We’ve been out and about in the North East with our Luxe Q30 motor. Here’s the first of our road trips:

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Pick a sunny day and there’s no nicer spot to sit back and watch the waves. It’s a surfer’s paradise too if you’re the type to don a wetsuit and grab your board.

There’s a massive big-walk beach made for wellies or bare feet. Or, make a trek up the mighty Huntcliffe for really impressive coastal views of the mighty river mouth at the Tees, aka Steel River.

Saltburn is a cool and creative kind of place which is really making its mark as a place to visit and be welcomed. There are some lovely independent shops and quirky places to eat and drink.

Eat at:

Seaview café right by the water’s edge. Extremely good ‘proper’ fish and chips in the surroundings of a cute retro café.

The Sitting Room – Just by the railway station, a place to sip on craft gins and good coffee, eat hearty cakes and gutsy lunches. Arty, easy-going surroundings and a friendly crowd.

Real Meals Deli – In Milton Street, this place is a haven of good food. We had freshly caught crab with salad on the Friday we visited and it was lovely –  a mighty whole dressed crab, yum. A lot of food love oozing from this place.

Shopped at: 

Check our Lillian Daph for cool interiors stuff and gifts –a Scandi vibe – and lovely fresh blooms at weekends. You won’t (shouldn’t) go home empty handed.

Cute little shop called Hygge near the station. Full of Scandi-inspired goodness – from artisan coffee to candles and cushions with neat prints. Stock is made by owner Alix and her creative family.

Strolled to:

Tricky to step away from the great beach and the cliff walks but you can also find a bit of Victorian splendour in the Valley Gardens which offer up magical woodlands, tearoom, a miniature railway, formal gardens and plenty of space to run free

Parked up at:

Park up with a great view at Marine Parade – from here you can easily walk into the town centre or take the unique cliff lift down to the pier.

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