ith easy access to the sea and wide open spaces, it’s no wonder Redcar and Cleveland is described as the outdoor capital of the North East. Eight glorious miles of sandy beaches offer a traditional seaside experience, while inland you will discover beautiful moorland and scenery. The delightful coastal town of Saltburn-by-the-Sea bestows plenty of Victorian charm and thrills. Take a ride down to the sea on The Saltburn Cliff Tramway, the oldest water balanced funicular in operation in Great Britain. It connects the town with the only remaining pleasure pier on the North East and Yorkshire Coast. There’s a variety of exciting water sports on offer. Why not book in for a thrilling surf lesson at Saltburn Surf School and learn to ride those waves. At Saltburn Golf Club, with its stunning views, you can hit the perfect round of golf. Of course, a trip to the coast isn’t complete without sampling the local fishing crew’s catch. The Seaview Restaurant, perfectly placed on the seafront, serves fresh and elegant seafood dishes in the restaurant and the tastiest fish and chips from its takeaway. At the charming seaside resort and fishing town of Redcar, give your taste buds a treat and try the famous lemon top ice cream. Voyage into the nautical world with a visit to the Zetland Lifeboat Museum and Redcar Heritage Centre, home to the oldest surviving lifeboat in the world. Take in spectacular seaside views from the top of Redcar Beacon, an 80ft vertical
pier that was built as part of the seafront regeneration scheme. For a memorable day out, horse lovers will be champing at the bit to visit Redcar Racecourse for some topquality horse racing action. The busy market town of Guisborough and its surrounds are well worth a visit with activities and attractions to keep everyone happy. A good place to start is Guisborough Museum, which tells the story of the ancient town. The Guisborough Forest and Walkway is a mosaic of thriving habitats, with woodland, wetland and grassland and is a gateway to the North York Moors National Park. The dramatic skeleton of Gisborough Priory dates to the 14th century and is a superb example of early Gothic architecture. It was founded by ancestors of Robert the Bruce, King of Scotland and is steeped in rich ecclesiastical history. Tired legs can enjoy a well earned and luxurious rest at Gisborough Hall, a striking hotel where you can dine in style, be pampered in the Revival Zone and relax in elegant surroundings. Perhaps one of the best ways to enjoy the area is to lace up your walking boots and explore the Cleveland Way. This 110 mile National Trail which starts in Helmsley and reaches its end at Filey Brigg will show you the best of coast and country with magnificent scenery of the North York Moors National Park, stunning heather moorland and spectacular views of the North Yorkshire coastline. Along the route, at Great Ayton you will find the beautiful Roseberry Topping, probably one of the most distinctive hills in Yorkshire with its half-cone summit and jagged cliff. Whatever the season, soak up the gorgeous setting as you walk through colourful bluebell
woods or blushing heather to reach the top and experience breathtaking panoramic views. Redcar and Cleveland has a rich industrial heritage which can be explored in its wealth of museums and historic sites. The Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum in Skinningrove, provides the exciting opportunity to experience the underground world of a real ironstone mine and to understand the skills, customs and life of the Cleveland miner. The fascinating local industrial, maritime and social history can be uncovered at Kirkleatham Museum and Grounds. Within this magnificent 1709 Queen Anne building, that began life as a free school for boys, is a treasure trove of artefacts and exhibitions that tell the tales of the past, including Steel Stories a powerful celebration of the region’s steel and industrial heritage. Winkie’s Castle Folk Museum in Marske-by-the-Sea also has a wonderful collection of artefacts from local bygone days.