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Saltburn Viaduct.

Saltburn to Skelton

An easy to moderate linear walk through the Valley Gardens and woodlands. Why not take the time to enjoy the Italian Gardens, stopping at the Tea Rooms for refreshment? Crossing Skelton Beck beneath Saltburn's rail viaduct provides both archeological and photo opportunities. Part of the walk follows the Cleveland Way.

Saltburn to Skelton - distance approximately 2 miles.

The return journey can be made using local transport i.e. a bus from Skelton High Street or simply extend your walk and enjoy the return journey in reverse.

There are a number of starting points for this walk depending upon your means of transport and arrival in Saltburn.

Basic Route

Starting points vary. If you are travelling by car Cat Nab car park is situated on the lower promenade at Saltburn-by-the-Sea on the A174, signposted Woodland Centre, Miniature Railway and Saltburn Smugglers. OS Map Grid Reference NZ666215

  • Leave the car park and walk across the bridge into the Valley Gardens, away from the sea front.
  • Follow the footpath through the gardens keeping the miniature railway line on your left.
  • Continue to follow the track crossing two bridges over the beck, keeping the railway line to your left, until you arrive at a third bridge at the end of the miniature railway line.
  • Cross the bridge and follow the path up several steps, turning left at the top to walk towards the Tea Rooms, Italian Gardens and Woodlands Centre.
  • The path from the Woodlands Centre continues uphill to meet with the Rose Walk footpath at the picnic area. Take the left hand turn to continue your walk.

If you arrive by bus or train you will find yourself on Station Square.

  • Walk away from the Station and Bus Stops, up Station Street, passing the Queen's Hotel on your left.
  • Cross the main road past the Community Hall and Theatre and continue walking along Albion Terrace towards the War Memorial.
  • When you see the War Memorial cross the road and turn right, walking along the footpath for a short distance, keeping the children's playground on your left hand side.
  • Just beyond the playground there is a set of steps on your left hand side. Walk down the steps and follow the path downwards towards the picnic area.
  • At the picnic area you can choose to take the left hand downward path to the Italian Gardens, Tea Room and Woodlands Centre or you can take the right hand path to continue your walk through the woods.

Both walks converge at this point.

The Green Man ornamental seating in the Valley Gardens

  1. Follow the undulating pathway through the woods, passing an ornamental metal seat featuring the Green Man on your right.
  2. At the second ornamental metal seat follow the road to the left as it drops down towards the site of the old Marske Mill. The now overgrown and abandoned excavation site can be viewed if you vere towards the left, otherwise follow the path as it turns right towards the viaduct.
  3. Passing underneath the viaduct cross the bridge over the beck. The water here tumbles over rocks and scars and offers a great photo opportunity.
  4. Follow the path as it meanders through Crow Wood. Here the pathway turns sharply left as it begins to rise upwards, some parts with steps.
  5. The pathway continues through Crow Wood until it arrives at the A174 underpass. Here you can choose to turn around and make the return journey or continue into Skelton to use public transport for your return. Follow the Cleveland Way through a new housing project, then crossing open land before passing through a metal gate which brings you on to the bottom of Derwent Road in Skelton.
  6. Follow Derwent Road, turning left at the library onto Coniston Road.
  7. At the top of Coniston Road turn left onto Skelton High Street and walk along towards the bus stand.