Oh I do like to be beside the seaside!

Saltburn Parking by the Sea

Nestled under the street light and CCTV in operation – very safe location

November 23rd to 25th 2012: An ‘out of the blue’ weekend escape as Annie played truant from her work being given some last minute time off.  Everything locked and loaded we headed off to Saltburn by the Sea where we believed we could camp overnight in the car park.  We arrived around 8pm and the car park was completely deserted so we were able to position ourselves in two car parking spaces with direct access to the exit so we wouldn’t be worried about being able to get away in the morning. There are no apparent restrictions on overnight parking, the only negative sign being a weight restriction in the car park of 2 tons which we studiously ignored.  Car parking charges stop at 6pm and we popped money in the machine for two tickets for the next morning (one for each space so we could stay till 11).  It is £4 for a whole day (£8 if you take up two spaces).  A local told us that the parking warden was keen as mustard on times but happy if you paid for both spaces.

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Woke up to a beautiful morning, great views and even some unexpected entertainment.  It’s a very short walk to the very long pier, chatting along the way with friendly locals.  Saltburn even has a fernicular railway (not many people know that).  On returning to the motorhome we discovered an assembled choir and the odd dignitary there to unveil a mosaic (due to planning regs it had to be put on the side of a toilet – don’t you love councils?).  Short speech and an unveiling and we had our picture taken by the local newspaper with the mosaic.  Fame at last!  We will definitely return to Saltburn with grandchildren another day.  Great spot.

Long walk off a long plank!

Mosaic on Toilet Wall Saltburn

Quick cup of tea and then onward to Alnwick where we had tickets to see Big Trouble at Little Rock at the theatre.  Free overnight parking again courtesy of Alnwick council just adjacent to the castle and gardens.  The theatre advertising said it was a new musical with Western songs and plenty of jokes – and it was only £8 a ticket.  What it didn’t say was that it was performed by children aged 6 to 16 who weren’t great at singing and shall we say lacked comic timing – they did know their words  though!  We absented ourselves at the interval and enjoyed a short walk round town to review their Christmas lights which were pretty good.  Overnighted in the motorhome bays immediately adjacent to the Alnwick Castle and Gardens entrance – quiet as you like.

The following morning straight off to Alnmouth where the waves were crashing in and apart from a few dog walkers we were all alone by the sea.  Definitely one of my favourite places and we just rested all day long before heading home in the evening via a fish and chip shop to round off the weekend.  The parking right next to the beach is to be found on the other side of the golf course – you can’t miss it.

All in all, heaven!
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Wet and Windy but beautiful Alnmouth

 

 

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2 Responses to Oh I do like to be beside the seaside!

  1. Kate January 30, 2018 at 11:14 pm #

    Hello! I just stumbled across your blog (5 years too late) and my friend and I are thinking of kipping in the car park at saltburn like you did, (albeit in a Ford estate 🙁 ) do you know if this is still ok? Thanks 🙂

    • ceejayt January 31, 2018 at 5:24 pm #

      Sorry, haven’t been there since this blog post

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