Places to visit locally
Skinningrove – Cattesty sands. Through Skinningrove village is a free car park near beautiful Cattersty beach . Unspoilt , golden sands snd very clean and extremely quiet . Lots of space to walk and social distance – a real hidden gem away from the crowds .
Skinningrove Ironstone mining museum – Delve deep into what made East Cleveland and North Yorkshire the powerhouse of Britain in the late 19th Century when the region produced over a third of the world’s steel. Explore the villages that grew around the mines and steel plants, many being ‘model villages’ bult by the mines owners to house the growing number of mine and steel workers. See how life has changed over the last 100 years with their fascinating timesliders and visit some of the existing mine remains with 3D models of the sites.
Staithes village. Clinging to the hillside, Staithes is an unmissable destination to explore. From the winding cobbled streets to the charming 18th century cottages, you’ll find this coastal village is full of character.. Staithes was once an important fishing base, home to locally built boats and a small fleet of brightly coloured Whitby Cobles. Now, the boats are used by local fishermen to catch cod, lobsters and crabs and some vessels offer short pleasure cruises. Discover the wonders of this fishing village and spend the afternoon on the small beach exploring the cluster of rock pools. You’ll also find many fossils on this coastline as it’s otherwise known as the Dinosaur Coast. After a day exploring the coastline, stop by the Cod & Lobster for a traditional pub lunch.
Visit Staithes Captain Cooks Heritage museum – Staithes is world-famous as the place where Cook made his first contact with the sea, which started his incredible maritime career. He was employed in William Sanderson’s shop, an excellent (and the world’s only) recreation of which is found here. This museum, which opened in 1993 after six years of development, truly is a hidden gem. This treasure trove over two floors has a 1745 life-size street scene of Cook’s time in Staithes – and rooms on Staithes’ families, heritage, fishing and Cook prints. Themes also include alum, ironstone and railways. But pride of place goes to the huge collection of exhibits from Cook’s life, with over 200 books dating from 1773, 61 original Webber engravings from Cook’s third voyage, letters, glassware, porcelain, medals, coins, a South Seas shilling, models of ships… and copies of Harrison’s H4 and Kendall’s K3 maritime timepieces. You really should seek out this fantastic visitor attraction. There is a new Artisan Gift shop, with a wide range of locally handmade gifts, including paintings, textiles, glass, driftwood and honey.
The museum is open every day from 11am to 4pm. Admission is free.
Whitby – The famous abbey ruins on the clifftop, and cobbled Georgian old town below, form a beautiful backdrop to days on the sandy beach or strolls around the vibrant harbour.
Captain Cook learned his trade here in the 18th century, while in the 19th century Whitby expanded with the arrival of the railway. Steam trains still serve the town, on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway from Pickering and Grosmont, while the Esk Valley Railway offers a scenic trip through the heart of the beautiful Esk Valley.
The North Yorkshire Moors Railway runs heritage steam and diesel services from Whitby to Pickering, via the rail village of Grosmont with its engine sheds and station tearoom. Trains on the Esk Valley Railway also call at Grosmont on their way to Middlesbrough from Whitby.
The coast off Whitby and the National Park is the source of jet, the fossiled remains of the ancient monkey-puzzle tree. It’s been used as jewellery for thousands of years, and was popularised in Victorian times by Queen Victoria, and several shops in town still continue the tradition, including W. Hamond, the town’s oldest surviving jet shop. You can also visit the Whitby Jet Heritage Centre to see the last remaining example of an authentic Victorian jet workshop. From here head round the corner to Tate Hill where the Russian ship ‘Demeter’ ran aground, with the only apparent survivor a mysterious dog that disappeared up the 199 steps. At least that’s how Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula starts, inspired by his holiday to Whitby in 1890, when he also enjoyed walks to Kettleness and Mulgrave Woods, both now in the National Park.
Roseberry topping national trust site – is a distinctive and iconic landmark with fine views across North Yorkshire and Cleveland. Enjoy the wildlife, take part in walking or running trails or explore the woodland area.
A nice easy coastal walk from Saltburn to Redcar via Marske-by-the-Sea. The route runs for about 4 miles along a beautiful stretch of beach. Start the walk at Saltburn sands head north west to the viillage of Marske-by-the-Sea. The village is a nice place to stop for refreshments at one of the cafes at what is roughly the half way point of the walk. It also includes the impressive, Grade I listed Marske Hall which was built in 1625. Continue along the beach to Redcar where you will find ice cream parlours and the vertical pier. You can also hop on the train back to Saltburn if you are tired.