A walk around the headland of Flamborough Head. The lighthouse provides the focal point. However a good path keeps to the cliff edges providing a refreshing walk particularly on a windy day.
I first visited Flamborough Head on a murky day in March and immediately regretted the decision to visit this spectacular spot in such dodgy weather. Having said that it was an invigorating experience. Flamborough Head has some of the most spectacular chalk cliffs on the Yorkshire Coast with rock pools and small rocky beaches a magnet for visitors.
In anticipation of ‘the Head’ I approached it from the south shores. The wonderful cliffs and view over to the (new) lighthouse ensuring it was full of interest. The lighthouse was built in 1806 to replace the old, the remains which can be seen nearby. The cliff side walking is even better to the north where it passes the golf course. However the memory I took away from the walk was the many thousands of sea birds that dominate both your eyes and ears. It is a famous land fall on the gannets migration south and on a quiet (people wise) spring day gave the walk much needed personality and enjoyment. Bempton Cliffs reserve is very nearby and recognized to be the best i the country for sea birds.
Research the headland before taking your walk. Their are ancient settlements, naval battles with the Americans, 200,000 sea birds and wonderful chalk cliffs. In addition is the two lighthouses, old and new.
Any coastal walk means you are unlikely to ever stray far from the route. The biggest challenge is to pick your way through the streets of Flamborough itself. In this case walk north along the main street and where the road bends right a signed footpath carries straight on.
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