Explore from the Kings Head Inn

Guisborough Priory

Open 10am-4pm, Wednesday to Sunday, from April until October

Guisborough Priory is a ruined Augustinian priory in nearby town of Guisborough in the borough of Redcar and Cleveland.

The ruins of this priory in the Tees valley are dominated by the dramatic skeleton of the 14th century church's east end, an outstanding example of early Gothic architecture.

One of the first Augustinian priories to be built in England, Guisborough was founded by the Bruce family, ancestors of Robert the Bruce, King of Scotland. The canons rebuilt their church no fewer than three times, and what survives gives us a tantalising glimpse of the priory's former riches.



Throughout the year

Just 10 miles to the West of The King’s Head lies the beautiful market town of Yarm which is famous for many things including ‘The Best High Street in Britain Award’ as voted for by the BBC breakfast viewers. Yarm is renowned the world over for being a chic, classy and cosmopolitan town which is crammed full of wonderful ‘boutique’ style designer shops.

Full of history and with the river Tees flowing through it, Yarm stands out as one of the most outstanding scenic towns within the region. With a large variety of things to see and beautiful landmarks including Yarm viaduct and Yarm’s 18th century town hall, there is plenty to feast your eyes on here.

A remarkable feat of engineering, Yarm Viaduct provides the perfect backdrop to this lovely Yorkshire town. It cost just £44,500 to build in 1848 and is 760 yards long. It was built to extend the Leeds and Thirsk Railway from Northallerton to Stockton and Hartlepool. With the river Tees following under it, this viaduct took a staggering seven and a half million bricks to build.

Saltburn-by-the-Sea and Cliff Lift

Open everyday 11am to 5:30pm.

Saltburn-by-the-Sea is a picturesque Victorian seaside resort that offers visitors beautiful gardens set amongst preserved woodland, long stretches of sandy beach and rugged sea cliffs. It is also home to the oldest remaining water balanced cliff lift in Britain as well as a miniature railway and the magnificent Victorian pleasure pier. The town is on the Cleveland Way and just south of the town is the large Hunt Cliff.

Opened in 1884 to replace an earlier vertical hoist the lift is probably the oldest of its type still operating. The two cars, each fitted with a 1000 gallon water tank, run on parallel tracks. The car at the top of the 71% incline has it’s tank filled with water until it overbalances the weight of the car 120ft below and gently descends while the lower car ascends. When the car reaches the bottom its water is re-pumped to the top and the process begins all over again. The cars are controlled by a brakeman at the top. The 10-12 seater cars were rebuilt to the original Victorian design for the Saltburn 150 celebrations in 2011.

Single fare or one way only:
Adults - £1.00
Children (aged 3 – 16) - 50p
Children aged under 3 - free
Over 60 - 50p
Disabled - free

Captain Cook Country

This land of contrasts stretches from the historic port of Whitby, with its ancient clifftop abbey, north along miles of unspoiled rugged coastline to the seaside resorts of Saltburn and Redcar and onto the Tees River and Cook’s birthplace at Marton in Middlesbrough.

Inland across the dramatic North York Moors Captain Cook Country takes in quiet market towns and peaceful villages leading back to Whitby along the valley of the River Esk.

Follow in the footsteps of the young James Cook and take in the visual splendour of the beautiful and often breathtaking North Yorkshire and Cleveland coast and countryside along the Cook Country Tour.

The Cook Country Tour starts at the award-winning Captain Cook Birthplace Museum in Marton where the latest computer technology is used to tell Cook's story, his naval career, voyages of discovery and his world-wide influence.

The small town of Great Ayton has spacious greens alongside the river Leven and is the place where James Cook attended school, paid for by his father's employer Thomas Scottowe. Here he learned the basics of mathematics which would enable him to learn the navigation skills he became famous for later in life.

The school is now the Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum, celebrating his life in the locality. Elsewhere in the village is the old All Saints Parish Church,where the Cook family regularly worshipped. In the graveyard are the graves of his mother and five of his brothers and sisters. Full trail here.

