Saltburn is a quaint North Eastern town overlooking the North Sea close to Redcar. Lots of the existing buildings were built to satsify the Victorians who flocked to it for the sea air and for promenading its pier. As you walk around you can certainly get a feel for its glamorous past.
According to a local website, Saltburn by the Sea;
“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 pier.”
As the boys were growing up it was our favourite beach spot that was only a short drive away. We spent many a happy day here — our dog, Bruno loved to stretch his legs running along the sandy beach chasing the big dogs.
Over the years Saltburn’s fortunes have taken a dive like many towns across the North but it’s good to see a bit of a creative and retail revival going on. For the last couple of years we’ve noticed quite a bit going on along the beach front such as new places to get a snack or an ice cream or to have a drink. We had always arrived by car and parked very close to the beach and it was very rare that we ever ventured further into the town. It wasn’t a place we cared to visit too much as the beautiful beach didn’t seem to match with the sad 19th century facades on the cliff top. If you arrive by train you are instantly in the heart of the shops and restaurants that are going through this mini resurgence.
We spent about 4 hours having a mooch which of course included the obligatory cake and coffee pit stop.
I hope you enjoy our photos and suggestions.
1. First Stop — an Aladdin’s Cave of a shop called The Cave. We bought Candleberry candles.
2. Ripping Yarns — we reckon this is where all those Yarn Bombers must go for their supplies.
3. The Yorkshire Pie & Mash Shop — looked and sounded fab — we’ll defintely be back.
4.The Clock Tower — first thing you see when you come out of the train station
5. The Sitting Room — sells tea and liquor. We had a cake and coffee pit stop here. Quirky with miss matched crockery and unusual cake choices. We tried caramel and spiced apple and rose, pistachio and white chocolate. Yum yum.
6. The day we visited there was a new business opening called The LillianDaph Lifestyle Store. It seemed like their visitors were appreciative. We mingled and were treat to prosecco and cupcakes. Describing themselves as a destination we defintely think one to re-visit when less crowded.
7. The Candy Bank – a veritable treasure trove for those with pocket money and a sweet tooth. That’s us then! We bought sugar mice, liquorice, coconut ice and old fashioned traffic light lollipops.
8. We couldn’t visit Saltburn though and not stop by our beloved beach front. For an October Saturday not only was the weather sublime but the place was heaving.
We absolutely love Saltburn. We are so glad that investment appears to be taking place right through the town to attract visitors at levels of Victorian times again. It has held a place in our family’s heart for a very long time and long may it continue. We will never tire of jumping in the car, all weather and spending some quality family time there but in future some of those visits will include a visit to the shops.
What do you love about Saltburn and if you haven’t been — why not?