Old Saltburn to Warsett Hill walk

Old Saltburn and Warsett Hill, North Yorkshire

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Saltburn's award winning pier & cliff lift © Gareth Wilson

Saltburn's award winning pier & cliff lift

Enjoy fantastic coastal wild flowers such as the pyramidal orchid © Kate Horne

Enjoy fantastic coastal wild flowers such as the pyramidal orchid

The Guibal Fanhouse at Warsett Hill is a monument to man's ingenuity © Gareth Wilson

The Guibal Fanhouse at Warsett Hill is a monument to man's ingenuity

Route overview

Starting in the Victorian seaside town of Saltburn-by-the-Sea, this walk has many interesting features. Though the area may seem like a natural landscape when enjoying the coastal wildlife, man has had a significant impact on it. During the late 19th century much of the area was mined for iron stone. Some fascinating remains from these industrial days can still be seen at Warsett Hill. For those who prefer man's more artistic creations, there are sculptures along the way too.

Route details

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Yorkshire Coast Old Saltburn to Warsett Hill walk map
  • Directions
  • Route
  • Bus stop
  • Parking
  • Toilet
  • Viewpoint

Start: Saltburn sea front car park, gird ref: NZ668215

  1. Cross the road from the car park to the sea front. Turn right and follow the road.

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    Before setting off for the walk be sure to check out Saltburn's award winning pier and cliff lift. The pier was opened in 1869 and was the first on Cleveland's coast. The cliff lift was added in 1884 and used an ingenious system of counter-balancing water tanks to transport visitors up and down the cliff.

    Saltburn's award winning pier & cliff lift © Gareth Wilson
  2. Just after the Ship Inn turn left at the National Trust sign. Climb the steps and follow the Cleveland way for 2 miles (3.2km).

    Show/HideCoastal wildlife

    In summer the grassland at Old Saltburn is a riot of colour as wild flowers bloom. Different species can be seen on the coastal slope where the grassland is free from man's influence. The cliffs at Huntcliff are home to breeding seabirds such as the kittiwakes and fulmars.

    Enjoy fantastic coastal wild flowers such as the pyramidal orchid © Kate Horne
  3. Continue for about 200m after the information panel about the Guibal fanhouse. Bear right over the stile and cross the field to the railway crossing.

    Show/HideGuibal Fan house

    To some it's a concrete eyesore, to others a monument to our industrial past. Either way, it was certainly an impressive feat of engineering for its time. When operational it contained a huge 30ft (9m) fan that pulled stale air from the mine below, providing a safer environment for the workers.

    The Guibal Fanhouse at Warsett Hill is a monument to man's ingenuity © Gareth Wilson
  4. Carefully cross the stiles and railway. Cross two fields to the summit of Warsett Hill. At the top of the second field bear left to find the stile.

    Show/HideWarsett Hill

    At the summit of the hill take a well earned rest and enjoy the fabulous panoramic views of the coast and surrounding area.

  5. Bear left at the triangulation pillar and cross the stile. Bear right following the fence down the hill. Where the path splits, bear left accross the field to the railway crossing.

  6. Carefully cross the stiles and railway. Head straight on, on the track.

  7. At the intersection of paths by the cottage continue straight on.

  8. Where the track bends round to the left by the farm, continue straight on onto the path.

  9. Bear left before the row of cottages following the cycle route 1 sign. At the road, retrace your steps to return to the car park.

End: Saltburn sea front car park, gird ref: NZ668215

  • Trail: Walking
  • Grade: Moderate
  • Distance: 4.5 miles (7km)
  • Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • OS Map: Explorer Map OL26
  • Terrain:

    Paths and tracks that can get muddy at times. Walking boots are recommended. Dogs welcome, but please keep on leads, especially around grazing livestock.

  • How to get here:

    • By foot: Easily accessed from Saltburn. Start of walk is on Cleveland Way
    • By bike: National Cycle Network Route 1 passes start of walk
    • By bus: Arriva 28, 48, 48A and X4 all serve Saltburn. See www.connectteesvalley.com for details
    • By train: Saltburn, 0.5 miles from start of walk
    • By car: Car park (non-National Trust) at Saltburn. Just off A174 at sea front. Postcode for Sat Nav: TS12 1HF  

     

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