From Roader's Digest: The SABRE Wiki
|From:||Hartington Interchange, Middlesbrough (NZ488205)|
|Length:||9.3 miles (15 km)|
|Meets:||A66, B1272, A1046, A1185, B1277, B1276, A689|
|Hartlepool • Middlesbrough •|
|Route outline (key)|
Middlesbrough - Hartlepool
The A178 starts on the A66 in Middlesbrough before crossing the River Tees via the transporter bridge. It's surrounded by sheds and factories which dwarf the small row of terraces on your left as you head out of town. The whole area is a salt marsh and mixes heavy and petrochemical industry with bird watchers. At the first roundabout, Seal Sands industrial area is off to your right, and the left turn is the A1185 back to the A19. Going straight on there is very little of interest unless you are a twitcher, and at the next roundabout you can turn into more heavy industry.
We carry straight on into the village of Seaton Carew where the road parallels the sea and runs along that god-forsaken shoreline right up to Hartlepool dock where it terminates at the harbour. There's a tea clipper ship to look at in the harbour, its probably the most interesting thing you will have seen in the last nine miles which is the approx total length of the A178.
Original Author(s): Lonewolf