The English coastline can boast some fantastic walks, and one of the many stand-outs in Yorkshire is the cliffs of Flamborough. You can enter this part of coastline from various points, and you can walk right from the North Landing to the Lighthouse at the head by following a single long track.
Expect to see sheer white cliffs and a wealth of local wildlife, including a number of sea birds such as gulls and puffins, and if you’re lucky, even the occasional seal.
While the Lighthouse is nice, the North Landing a bit further North has more about it, offering multiple walks down dirt tracks overlooking the open sea. On a reasonable day you can stroll along taking in the fresh salt air, listening to the crashing waves on the rocks below and the various calls of the many birds that nest within the cliffs.
There are also plenty of benches and open areas around, so taking a picnic is a must providing it’s not hammering it down with rain. Parts of the walk can be incredibly muddy and steep when slippery, so bear this in mind and prepare accordingly. You won’t look out of place in your wellies!
There’s something so calming and invigorating about the coast, and birdwatchers and photographers will have a field day, but it’s also suitable for families (providing children are well supervised), and while the walks leave you at the mercy of the natural elements, at the car parks you will find toilets and cafes to save you, offering the best of both worlds.
TOP TIP: If you’re planning a visit, be sure to check the tides before you go. If you hit high tide you only have access to the clifftops, whereas when the tide is out you can take in some gorgeous scenery right up close to the action, with access to the rocky beaches and small caves below.
What else is nearby?
- The seaside town of Bridlington
- Bempton Cliffs
- Sewerby Hall and Gardens