An exhilarating country walk with stunning views including the region’s best vantage point to marvel at Boulby Cliffs, the highest cliffs on the east coast of England. Add in far-reaching views over the North York Moors and two fascinating nature reserves and there’s never a dull moment. Saltburn’s Inclined Tramway and Victorian pier, plus golden, sandy beaches are close by.
DISTANCE: 13.0 KM (8.0 MILES)
GRADE OF WALK:MODERATE
EXPLORER MAP:Outdoor Leisure 26
Cat Nab car park situated on the lower promenade at Saltburn-by-the-Sea on the A174, signposted Woodland Centre and Miniature Railway. OS Map Grid Reference NZ666215
Starting at the Cat Nab car park, cross the public road and pass the waterworks on the left before reaching a footbridge. Follow a sign directing you into Saltburn Gill Nature Reserve. Cross the stile to follow a path that takes you high above the Gill. Climb steps that lead to two more stiles about 50 metres apart. Cross a footbridge as the pathway runs close to Saltburn Gill.
Follow the right of way up a slope before emerging into a level open area. When the path divides there is a wooden post in the centre, head to the right on the upper path with gorse bushes on the right-hand side. Pass a nature reserve information board, go through the wooden gate then make your way through the woodland ridge. Follow the path as it bends up an incline to the edge of a field.
Continue directly ahead towards the houses at the western edge of Brotton. Follow the track round to meet the A174. Turn left up the hill and pass under the railway bridge, to join the High Street with the Methodist Church on the left. Turn right up a flight of steps opposite No. 42. Follow the path which is covered by overhanging trees until you reach playing fields. Keeping left, walk directly ahead through a cemetery until you reach Kilton Lane. Cross the lane and turn right, then left onto Winchester Road.
Follow the road to the junction with Canterbury Road. Follow a walkway on the left until you catch sight of Guibal Fan House on your left. Cross a road and follow the track that runs gently downhill to pass close to Gripps Farm. The route then veers left around the perimeter of a golf course, then cross the stile to lead to a path close to the fence on the left-hand side. Continue left and over the stile. At the next stile a notice points out Cattersty Gill Nature Reserve, make your way left towards another stile.
Turn left away from Skinningrove along Cattersty Cliffs, past Guibal Fan House until you reach the metal sculptures. Follow the signs for the Cleveland Way, taking in the breathtaking views, including Roseberry Topping to the left, along the cliff tops towards a stile. Through the stile make your way down some steps and follow the roadway round to the left to reach the starting point at the Cat Nab car park.