath following the beck downstream
Footpath following the beck downstream

The landslip had swept about 5m of the path away
The landslip had swept about 5m of the path away

The path zig-zagged up the hillside
The path zig-zagged up the hillside

The path dropped back down to the side of the beck
The path dropped back down to the side of the beck

It's a very pretty wooded valley which we followed for a total of about 900m to the road at map ref. NZ 669 214. We walked along the road past the main car park to the sea front and along the sea from back to our car park next to the pier and the end of our walk. The whole route had been about 10km that had taken us around 3 hours to walk. We rounded off our outing with fish and chips for lunch in the sea front cafe next to the pier.

A little further on the path climbs up the steep valley side on some wooden steps and continues down the valley at a higher level for a while before dropping back down the edge of the beck.

The path zig-zagged up the hillside
The path zig-zagged up the hillside

The path continued down the valley at a higher level
The path continued down the valley at a higher level

Path through Saltburn Gill Nature Reserve
Path through Saltburn Gill Nature Reserve

Path from the nature reserve approaching the road
Path from the nature reserve approaching the road

Bridge over the beck before we joined the Saltburn Bank road
Bridge over the beck before we joined the Saltburn Bank road

Crossing Saltburn Gill on the road bridge and passing the main car park on the left as we returned to Saltburn at the end of our walk
Crossing Saltburn Gill on the road bridge and passing the main car park on the left as we returned to Saltburn at the end of our walk

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