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Cattersty Sands seen from the Cleveland Way east of Skinningrove
Cattersty Sands seen from the Cleveland Way east of Skinningrove

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Route No. 736 - Thursday 30 August 2018
Skinningrove, Skinningrove Beck, Cleveland St Walk,
Upton Farm, Cleveland Way, Cattersty Sands
8km circuit - Cleveland Coast . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer OL27 North York Moors Eastern area


Looking across Skinningrove Beck from the car park
Looking across Skinningrove Beck from the car park

Memorial to Skinningrove fishermen lost at sea
Memorial to Skinningrove fishermen lost at sea

Pigeon fancier sculpture at the Skinningrove Pigeon Racing club
Pigeon fancier sculpture at the Skinningrove Pigeon Racing club

In the pedestrian area there was a refreshments stall called the Shelley Shack. Across the little pedestrian area we turned right into Beach Road where we passed a life size wooden sculpture of a pigeon fancier outside the head quarters of the Skinningrove Pigeon Racing club. We followed Beach Road generally southwards for about 150m to a bridge on our left over Skinningrove Beck.

This morning was fine and sunny once more. My friend, Jim, and I drove to the village of Skinningrove on the Cleveland coast. We parked in a little free parking area on the sea front at map ref. NZ 713 201. From the car park we walked along Marine Terrace with the beach on our left. From the end of Marine Terrace we crossed a little pedestrian area.

Walking along Marine Terrace from the car park
Walking along Marine Terrace from the car park

Nearing our left turn over the beck
Nearing our left turn over the beck

Crossing the bridge over Skinningrove Beck
Crossing the bridge over Skinningrove Beck

Road between the row of houses and the beck wall
Road between the row of houses and the beck wall

The uphill path with the beck down on our right hand side
The uphill path with the beck down on our right hand side

From the bridge we continued along a track bearing left away from the beck and climbing up the hillside. After another 200m there was a building site below the path where the tops of interconnected brick arch structures had been exposed. It turned out that this was the site of the Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum that is currently being refurbished.

We crossed the bridge and then turned right to follow the road with a row of terrace of houses on our left and a high wall next to the beck on our right. We continued along the road for a little over 300m and here on our right there was another bridge from the village street across the beck to join the road we had been following.

Path bearing left up the hill after the 2nd bridge
Path bearing left up the hill after the 2nd bridge

Following the path uphill
Following the path uphill

Refurbishment at the rear of the mining museum
Refurbishment at the rear of the mining museum

Turning left on to the route of the Cleveland Street Walk
Turning left on to the route of the Cleveland Street Walk

Nearing the top of the long staircase
Nearing the top of the long staircase

The view to the sea gradually developed as we climbed higher. At the top of the steps we continued along a grassy path still climbing gently across the fields past a tall transmitter mast on our left.

About 50m beyond the back of the mining museum we turned left off the track onto the route of the Cleveland Street Walk climbing some steps up the hillside. As we climbed the steps there was a fine view over Skinningrove.

Climbing the steps along the Cleveland Street Walk
Climbing the steps along the Cleveland Street Walk

Grassy path from the top of the steps
Grassy path from the top of the steps

Looking down the valley of Skinningrove Beck from the top of the steps
Looking down the valley of Skinningrove Beck from the top of the steps

Beyond the mast the path became a farm access track which we followed along the edge of the fields until we passed Deepdale Farm to reach a minor road called Hummersea Lane. At the road there was a long terrace of houses to our right. We crossed the road to a finger post showing the continuation of the footpath on the left hand side of the hedge opposite. (Not up the access track opposite)

Phone mast by the path
Phone mast by the path

Approaching Deepdale Farm along the track
Approaching Deepdale Farm along the track

Many garages by the track as we nered Hummersea Lane
Many garages by the track as we neared Hummersea Lane

Farm machinery parked by the track
Farm machinery parked by the track

Crossing Hummersea Lane
Crossing Hummersea Lane

Well worn path up the bank to the field path from the start of the access track off Hummersea Lane
Well worn path up the bank to the field path from the start of the access track off Hummersea Lane

Path along the field edge from Hummersea Lane
Path along the field edge from Hummersea Lane

View to the coast from the top of the stile
View to the coast from the top of the stile

Turning sharp left here along the field edge to the road
Turning sharp left here along the field edge to the road

We walked along the edge of the field to a minor road at map ref. NZ 726 193. At the road we turned right and walked along the road still climbing gently up the hillside, towards Upton Farm.

We continued following the footpath along the edge of the fields for about 450m from Hummersea Lane. We crossed the stile here and then turned sharp left

Short access track from the field corner to a stile
Short access track from the field corner to a stile

Continuing along the edge of the field to the next stile
Continuing along the edge of the field to the next stile

Path along the field edge to the road
Path along the field edge to the road

Stile down a bank to the road
Stile down a bank to the road

Passing the junction with Micklow Lane
Passing the junction with Micklow Lane

Upton Cottages where we turned left off the road
Upton Cottages where we turned left off the road

Following the field path out to the Cleveland Way
Following the field path out to the Cleveland Way

About 350m from the road we came to an information board on our right giving details of an Anglo-Saxon burial ground excavated here between 2005 & 2007. The artefacts discovered are on display in the Kirkleatham Museum in Redcar. We continued along the path to a wooden step stile where we crossed the fence to join the Cleveland Way coastal path.

