Two connected beauty spots in the Calder Valley both owned and managed by the National Trust offer up some fantastic possibilities for exploration. A wooded valley oasis in the heart of the Yorkshire moors.
Amazing things to see & do at Flamborough Head
Why Flamborough Head
It’s always great to get out to the British coast. There are many amazing things to see & do at Flamborough head. When the weather is good and the sun is shinning theres no better place to be. The area around Flamborough Head has some spectacular coastline, limestone cliffs hidden cloves and wildlife which makes this an exceptional place to come for a day out even a little longer.
Where is it & how to get there
Flamborough Head is a promontory situated on the Yorkshire north sea coast between Bridlington and Scarborough. The easiest way to reach the area is by road. You can get to bridlington by train from most towns in the UK and then by bus from there to Flamborough Head. We travelled by car from our home in Lancashire this took about two and a half hours. It is within a one and a half hour drive of Hull, York and Leeds. It’s just under a three hour drive from Manchester.
What to see and do
There are plenty of amazing things to see & do at Flamborough head if you you love the outdoors. It is a paradise for nature lovers and walkers; just the views alone along the chalk cliffs make it well worth a visit. The wildlife is spectacular with the chance to see soaring Gannets, nesting Puffins, Fulmers, Guillemots and Razorbills on the cliffs. In the sea if you are lucky you may spot basking Seals and Porpoise swimming. There are beaches to relax on, rock pools and caves to explore and a couple of lighthouses too. Don’t forget your beach wear, walking shoes and a camera.
When to visit
The best time to visit if you want to see the Puffins will be late May and June as this is when they nest. The rest of the wildlife can be usually be seen May until early September. Try and pick a dry sunny day if you can it’s a lot more enjoyable day out on a nice day and you’ll see a lot more.
Thornwick Bay & Little Thornwick Bay
There are four beaches on flambourogh Head; South landing, North landing, Selwick bay (Flamborough head) and Thornwick Bay. We started our walk from the carpark at Thornwick bay. Before walking along the cliffs to bempton we explored the bay. It’s a quite steep walk down and once you get to the beach itself there’s not a lot of sand, more rocks and shingle and rock pools.
Thornwick Nab is an out crop of rock on one side of the bay with an arch in the cliffs. On the other side of the bay the cliffs have been worn by the waves into a series of shallow caves. To continue the walk we climbed the steep path over the nab and round Little Thornwick Bay and onto the cliffs beyond the holiday park.
Bempton cliffs are quite spectacular, they rise straight out of the sea to a height of over three hundred feet at the highest points. In some places the cliffs are covered in nesting sea birds including about 11,000 pairs of gannets one of Britains biggest and most spectacular sea bird. With a total of up to 200,000 nesting birds.
Its roughly a five Kilometre walk to the visitors centre run by the RSPB. Along the cliffs there are wooden observation platforms where you can look down on to the nesting sea birds. In breeding season it is an amazing sight and the noise is almost deafening. If your there at the right time of year (May and June) you may be able to spot a few Puffins nesting on the cliffs. There are usually some RSPB guides there to point them out. If you’re not an RSPB member then you are expected to pay at the visitor centre but there are no gates or fences.
The cinder track is a disused railway line that runs for twenty one miles between Scarborough and Whitby. The line it’s self was in use between 1885 and 1965. Its called the cinder track due to the cinders that where used as ballast to run the rails on.