- Middlesbrough and Teesside
Ach it’s not that bad – they’ve made a massive effort to bring sum cultcha to the area recently. Also, the steel works is back up and running (albeit in reduced capacity) so you’re less likely to be mugged by a huge, unemployed metal-worker.
Good riding very nearby too! I’m just up the road (between Durham and Sunderland) so give me a shout if you want a tour of the local singletrack.Posted 7 years agoversesSubscriber
Lived there for 3 years in the mid-late 90s so it’s possibly changed a bit since then.
At the time the worst area was Grange Town over to the east, and I was always advised to avoid going north of the train station too.
I lived pretty centrally and while living there I personally had no bother what-so-ever although I know a few people who did.
Having said that, there was the time that me and a mate were on the way back from a club at 2am and were confronted by a bloke brandishing an axe in a park. He asked to scrounge a fag, then politely refused my mate’s last one before asking if we’d seen the bloke who’d punched his g/f in the stomach causing her to miscarry…Posted 7 years agoCregMember
Is it Wilton you are working at?
Redcar is nearby, but its a dive. Saltburn isn’t as bad, but still bad. Guisborough is OK-ish. Central Middlesbrough offers very cheap accomodation, some of the lowest rent rates in the country but it’s the only positive about the place. Avoid areas like South Bank, Eston, Gresham, Winnybanks, Grove Hill, Easterside and Saltersgill if you want a quiet life.
As others have said loads of decent riding to be had (Guisborough, Dalby, NYM). Excellent surfing and kitesurfing in the area (if that is your thing or you want to give it a try) and some good walking as well.Posted 7 years ago
I lived there back in the early 90’s and in 3 years nothing bad happened…….apart from being threatened with a knife twice, and shot at by some scroat with an air rifle!
Most depressing place I have EVER been.
Saw a drive by shooting with a shotgun. Only shot out somebody’s front windows though. The police repsonse was funny. A little panda car drove past then raced off again without stopping.
Stabbings, bottling, glassings, endless fights, quite a good gang battle in a nightclub (metal barstool is better than a broken glass by the way), the blood in the stairway was impressive. The bouncers had been lobbing fire extinguisher at people (Centrefolds if you remember it). A full on riot (or week of), cars being petrol bombed, cars being turned upside down (with people in them once). The younguns building a bonfire on top of a gas main was impressive. Then lobbing bricks at the fire brigade. An alsation trained to fetch bricks being lobbed through car windows was a comic highlight.
A mate was attacked. He got away but the lad he was with ended up in a coma. These were meathead boro bouncers set upon by a gang of kids so being a hardman didn’t help!
Lee Duffy was killed 100yds from my house.
I used to train in the same gym as Big Brian (Cockerill). Nice guy. Very big… blue all over. I saw him on Macintyre’s Underworld a couple of years ago.
The guy on the door of the gym was shot in the forehead with an airgun. Quite funny. Well, the bandage was.
I had a car and two motorbikes knicked (my next door neighbour’s brother nicked one of the bikes – she told me in a “he’s a bit of a character” kind of way).
There was rarely a dull day 😆Posted 7 years agoneil853Subscriber
Boro not that bad, but then i’m from up the road. Typical student nightlife whicj IHO is good.
Some really good riding nearby and there a good esablished club there now called Guisborough MTB which could show you some routes. Also worth checking out Westbrook cycles in Stokesly (excellent shop that still still gets some of my trade even though i like in Lancs now!).
Places to live though i’d look at Guisborough, Great Ayton, Stokesley, Marton, Nunthorpe or even Ingleby Baaaaaaaaaaaaawick (thats how its pronounced 😆
If you’re there for that long surely worth looking at a short term let?Posted 7 years ago
Hey, leave Ingleby alone!!! Great place!! 😉
Neil is spot on, basically the North Rocks!
I’ve been to far worse places, London / Nottingham / Manchester & thats just naming a few!
5thElefant – You mean just like most places in the UK then plus Duffy was a drug dealing bully but messed with the wrong person. Them people deserved everything they get in my book!Posted 7 years ago
5thElefant – You mean just like most places in the UK then
No, it really isn’t. I’m sure there are other places just as bad, but it’s not most by a long, long way.
plus Duffy was a drug dealing bully but messed with the wrong person. Them people deserved everything they get in my book!
That’s not what happened. But yes, someone was going to get him eventually.Posted 7 years agoPippalargeSubscriber
Check out mtbguisborough.ning.com for riding.
I moved here from outside the area a few years back – grown to love it but avoid the boro at all costs.
I’m in Saltburn which is spot on: no trouble, by the sea, half decent pubs / restaurants and a 45min ride up to the moors. Also only 10 mins by car to Wilton if that’s where you’re going to be. Mail in profile if you want to be shown around the trails.Posted 7 years ago
Yea the short term let Vs hotel needs discussion/argument with my boss, they prefer Hotels as they dont have to give any notice and can move people about easier, but people sometimes end up living from a suitcase for 8+ months and more importantly I’d be without a bike!Posted 7 years agostevehineMember
It’s not that bad up here – I moved to the (relatively) rural bit after 8 years in Manchester; and whilst there’s good and bad aspects to both areas; I wouldn’t dream of going back to urban life…
anyhoo – If you are working short term at Wilton site (and presumably mid week; therefore not interested in night life) I’d find a hotel over Guisborough way; that way you get riding from your door and Wilton is only 5 minutes away over the other side of Eston Nab.
I’m sure there are a few of us who could show you round the riding that’s to be had in the area. Send me an e-mail if you need any other info or if there’s anything you want me to find out …Posted 7 years ago
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