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Saltburn-by-the-Sea, UK

It’s not so grim up North, you know. My choice of using mostly black and white photos isn’t the best way to convince you of that but take my word for it.

Saltburn-by-the-Sea is small coastal town in North Yorkshire, situated on the North East coast of England.  It is, for one thing, a beautiful place for a stroll on the beach to blow away those cobwebs.

The town is set back above the beach on the cliff but don’t worry as there is an old funicular water balanced cliff lift to take you up (or down) for a quid if you can’t be bothered to make the short, but steep journey by foot.

But anyway, back to the beach. What I like about this beach is that providing you visit at the right time of year (avoiding school and bank holidays) there is a fabulous wild and desolate feel. From the long expanse of sand to the north stretching out towards the recently closed steelworks at Redcar in the distance, to the towering Huntcliffe off to the south of the town (take a stroll up the Cleveland Way for some fabulous views of the coast) it offers some fantastic panoramic views and some great opportunities for photography.

I made a decision that I would opt for some panoramic, wide angle shots focusing mainly on the pier for my project that day.

See the results below:

Saltburn Pier 1Saltburn Pier 2Saltburn Pier 3Saltburn Pier 4Saltburn Pier 5Saltburn Pier 6

If strolling isn’t your thing, this beach is also a haven for surfers. Ironically the surf was poor on the day I visited, but choose to visit another day and the icy cold water of the North Sea can be packed full of people trying to catch that next wave. And the next.

Oh, and there can also be horses. I managed to catch a great shot of two riders on a mostly fresh and deserted section of beach.

If you are ever in the North East, and heading to the coast, be sure to pop to Saltburn to have a wander. Grab an ice cream, a coffee or a pint and watch the world go by as it truly is a lovely little piece of Britain.

 

 

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