After about 500m along the road we passed a junction with Micklow Lane joining our road from the right. From this junction we continued along the road for another 700m to a row of stone cottages with Upton Farm behind them. Opposite the far end of the row of cottages we turned left off the road to follow a public footpath along the edge of the fields heading northwards towards the coast.

Following the road to Upton Farm
Following the road to Upton Farm

Our turning to the left off the road
Our turning to the left off the road

Following the field path out to the Cleveland Way
Following the field path out to the Cleveland Way

Stile on to the Cleveland Way Coast Path
Stile on to the Cleveland Way Coast Path

Cleveland Way Coast Path heading towards Skinningrove
Cleveland Way Coast Path heading towards Skinningrove

Path heading down the bank towards North Warren Cottage
Path heading down the bank towards North Warren Cottage

View along the coast from the path down the bank
View along the coast from the path down the bank

Very soon after we joined the Cleveland Way the path began to drop down a steep bank to a farmstead called North Warren Cottage. There is a note on the gate asking walkers to be careful to close the gate properly to protect their free range poultry. As we descended the bank there was a lovely view along the coast to the headland beyond Skinningrove.

All the way to the coast path our route had been climbing and this was the highest point on our walk at about 180m above our stating point at sea level in Skinningrove. At the Cleveland Way we turned left to follow the Cleveland Way back into Skinningrove. It was less than two hours to low tide and from the coast path we could see several ships at anchor waiting for the tide to rise so that they could enter the Tees Estuary.

Lovely pale blue shade of the harebells by the path
Lovely pale blue shade of the harebells by the path

Path heading down the bank towards North Warren Cottage
Path heading down the bank towards North Warren Cottage

Heading down to North Warren Cottage
Heading down to North Warren Cottage

Path passing North Warren Cottage and the free range hens
Path passing North Warren Cottage and the free range hens

150m past the cottage the path dropped down the bank again
150m past the cottage the path dropped down the bank again

Coast Path crossing the path down to Hummersea
Coast Path crossing the path down to Hummersea

Next to the sign post is a path crossing the coast path and continuing down the steep bank to the beach & scars. This is a public footpath that gives access to the Hummersea Nature Reserve managed by the Tees Wildlife Trust. We continued along the coast path back towards Skinningrove.

We continued along the coast path from the cottage, past Hummersea Point overlooking the Hummersea Scar now exposed by the low tide. At map ref. NZ 725 198 there is a finger post sign and a bench seat looking out to sea.

Continuing along the Coast Path
Continuing along the Coast Path

Looking down Hummersea Bank from the Coast Path
Looking down Hummersea Bank from the Coast Path

Following the Coast Path back towards Skinningrove
Following the Coast Path back towards Skinningrove


Skinningrove beach, Cattersty Sands, just coming into view

Steep descent down steps to the road at Skinningrove
Steep descent down steps to the road at Skinningrove

We walked along the road and decided to stop at the Shelley Shack for a very nice bacon bap and a cup of coffee. (There are public toilets nearby too for everyone's convenience) We walked back along the Marine Terrace to the car park and left our rucksacks in the car.

The coastal scenery looked lovely in the bright sunshine. Even the huge complex of industrial sheds that is the Tata Steel Works adds interest to the scene. We made the steep descent down a long series of steps to join a minor road on the edge of Skinningrove.

Cleveland Way Coast Path nearing Skinningrove
Cleveland Way Coast Path nearing Skinningrove

Entering Skinningrove along the road
Entering Skinningrove along the road

We stopped at the Shelley Shack for a bacon bap & a coffee
We stopped at the Shelley Shack for a bacon bap & a coffee

Returning to the car park from Marine Terrace
Returning to the car park from Marine Terrace

Steps up on to the jetty
Steps up on to the jetty

The jetty was built by the Skinningrove Iron Company early in the 20th century. From the jetty we returned to the car park along the coast path. The whole walk had been about 8km and it had taken us a little over three hours including our refreshment stop at the Shelley Shack and our look at the jetty and Cattersty Sands.

From the car park we continued along the coast path to the very substantial stone jetty in the middle of Cattersty Sands. We stopped here for a few moments to look at the view before we climbed some steps to what seemed to be the remains of a trig point. Then we walked down on to the jetty and leaned on the railings to look at the view on this side.

Cattersty Sands seen from the start of the jetty
Cattersty Sands seen from the start of the jetty

Just a quick look at the jetty
Just a quick look at the jetty

From Cattersty Sands we returned to the car park along the coastal path
From Cattersty Sands we returned to the car park along the coastal path

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