Saturday, January 12, 2019
from MIDDLESBROUGH MAGIC SHIP 107 (the flyer/circular)
From Magic Ship flyer/circular:- Ever the adventurous child, following my star Aquarius, I was able - as an adult - to inform many fellow Saltburners of what they were unaware, via my community magazine, Saltburn Scene. You can mount Huntcliff, and walk along the top to where a Roman fort had once stood, by climbing the footpath behind The Ship (Inn) where the King-of-Smugglers once was landlord, and passing behind the old coastguard cottages. You can also walk along the rocky foot of Huntcliff (check high and low tide times first) till you come to skinningrove and its legend of a captured merman. The car park by Cat Nab and miniature railway in Saltburn was once a boating lake. Where the rail is situated now was once a donkey field. Donkey rides were given on the beach. A residential fairground complete with a gypsy fortune teller stood on the seafront. The half-penny Bridge spanning the valley, over the beck, no more exists, come twilight bats may be seen winging in circles by the beck, or burn, from which Saltburn gets its name. Along the lower promenade in the opposite direction to The Ship (Inn) if you walk far enough you'll come to Hazel wood. Witches used hazel wands in folklore. This wood leads to the old caravan site the back way. The miniature rail leads to the Valley Garden. Above the Valley Garden is a path leading to Fairy Glen and through the deeper Rifts Wood. At the end of Rifts Wood is a path which gives a spectacular view of the Victorian Viaduct, and a path to the right which brings you back into the town's Marske Mill Lane or alternatively Victoria Terrace and Victoria Road leading to Glenside, where I used to live, before moving to York and then Bangkok and Pattaya in Thailand. Some of these areas have since been signposted and there are information postings now, also. Saltburn Scene got around, even overseas, and attracted celebs and film makers. Paul McCarntney of the Beatles and of Wings was given a copy on the Mull of Kintyre. I later met him and he said he liked my article on the Victorian pier and piece on the woodland 'jenny wren'. Prolific poet, Captain Mark.