Back in the 18th century, the fishing village of Saltburn-by-the-Sea (to give it its full title) was well-known for its smuggling activities. Transformation came with the arrival of the railway, and the Victorian zeal for seaside towns was played out in full at Saltburn, which still features Italian Gardens, quirky cliff tramway and elegant pier. But there's also a vibrant, contemporary air to town, which is making a new name for itself as an arts, culture, food and surfing destination.
Things to see and do
The golden sands are as enticing as they ever were. Explore the Valley Gardens to experience something of the town's original Victorian air, while the Woodland Centre helps you discover the wildlife of the area.
The Cliff Lift (dating from 1884) is one of the world's oldest water-powered funicular railways – it operates daily from Easter until the end of September and at weekends in October, November and December.
The Saltburn bandstand, with its beautiful contemporary design, was forged by local blacksmith, James Godbold. The bandstand hosts free weekend concerts from May to September.
Contemporary artists and artisans work and exhibit at Saltburn Studios & Gallery. It's usually open weekends noon to 4pm, though there are workshops and events throughout the year too.
Saltburn Farmers' Market (2nd Saturday of the month), held in the station portico, is acquiring a reputation as a great place to source local produce and artisan food, arts and crafts. There's also an annual Food Festival each July.
The Cleveland Way National Trail, which starts in Helmsley, first reaches the sea at Saltburn – it's 9 miles down the coast to Staithes from here.
Saltburn is popular with surfers and you'll see them in action throughout the year. Local surf schools offer lessons and equipment hire.
Valley Adventures put together tailormade activity programmes for groups and families, from bushcraft and archery to surfing and orienteering.