I discovered Saltholme by accident online and couldn't believe I lived only a few miles away from this huge RSPB wetland and could have a free day out as a pensioner using my bus pass. As there is only a car parking charge entry (£3.00)for me it was free and reception were only too willing to provide a map and advised not to be too ambitious on my first visit, as there are 400 hectares to be discovered.
Saltholme is a wildlife reserve and discovery park in the heart of the heavily industrialised Tees Estuary and has a state-of-the-art visitor centre, including a shop and a cafe with an outside terrace which I had to try with a welcome coffee and cake.
I first made for a bird watching area and enjoyed the company of a school group, who like me were facinated at the different birds we could see. I continued to follow the route set out, along the way reading the information advising what to look for. The weather was pleasant for a countryside walk in industrial Teesside and I decided I definitely would be returning. There are numerous facilities for schools and families as well as the serious bird watcher,. A most delightful fiind.
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