England Coast Path - Middlesbrough to Southbank

This urban section runs through the heart of industrial Middlesbrough starting at the dock and ending at the Imperial Park Anaerobic Plant. The section is short and can be combined with other sections of the England Coast Path or a visit to Middlesbrough town centre.

Technical sheet
No. 17711104
A Stockton-on-Tees walk posted on 06/12/21 by sarahhcfe. Update : 08/12/21
Calculated time Calculated time: 1h20[?]
Distance Distance : 4.5km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 7m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 6m
Highest point Highest point : 13m
Lowest point Lowest point : 3m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : No
Walking Walking
Location Location : Stockton-on-Tees
Starting point Starting point : N 54.578984° / W 1.234664°
Ending point Ending point : N 54.583991° / W 1.176305°
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(D) From Middlesbrough railway station/Zetland Car Park walk to Exchange Place road, walk under the railway bridge then turn right into Bridge Street East/Dock Street until you see Middlesbrough College in front of you.

(1) Walk to the college and when you reach it, continue to walk in an easterly direction between the main Middlesbrough College Building and the Stem Centre straight ahead until you reach the dock, where you will now be on the England Coast Path.

(2) Walk right around the dock until you reach The Halyard road, turn left for the lock. There is a nice view here across the dock to the Clock Tower and Transporter Bridge.
When you have finished at the lock, turn around and follow Shepherdson Way taking the ramp at the left-hand side of the road, this is clearly marked with the footpath sign, continue walking along the side of the Riverside Stadium following The Leeway then turn right at the end of the stadium still following the signs for Redcar.

(3) Cross the roundabout and then turn right to cross the railway lines. Do not cross if the lights are flashing as the barrier will be coming down soon. Wait until the train has passed and the lights stop flashing before you cross.
Turn left onto the footpath to your left before the Navigation Inn and follow the footpath which runs beside Ormesby Beck passing under the B1513 (Works road). Continue along this path which runs beside the railway line.

(4) You will see the A66 on your right which then veers off to the right to and you will be walking alongside a race track on your right and a footbridge to your left, continue straight on.

(5) You will then pass under Old Station Road Bridge, the railway still to your left and the large tanks of the Imperial Park Anaerobic Digestional Plant on the right.
Continue walking to South Bank Railway station to catch the train back to Middlesbrough. (A)

Waypoints :
D : km 0 - alt. 9m - Middlesbrough Town Centre (Railway Station)
1 : km 0.48 - alt. 7m - Middlesbrough College Building and the Stem Centre
2 : km 1.22 - alt. 5m - Dock Lock
3 : km 1.96 - alt. 5m - Navigation Inn
4 : km 3.36 - alt. 9m - Footbridge/Race Course
5 : km 3.79 - alt. 12m - Imperial Park
A : km 4.5 - alt. 10m - South Bank Railway Station

Useful Information

  • Transport: This walk starts at Middlesbrough Station and ends at South Bank Station. Park in Zetland Multi-story Car Park or the Station Car Park at Middlesbrough.
  • Facilities: There are toilets at Middlesbrough Railway Station and Zetland Multi-story Car Park. Refreshments can be taken at the Navigation Inn. There are no facilities at the South Bank station.
  • Accessibility: Parts of this walk are along dirt tracks and therefore not suitable for wheelchair users.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

  • Middlesbrough Docks
  • Riverside Stadium
  • If you have time to go into the town centre you can visit other attractions such as the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA), or a little further out, the Dorman Museum and Albert Park.

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