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Saltburn Cliff Lift, Saltburn-by-the-Sea
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The Saltburn Cliff Lift is a funicular railway located in Saltburn-by-the-Sea, Redcar and Cleveland and the ceremonial county of North Yorkshire, England. It is the oldest operating water-balance cliff lift in the United Kingdom.Cliff hoist 1870–1883The Stockton and Darlington Railway arrived in Saltburn from Redcar on 17 August 1861, prompting a growth in day and holiday travellers. Like many seaside resorts, this created a local business initiative, resulting in various pieces of construction, including the Saltburn Pier completed in 1869. Access to the pier from the town via the steep cliff top was difficult, so a solution was sought.The Saltburn Pier company contracted John Anderson to engineer a solution, which was the wooden Cliff Hoist. Allowing up to 20 people to be placed in a wooden cage and then lowered by rope to beach level, it opened on 1 July 1870, some 14 months after the opening of the pier. Approaching the hoist from the town by a narrow walkway, the passengers then descended 120ft, after water had been added to or taken away from a counterbalance tank.Cliff lift 1884–presentAfter the pier company was sold to the Middlesbrough Estate in August 1883, the new owners had the Cliff Hoist inspected by independent engineers, who condemned it due to numerous rotten timbers. The Cliff Hoist was therefore demolished in late 1883.
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  • A wonderful example of victorian engineering and an effortless fun way of travelling up and down the cliff face. Fun friendly staff 
  • This attraction is very old being the oldest water balanced cliff lift in the world (original operation started 1870). Built because the climb back up to the town centre is hard for those of senior ye...  more »
  • Lovely lift and certainly better than walking up the hill! Saltburn town is worth a visit, with some interesting shops and buildings. 
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  • Excellent service, friendly staff and very cheap. It is a wonderful piece of engineering and great that it is still serving the people live in and visit Saltburn.
  • Beautiful place. Mini golf, ice creams and delicious fish and chips.
  • My Wife and I called here on our wedding day, fabulous photos ensued! The staff were great, and allowed us to ride one way for free! ;-)
  • An amazing piece of history plus a fun way of going to the top of the hill
  • Quirky small town with a lot of history and nice fish and chips