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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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  • Lovely way to get down to the pier. very knowledgeable staff who explained how it worked and the history behind it and the local area  more »
  • Fabulously nostalgic, takes you to how the Victorians must have enjoyed the beach, and the prom. Really well kept and the staff are so polite.  more »
  • Easy way to access the beach but get there before 18.00 in June, as it shuts early and there are 100 steps to climb  more »
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  • Nice beach, quiet great fish and chip shop and resteraunt I would recommend. The cliff tram way is great.
  • Lovely little seaside town it always seems windy more than anywhere else but still made a good day.
  • Great little tram operated by friendly and helpful staff. Great views from the top!
  • Quaint and beautifully restored well worth the pence to ride and gives wonderful views
  • Always fun to walk down and then take the graceful easy way up the cliff at Saltburn

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