About Saltburn Beach

Despite the freezing winter weather, Saltburn Beach was one of the first outposts of surfing on England's east coast and has developed into one of the UK's real wave-riding hubs. The beach is a fairly average proposition, with the occasional quality sandbar forming close to the pier. To the south sits a sand and cobblestone break called Penny's Hole with some lovely lefts and rights. At the far southern end, beneath the towering cliff, is Saltburn Point, a high quality slabstone reef that wakes occasionally in the lined up swells, throwing out fast, reeling righthanders.

Source: Saltburn Beach Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv

Good for all, beginners stick close to pier.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

General relaxed vibe with the numerous regulars in the line-up.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Popular spot with locals and travelling surfers, crowded when good.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Nice vibe and camaraderie adds to fun of surfing here. Walling waves popular with longboarders.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Fine generally, hard work when big.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Better than it was.

Additional Information


Rips when big, still some pollution issues.


Beachside car park by surf shop.

Bring Your

Shortboard, funboard, longboard, fish


Sand, cobbles, rock point.

Best Season

September - November.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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