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Flamborough Lighthouse to North Landing

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Flamborough Lighthouse to North Landing

Your walk runs along the cliff top and you will enjoy views of many different bays and inlets. Many of the bays have names that reflect Viking influence; 'Stottle' is Icelandic for station and 'bink' is a shelf of rocks, whilst 'Sticks' reflects the Danish word 'Stakkr', meaning column of rock.

This section of the headland typifies the fight of the sea against the chalk coastline. The sea has eroded the land at its weakest points, forming headland, bays and inlets. Caves are regularly gouged out and then collapse to leave arches. When the arches collapse they leave behind sticks, or pillars, of chalk, which in turn are eroded. The chalk and boulders are finally reduced to grains of sand. The power of the sea is forever there, so respect it at all times.

The first headland you pass is Kindle Scar and the bay is Molk Hole. Past Stottle Bink is the inlet of Swimhaw Hole and Cradle Head beyond. Breil Head with the arch in the rocks is the next headland before you reach Breil Nook.

All of the cliffs are alive with the sights and sounds of nesting seabirds in spring and early summer. As always, you can stop to view them where and when you want to.

South Breil is the large bay and the large rock is Queen Rock. There used to be a King rock, but like the Adam rock at Selwicks Bay, it has withered away. Why is it that only the rocks with male names have eroded?

You pass two small bays alive with bird-life in spring and summer before reaching North Landing. On the opposite side of the bay you can see several caves and the massive cliff at Bempton.

At North Landing you can enjoy refreshments at the "Caravette" complex before walking back or using the regular bus service between the two points.

Distance in Miles 2

Distance in Kilometres 3

Features of Interest

Which is furthest from Flamborough Head: Lands End or John-o-Groats? Have a guess, and then look for an answer on the toposcope on the cliff top.

The toposcope was erected in 1959 to commemorate the battle off Flamborough Head in 1779 between the Royal Navy and the Americans.

Two English ships, the H.M.S. "Serapis', a 44-gun frigate, and H.M.S. "Countess of Scarborough", a 20-gun sloop, were escorting a convoy of 40 merchant ships sailing northwards. They were attacked by four American vessels under the command of John Paul Jones, the American privateer.

The beacon beyond the toposcope was erected in 1988. Like others across the country, it commemorates the beacons which were lit to give warning of the Spanish Armada some 400 years earlier.

Until a few years ago there was a Coastguard look-out at Breil Nook. A searchlight was lit by the Coastguard. As it shone on the clouds their height was calculated. Details of cloud height and wind speeds were passed to the Bracknell Weather Centre for use in calculations for the weather forecast. Did they have a bit of seaweed on the door just to make sure?

Also at Breil Nook is a ditch and bank, believed to be defence works from a time when the headland was a "fort" of some kind. For who, and for what reason, the works were built remains one of the headland's mysteries.

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