For centuries it was a huddle of fisherman's cottages and haunt of smugglers nestling on the North Yorkshire coast. Yet in only a few years Victorian entrepreneurs transformed humble Saltburn into Saltburn by the Sea, the last word in northern seaside chic.
Today, Saltburn is at a crossroads, reinventing itself as a leisure destination for the 21st century, a haven for artists and walkers, surfers, cyclists, and lovers of the Great British seaside. The town retains much of its triumphant Victorian architecture, notably its pier and unique cliff funicular. But its history goes back to Roman times and the establishment of a signalling station on the south end of the great sweep of beach that is today a magnet for surfers.
This is a coast steeped in 18th century smuggling folklore. It was the discovery of iron ore that transformed the region and Saltburn into a seaside resort for an emerging monied class. Today, the town is being rediscovered by a new generation of long weekenders drawn by the range of activities, eateries, the coastal walked, fossil-rich cliffs and timeless seascapes.