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Flamborough head is a tongue of chalk sticking out into the North sea. Flamborough head  has vertical chalk cliffs which are over 300ft high on the northern side at Bempton where there is an RSPB reserve. The Bempton reserve has the largest mainland colony of breeding gannets in England. There is  access down to the shore line at Thornwick Bay (it is a bit of a scramble direct from the cafe but there is an easier way at the very back of Big Thornwick), North Landing , Silex bay, South Landing, Danes Dyke and Sewerby steps. There are a few other places anglers climb down the cliffs with ropes to fish but these are dangerous and definitely not recommended. There is even one at Bempton, where the cliffs are over 300ft high!! Do not go looking for it!
You can walk all the way round the cliffs from Filey to Bridlington but it is a long walk. There are many places you cannot get along the shoreline even at low water. There are also plenty of places where you can get cut off as the tide comes in so if you venture onto the rocks make sure you know what the tide is doing and watch your escape route.

Flamborough head shoreline

Flamborough Bempton Cliffs
Bempton cliffs looking towards Flamborough Head

Starting from the Filey side of Flamborough the first place of interest is Bempton cliffs. The cliffs are over 300 ft high and vertical. At Bempton they fall straight into about 20ft of water even at low water.  They are slightly undercut in places and anglers actually fish off the top in winter. The cliffs are made of chalk and the sea erodes the bottom faster than the rain and frost erodes the top so they are undercut. It also means there are very occasional cliff falls when a section of cliff just drops into the sea in a massive cloud of white chalk dust.

You can get really close to all the sea birds . The gannets are especially impressive.

   Flamborough Head Bempton

Gannets at bempton

The next place is Thornwick Bay (little and big). This is accessed from the road down to North landing or just go down to North Landing and walk along the cliff top to it. It has a small cafe on the cliff top. Lots of rock ledges which many people fish off . The rocks are rough going both walking and for fishing.

                      North Landing
North Landing beach
                      North Landing 2
The boats at North landing
 North Landing has a very coarse beach (not quite sand ) and as its name implies there are still several fishing cobles here and they take both sight seeing trips and angling trips during the summer. Definitely the most interesting place on the coast for a short boat trip. The best fishing grounds are very close so it is a very short trip before you start fishing. There are cafes etc at the top of the cliff.
If you walk out onto the rocks at the entrance to the landing be careful not to get cut off by an incoming tide. Many people do and have to be guided off wading through the water.

Flamborough Silex bay
Silex bay from the cliff top

The walk from North landing along the cliff tops to Silex bay is probably the most popular section of the cliff top for a walk as you pass some amazing rock cliff scenery.
What you do not see are all the caves going into the base of the cliff.

Flamborough lighthouse is perched above Silex bay. It is a long walk down but there are are rock pools and a small gravely beach at the back
Lighthouse at Flamborough head
Flamborough South Landing
Flamborough South landing
A few boats still launch at South landing and the beach comes and goes a bit depending on the weather. The top part of the beach is chalk stones. There is walk around the valley trees and it is where Flamborough lifeboat is stationed.

 South Landing
                        FishingFishing at Flamborough South Landing

It was a very popular angling place even though the water is shallow. Anglers still try here occasionally for cod in winter and a rare bass in Summer. Many canoeists start there trip here. This side of Flamborough is away from the strongest currents and roughest seas as it is in Sheltered Bridlington bay

Further round into Bridlington bay there is access at Danes Dyke which has small sandy area like South landing and the valley that leads to the shoreline is heavily wooded so it is a pleasant walk down.

The last access point to the shore is Sewerby steps just before you get to Bridlington. these are steps straight down the cliffs. the shore line between Sewerby Steps and Danes Dyke is a no take marine conservation area. You are not allowed to take fish or shellfish