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Cleveland and North Yorkshire's Iron Coastline...

... the Victorian watering-place of Saltburn by the Sea.

Saltburn by the Sea is a seaside resort with a dark, deep maritime past that still permeates the air. Formerly an upmarket resort for Victorians, this small town can be found on the North East coast, just south of its larger neighbour, Redcar. Saltburn is still a relaxed resort, with a charm and character that's distinctly Victorian. Many features remain from the Victorian era. The formal Italian Gardens are linked to the shore by a miniature railway and a unique cliff lift, which opened in 1884; it is Britain's oldest operating water-balanced cliff lift. The lift affords panoramic views during its gentle descent to this coast's only iron pier.

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The discovery of massive deposits of iron in the hills during the nineteenth century created an industrial explosion along this coastline and also saw plans to exploit the wonderful sandy beaches, safe seas and 'invigorating' air.

The Saltburn coastline is recognised as part of the 36 miles of Heritage Coast, crowned by dramatic headlands. The Heritage Coast south from Saltburn climbs high above smugglers' secret caves as it continues south towards Whitby. Rich in fossils, the sheer rock faces boast some of the finest formations in Britain, whilst providing shelter for native and migrant birds. In times past, these rocks also concealed smuggled contraband, landed here by the expert seamen whose skills made them popular targets of the 'pressgang'. Satlburn's flat, sandy beach is protected by the 365ft headland of Huntcliff and provides one of the best surfing aspects on the eastern coastline.

Saltburn nestles between the North Yorks Moors to the south and the shopping centre of Middlesbrough to the north. The surrounding rural villages offer the visitor a quiet and relaxing day out, in tranquil surroundings. The area has a wealth of historical interest, charm and character enhanced by many local attractions and events.

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Huntcliff from the pier c1920

Entrance to CLiff Lift

God on the Rocks. A novel by Jane Gardam. Set on the north east coast and eventually filmed in Saltburn in 1992 with Minnie Driver as Lydia.