The North East England doesn’t get too much praise from its English regional neighbours as a place to visit on holidays or for a short break. However, the traditional soul of Teesside and surrounding areas has plenty on offer to surprise and attract the most seasoned of travellers and tourists. Full of local pride and English values, Teesside and its spots offer beautiful days out, both exhilarating, challenging and down right peaceful.
Good old Saltburn is an alternative spice to Teesside’s traditional hot spots. It has breezy salt air that sits around the coastal area from the outstretched beach and hanging cliff tops. Sunsets are beautiful here for a bit of downtime, perhaps from a day of surfing the breaks in the sea or cooling off from a hot day in July. Bring some portable music and red wine from a bag to watch the sun set over the Pier and Sea.
Getting excited? Rent some surfboards from Saltburn Surf School if you have already hit the waves a few times before. Be ready for them though, as these isn’t no warm Californian breaks. These waves are cold so get a wetsuit aswell whilst you are there.
Head down to the Seaview Restaurant for scampi and chips, then to watch the sunset at the still standing Victorian North East Coast Pier.
Although this isn’t actually officially Teesside, more so the North Yorks, this ‘absolute gem’ of a town boasts historical environs, couped by Richmond Falls, a small swimming-hole like spot to enjoy during the sun shining days. The falls lies below the above historic town, almost being towered over by. It may be cold water throughout but who cares, take a dip and get involved. Not many outsiders will know about this place, re-discovery is what its all about!
Before you get to the falls, check out Richmond’s Old Railway Station, now just named ‘The Station’. This multi complex of food, film and art has something on all the time for everybody and is worth a visit for the venue alone.
Forest-in-Teesdale – High Force Waterfall
This is your place to take a picnic and marvel in this dramatic, 70ft waterfall drop. It surprisingly is one of the biggest single drop waterfalls in England, even though rumours state it is the largest drop, it isn’t, but it still reeks of awesomeness. However this natural water flowing machine isn’t a huge tourist spot for anyone other than Northerners and locals to the area. I mean, go there, sun or rain, and get away from it all. Take some nibbles, some beers and embrace the surroundings.
If you want to camp out near these mammoth falls, Hillcrest Park offers some alternatives. The cool way to camp is by camping pods, which are close by to the waterfall by drive. Check them out for a cool unique stay out in wonderful Northern outdoors. Warm and cosy and perfect for a chill night in but out!
If you want scenery, this is scenery. If you want something which basically shows you what Northern England is, forget the Big Ben,-Red Double Decker Bus-Black Taxi-Southern-London-England representations, Roseberry Topping is England, and English countryside at its finest. It isn’t the highest hike you’ll do, but its fair and will get you walking and to feel part of its creation. A Sunday morning trip up would be easy just before you tuck into your weekly Sunday Roast. Even take a tent and camp nearby to live a life of adventure. If this autumn coloured mount doesn’t embroil you, especially with Teesside and North Yorkshire moors at your mercy, well this beautiful kind of trip isn’t for you. But we think it is.
The Treebridge hotel is pricey but offers a great view of Roseberry Topping view. Maybe stay here the night before walking to the top. This hotel is family owned with a more personal feel and made with ivy covered stone. Perfect for a nice getaway and bit of an adventure too.
Ok, maybe pushing the area of Teesside slightly over the line again, but Whitby is cute and majestic to head over for a nice cosy weekend. Fish & Chips will be some of the best you’ve tasted in the whole of the UK, followed by windy, cobbled streets, unusual shops and plenty of things to do. Dracula tours exist here both on the streets and in venues. The ever-romantic split bridge will break for bigger boats to pass whilst you watch eating a stick of sweet tasting rock. Perhaps visit with company or a small group of friends for a chilled weekend. You’ll want to fight over who drives the way, as the route into Whitby from Teesside is quite the backcountry road ride.
Enjoy the well renowned and always busy fish and chip restaurant called Magpies. Book ahead but it’s one on the bucket lists of Whitby. Or take the popular Whitby Walk in Search of Dracula. Lots normally attend and you get to feel Whitby from the inside out.
Tees Transporter Bridge
The Teesside landmark echoes these parts history, full of honest, steel and industrial times. It stands out proud and pleasant more than anything other in Teesside. It is officially the longest remaining transporter bridge left in the world. The ‘Tranny’ as it’s nicknamed is still in function too, crossing across vehicles from one side to another across the Tees. One of them impressive statures that you look from below and just become in awe of it’s size and sheer strength. Also, if you want to go crazy, and fancy a bit of extreme play, you can bungie jump off now. Don’t be eating too many local Teesside Chicken ‘Parmo’ Parmesans before you do though!
Want to try your luck? Fancy doing something different? Want it to be an iconic place? No better in the UK than the Tees Transporter Bridge. One of a kind nowadays given the decrease in British made iconic structures.