[ Photo Gallery # 79 ]
Moving further along the North Sea coast of Yorkshire from the scenes of the villages north of Whitby in my previous Photo Gallery ( # 78), I post below just a selection of my photographs of two seaside towns, Saltburn and Redcar.
Both were and still are holiday resorts, once much more popular as such than they are today. Both still maintain a small, if much diminished, fishing fleet and still do their utmost to attract visitors. Their great glory is the beautiful 8 mile long beach, one of the longest unbroken stretches in the United Kingdom, running from South Gare, at the mouth of the River Tees, southwards, along the seafront of Redcar, past Marske-by-the-Sea, to Huntcliffe at Saltburn.
SALTBURN: Huntcliffe,Cat Nab & the Ship Inn.
SALTBURN: The view south from the entrance to the funicular cliff railway and Huntcliffe,
Saltburn is one of the original centres of the north-east surfing scene
The funicular railway at Saltburn began operating in 1884 and is the oldest operating water-balance cliff lift in the United Kingdom.
A misty view upwards showing the balanced ascending and descending carriages
Saltburn pier, first opened in 1869, is now the last pier remaining in Yorkshire. It has itself been frequently damaged in the past by North Sea storms, but remains a popular attraction.
View from the pier southwards to Huntcliffe
Saltburn Pier – looking due East to the North Sea
The view to sea from REDCAR. Not what I had expected to see, 10 years after my previous visit!
REDCAR: Wind Turbines – now detracting from the view of the North Sea
Even the re-designed and modern seafront promenade now has wind turbines as a backdrop
REDCAR . . . and the fishing boats now have these to contend with too!
REDCAR BEACON: Now sporting a seafront helter-skelter – Sorry, NO, it is apparently a Vertical Pier, with its own restaurant and giving beautiful views along the Yorkshire coastline.
REDCAR: . . . and sand sculptures to enhance the view!?