Guisborough Forest and Walkway

A gateway to the North York Moors, Guisborough Forest and Walkway is situated at the northern edge of the National Park. It's a mosaic of thriving habitats, with woodlands, wetlands and grassland, and is home to many different plants and animals.With an orienteering course,

The King's Head Inn provides the perfect accommodation to enjoy the orienteering course, trimtrail, sculpture trail and play areas. If you climb the heights of Highcliff Nab or Hanging Stone on a fine day you will be rewarded by fantastic views over Teeside and the coast.

The Cleveland Way

Throughout the year

The Cleveland Way is a National Trail in ancient Cleveland in northern England.

The trail runs across the top of Roseberry Topping and Highcliffe Nab, which both offer superb views.

The full route runs 110 miles between Helmsley and the Brigg at Filey, skirting the North York Moors National Park. If you can't decide whether you prefer dramatic coastline or heather moorland then the 110 mile long Cleveland Way is your perfect trail. With fabulous views, castles, ancient stone crosses and fishing villages tucked into tiny coves it has the lot.

The Cleveland Way follows a horseshoe line of great variety around much of the beautiful North York Moors National Park. Starting from the attractive market town of Helmsley it heads across the inspirational, and sometimes vibrant heather Moorland of the North York Moors, before reaching the coast at Saltburn. From here it’s a visual feast along the dramatic North Yorkshire coastline to Filey, passing old fishing villages and lively coastal towns. Along the way there is a wealth of history and heritage to enjoy. Helmsley Castle, Rievaulx Abbey, Mount Grace Priory, Gisborough Priory, Whitby Abbey and Scarborough Castle to name just a few special sites.

Find out more at http://www.nationaltrail.co.uk/cleveland-way

Esk Valley Railway

Trains operate daily April to early November

From the heart of Middlesbrough to the historic seaside town of Whitby, passing through the North York Moors National Park and serving 16 stations along the route, including Great Ayton just 1 mile from The King's Head Inn.

The Esk Valley Railway connects the rural communities in the North Yorkshire Moors with the city of Middlesbrough and the historic seaside town of Whitby. The railway also offers an enjoyable, environmentally-friendly and stress-free way to view and explore this magnificent landscape and lovely villages.

“Away from the packed commuter routes and main intercities, the backwaters of our national rail network harbour some of the most beautiful rides in the world.

“Leaving Teesside, the train chugs out across the North York Moors … along the leafy valley through Danby, Egton and Lealholm – surely the prettiest village in Yorkshire – to Whitby's bracing sea air, fine Georgiana and looming Gothic church. This is England's green and pleasant land, writ large over 36miles ... it will make you sigh”
The Sunday Times

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North York Moors National Park

Throughout the year

The King's Head Inn is located on the edge of the North York Moors - a national park in North Yorkshire, containing one of the largest expanses of heather moorland in the United Kingdom. 

The North York Moors is a pretty special place. History and nature have combined to create an amazingly vibrant landscape, rich in heritage and wildlife – from the wonder of ancient trees to the wild birds of prey.

Roseberry Topping

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Roseberry Topping is a distinctive and iconic landmark with fine views across North Yorkshire and Cleveland.

At just 1,049 feet (320 m) high, Roseberry Topping may not be the biggest hill you'll ever see, but it will certainly be one of the most distinctive. Its shape, caused by the combination of a geological fault and a mining collapse in 1912 has made the hill the most beloved landmark in the Tees Valley area. With its half-cone summit and jagged cliff, some say it reminds them of the Matterhorn in Switzerland.

While many visitors come to conquer the hill, there's plenty more to do besides with a fantastic array of habitats to discover. Explore bluebell woods, heather moorland, the open expanses of Roseberry Common and a long abandoned quarry.


RSPB Saltholme, near Middlesbrough

Throughout the year

RSPN Saltholme offers big skies, fantastic wildlife and a friendly welcome in the heart of Teesside against a backdrop of the Transport Bridge. The King's Head Inn is the perfect bed and breakfast accommodation for you to enjoy the family-friendly wetlands with four wildlife viewing hides, along with viewing screens and the viewing gallery in the visitor centre, to help you get closer to the wildlife that calls Saltholme home.