A walk for nature lovers along a stunning stretch of Yorkshire coastline alive with the spectacle of half a million seabirds
DurationSingle Day Event
Difficulty Level2 Two
Jagged chalk cliffs, a drinking dinosaur, a lighthouse and thousands of birds who clearly don’t know how to get on with their neighbours if the squawking and raucous behaviour is anything to go by.
These are just some of the highlights on this 10 mile guided walk we have planned between Flamborough Head and Bempton Cliffs on Yorkshire’s stunning coastline.
Bempton Day Walk Dates
- Saturday 1st August
So first to the white lighthouse at Flamborough, our starting point for the day a short stroll from the ample pay and display car park where there are also toilets and a café.
From the lighthouse we make a beeline for the cliff tops where we can hang our noses over the edge to see the caves at High Stacks and the aptly named Drinking Dinosaur rock arch. If we’re lucky we might also glimpse a colony of seals.
Then we turn north and follow the headland, admiring the impressive 200-foot high white cliffs that give Dover a run for its money. On a bright sunny day the sea becomes turquoise and you could easily think you’re abroad.
Of course it’s hard not to notice the cacophony of sound that accompanies our every step and as you look across and down you’ll see the culprits; the hundreds of sea birds such as Gannets, Shags, Kittiwakes, Fulmars and Puffins that have colonised the cliffs.
The walking is easy, made even more so with the distraction of so many great views whether it’s seeing the distant shapes of Scarborough Castle and Whitby ahead of us or peering down the grass and chalk cliff sides and noticing delightful coves such as North Landing or Thornwick Bay
Around five miles along we reach Bempton Cliffs and the RSPB reserve which is home to the UK mainland’s largest colony of Gannets. Here we can spend time at the viewing platforms enjoying seeing these graceful birds dive and swoop. We might also see dolphins in the sea below.
Then we turn around and head back to Flamborough, retracing our outward route to make the most of the cliff views and the exhilaration of walking in such a great natural wildlife haven (we dismissed a circular walk on this occasion as the inland route is a little staid by comparison and we thought it would provide even more opportunities for spotting dolphins and other wildlife that you might not have seen on the outward journey).
Once back at Flamborough we dive into the café for an ice cream or other deserving treats before heading for home.
Good to know:
Please meet your guide at 10am in the main carp park for Flamborough Head Lighthouse
Flamborough Head Lighthouse
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What our members have to say...
My first Large Outdoors and (Ulster & the Giant's Causeway Walking Weekend) Irish experience was absolutely fantastic. Everything was organised perfectly and Gareth is a joy to be around. I loved every minute and will definitely book myself onto another trip. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocomeVanessaMember Since 2018
“I didn’t really know what to expect on my first ever walking holiday and wasn’t very prepared if truth be known – lesson to all read the essential kit list especially waterproofs! It was great fun and what a lovely group of supportive and encouraging people, especially Gareth who did a great job looking after us all. I must admit at times I found it a bit challenging but what a great sense of achievement when we reached the top of the mountains (hills) I will definitely do this again.ElizabethMember Since 2016
Well, for a non-walker it was certainly challenging but my word was it exhilarating! The feeling of achievement after every day, was just fabulous. The group we went with were all strangers on day one, but firm friends by the end of the week. The comradery on some of the tougher walks, helped me to the top…..and wow what views. Anyone thinking of doing it - don’t worry….just go for it!ClaireMember Since 2016