PUBLISHED: 14:38, Tue, Nov 17, 2020 | UPDATED: 14:39, Tue, Nov 17, 2020
Walking has become a hugely popular way to pass the time during both lockdowns one and two. It's vital to get fresh air and exercise at this time - and those lucky enough to have good walks on their doorstep should be sure to make the most of those routes. Express.co.uk has teamed up with the North York Moors National Park to identify some of the best walks near Middlesbrough.
Good train links to both Redcar and Saltburn makes this 5.2-mile coastal walk possible without a car. It’s a great day out making the most of a glorious stretch of the England Coast Path and with sights aplenty along the way.
One to look out for is the impressive stone-built Cliff House which was built in the 1800s as a holiday residence for the Pease family who were prominent industrialists in the North East.
Walkers will also pass Saltburn, a town with a rich heritage based on the vision of Henry Pease to create a Victorian seaside resort.
It's worth spending a bit of time wandering along the promenade to the most northerly pier in Britain and seeing the Cliff Lift in action before you head home.
What's more, covid restrictions depending, on the second Saturday of each month the Saltburn Farmers’ market takes place in the heart of the town offering a great opportunity to stock up on locally-made goodies.
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Middlesbrough walks: Victorian seaside resort Saltburn is a town with a rich heritage (Image: Getty Images)
Middlesbrough walks: Victorian seaside resort Saltburn has the most northerly pier in Britain (Image: Getty Images)
Distance: 5.2 miles
Duration: Allow two and a half hours
1. Once out of the train doors, turn left along the platform and out of the station at the level crossing.
2. Turn left across the level crossing and along West Dyke Road, passing the Redcar Town Clock and continuing to reach the seafront at the Redcar Beacon (Vertical Pier).
3. Turn right to follow the seafront, passing Paccito’s and the Zetland Lifeboat Museum.
4. At the Zetland Park Roundabout, continue along The Stray/Promenade.
5. As the track turns inland, turn onto the coastal path and follow this all the way towards Marske.
6. The path brings you to the boundary of Cliff House. Turn left onto the tarmac path to skirt around the building.
7. On the other side there is a sandy inlet. Drop down a few steps, across and up the inlet and them climb the stone steps on the other side.
8. Continue across the grassy expanse, eventually passing alongside the wall that marks the boundary of St German’s Churchyard with its distinctive spire.
9. Continue on the path to Saltburn - there may be a few fields to cross which may contain livestock and can be muddy in places.
10. At the third stile cross back onto the coastal path and continue to Saltburn.
11. Drop down the steps, then head along the promenade and finish your walk with a stroll out onto Saltburn’s pier.