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Flamborough Village - Bempton Cliffs - Flamborough - Challenging

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Flamborough Village - Bempton Cliffs - Flamborough - Challenging

Your walk begins at Woodcock Road, Flamborough, and follows various field headlands past Sixpenny Hill Plantation to the point called North Cliff (a path called 'Rotherams' locally).

If you have a head for heights your walk will be a rewarding experience. This area of the headland lacks people but you won't be alone, for all along the cliffs thousands of sea birds swirl and dive in every direction. The cliffs themselves are packed with nesting birds in spring and summer.

The view is over Filey Bay with its Brigg jutting a mile out to sea. Look beyond Filey for a magnificent sight: Scarborough Castle and the high cliffs leading to Whitby.

You pass Gull Nook and White Corner before reaching the northern end of Danes Dyke. It is here that you can clearly see the manmade ditch and adjacent earthwork. It is home to many birds and mammals but there are no Public Rights of Way along it. Continue along the cliffs. The large flat rock visible at low tide is known as Billiard Table where a submarine was once wrecked.

Pass the Blacksmiths Shop, Wandale Nab, Pig Trough and Little Dor to Scale Nab. The Nab has a large arch at the foot of it and a colony of gannets nesting on top of it.

A freshwater spring runs into the small bay called Old Dor. Rock doves live in the caves and crannies at the foot of the cliff and drink and preen themselves in the spring. 

You pass Mazy Shelves and Old Roll Up to reach R.S.P.B. viewing areas. 

Here you will find barriers which allow you to watch the birds on the cliffs in safety. 

Follow the path to the R.S.P.B. information centre, which sells books and leaflets on the cliff's birds and is well worth a visit.

If you follow the road into Bempton village you can enjoy refreshments at the local inn or tea shop. 

Alternatively, follow the two tracks and then a road to return to Flamborough. If you do follow the tracks watch out for the 'bump' in the field to the north (Metlow Hill, on which once an Iron Age burial mound - or 'tumulus' - once stood).

Please take care when walking along the B1229 which can be a busy road.

Features of Interest

Facts about the birds which you may see on your walk:-

You will see more kittiwakes than any other type of bird.

Each bird has its own nest site: gannets nest on the big ledges, guillemots on the long narrow ones, kittiwakes on small, short ledges, razorbills in small crevices and puffins in the deepest crevices.

Besides the 33 species that breed regularly, 160 species have been recorded at the RSPB reserve since the land was purchased by the charity in 1971.

From the footpath you will spot many of the 220+ species of flowering plants which have been recorded on the reserve. You may also spot stoats, weasels and hares, along with 15 species of butterfly and 12 species of bumblebee.

This route:-
Contains some gentle slopes.
Contains a mixture of stiles and gates.
Crosses at least one road. The B1229 may be busy.
Contains some uneven surfaces.

Additional Information
St Oswald's Church in Flamborough contains the tomb of Sir Marmaduke Constable with a rhyming inscription. Note the fishy weather vane.

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