A weekend in Saltburn-by-the-Sea

Saltburn-by-the-Sea is not a place I had heard of before. I actually first saw it on The Harrogate Girl's Instagram early in January 2019 and googled it to find out where it was. Turns out it is only just over an hour away from us, so I booked a weekend in the Easter holidays. We booked a lovely AirBnB for two nights and drove over when school finished. My husband arrived later, on the train from Leeds when he finished work.

Saltburn funicular

My children and I grabbed some fish and chips for tea and headed straight down to the beach. I absolutely love eating fresh fish and chips fresh from the paper wrapping. It was rather chilly when we were down there, but the sun was setting and it was a gorgeous spot. I love being by the seaside, and it's not that often that we get to go away.

North sea in April
Beach huts saltburn

The beach huts are absolutely stunning. I took so many pictures of them. The colours are amazing and I am definitely going to look in to the possibility of renting one the next time we are in the area! We woke on the Saturday morning eager to explore the area. The weather forecast was great, so we decided to do this walk, from Old Saltburn to Warsett Hill.

Looking towards Saltburn
Cow on a hill Saltburn

It was an absolutely stunning walk, starting along the Cleveland Way, with incredible sea views from the cliffs. There is amazing wildlife and flowers along the way, along with the impact that humans have had on the land too. The walk isn't difficult. There are a few inclines, but it was perfectly manageable for all of us, including those of us with shorter legs!

Saltburn coastal walk
Warsett hill trig point

The views from the top of Warsett Hill are absolutely spectacular. You can see for miles and miles. We were lucky that the day we were at the top it was really clear and bright (albeit freezing)! I would definitely recommend walking up the way that we did, as some people walked up the steep side of the hill, which looked like a lot harder work.

Crossing the railway line
The Cleveland Way

We ate lunch in The Spa Hotel, on the way back up from the seafront. The food was amazing, and really reasonably priced. It was a really nice place to stop and relax after a 4.5 mile walk! The views from the restaurant area were really spectacular too.

Saltburn tramway
lensball funicular

The Saltburn Tramway is a fabulous nod to an era that is passed. It's a working funicular which has two tram cars which travel up and down, taking passengers down to the sea, or back up to the down. It's relatively inexpensive, and definitely worth it to save your legs if you've been walking all day like we had! Saturday night we ended up watching Britain's Got Talent together as a family and then all heading to bed at about the same time!

Saltburn railway station

On Sunday morning, we walked into town, taking in the East Cleveland Klondike Grand Prix cycle ride. It was amazing to see so many people taking part in such a testing race.

Saltburn is an absolute gem and I am so pleased we have spent time there. We will definitely be back again in the future. It's not too far away and makes a wonderful escape to the seaside. I would definitely like to go back in the summer too, although I fear it might be incredibly busy then. If you want to see more of our adventures, you can check out the video below.