Flamborough Head from Flamborough

Flamborough Head in the East Riding of Yorkshire is one the great coastal features of the British Isles. In late spring the area is also well known for its abundant birdlife. With the North Yorks Moors so near it is easy to be a bit dismissive about East Yorkshire but a walk around Flamborough Head should serve to demonstrate that parts of this coast are as fine as anything further north.

Technical sheet
No. 293023
A Flamborough walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 22/09/16
Calculated time Calculated time: 4h50[?]
Distance Distance : 9.68mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 417ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 407ft
Highest point Highest point : 210ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 26ft
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Flamborough
Starting point Starting point : N 54.11684° / W 0.12475°
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(D)Park in Flamborough on Chapel Street (grid ref TA227706) where there is plenty of on road parking and the luxury of public toilets too. Walk south down Tower Street, then follow the main route out westwards on Church Street and then Bridlington Road. At Water Lane turn off left then take the fenced path off as the road bends round to the left - it is signed to Dane's Dyke. The path meets the corner of the Needles Plantation where a path is signed through the trees to the Dane's Dyke nature reserve.

(1)After half a mile in the trees you come to a fork in the paths and it is worth taking the right hand one down, then over the dyke on the footbridge. It gives some feel for the extent of this defensive dyke that stretches from coast to coast across the Head. Take the path to the left then rather than going to the parking/café keep on downhill to the beach. There are views eastwards along the cliffs and westwards to Bridlington.

(2)Retrace your steps then take the steps up the cliffs on your right. From here it is 7 miles around the headland with some great sights on the way round - South Landing, Cough Hole, the Fog Signal Station and Lighthouse, Breil Nook, North Landing and Thornwick Bay. If you go in late spring or early summer the bird displays and noise is stunning.

(3)After you have passed the Thornwick Bay café and continued west of the holiday/caravan park there is a path signed inland before Close Nooks which follows the fence next to the holiday park all the way back to Woodcock Road and then Chapel Street.(A)

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 154ft - Chapel Street
1 : mi 0.75 - alt. 154ft - Continue through Needles Plantation
2 : mi 1.37 - alt. 75ft - Continue eastward around headland
3 : mi 8.39 - alt. 154ft - Follow path inland
D/A : mi 9.68 - alt. 154ft - Chapel Street

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Opinions and comments


Global average : 4.67/5
Number of opinions : 2
Description quality : 5/5
Routemap quality : 5/5
Walk interest : 4/5

on Mon 14 Oct 2019 09:12:53 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 12/10/19
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Beautiful walk around Flamborough Head.
Glorious views of the cliffs and sea
Little in the way of birdlife but it was mid October!
Thoroughly enjoyed it

on Mon 31 Dec 2018 19:46:48 CET

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 30/12/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Average

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