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The Heritage Coast

Lots to visit on the Heritage Coast

One thing for sure, East Yorkshire's coastline deserves more than a flying visit. There are so many things to see and places to go that perhaps you need a flight plan!

The sharp scent of salt in the air coupled with the excitement of exploring caves and coves which are the legacy of marauding Danes that's the real hidden treasure of a seaside holiday.

The Heritage Coast around Flamborough is breathtaking and an adventurer's playground. Towering cliffs twice the height of York Minster are the home of thousands of seabirds and provide a majestic back-cloth to coves and shores.

Flamborough Head

is the most northerly outcrop of chalk in Europe, famous for its sheer cliffs, beautiful views and scenic village, while in summer the nearby Bempton Cliffs are home to over 200,000 sea birds. Flamborough has been internationally recognised as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC).

Why not visit the Heritage Coast Information Centre before setting out for unspoiled Flamborough Head, where you can walk the cliff top, enjoy a trip in a fishing Coble - the name for the boats that ply their trade around the headland or watch the seabirds dive from the high cliffs into the sea to catch fish for their daily meal.

Spurn Point

stretches southwards for approximately three and a half miles into the mouth of the Humber Estuary, with sandy beaches and the North Sea on its eastern side, and areas of saltmarsh and extensive mudflats which attract thousands of birds, on its western side. Spurn has been nationally identified as a National Nature Reserve (NNR).

Both of these areas have also been designated national Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) and Geological Conservation Review (GCRs) Sites and internationally as a Special Protection Area (SPA).

As well as scenic views and important wildlife habitats the East Riding Heritage Coast offers historic links to our Maritime past, which are important in preserving the region's cultural heritage, and are popular attractions for tourists and locals alike.

RSPB Reserve at Bempton

The RSPB Reserve at Bempton is a must for bird lovers. Huge numbers of seabirds colonise the chalk cliffs, including magnificent puffins, kittiwakes, guillemots and England's largest gannet colony, you will find more information on the reserve in our menu on the left.

Danes Dyke

is a defensive earthwork believed to have been built in the Iron Age when Flint weapons kept invaders at bay. The earthworks bank is some 20 feet high and two and a half miles long running across Flamborough Head from one cliff to another built to protect settlements on the headland.

Natural England awards the Heritage Coast designation to stretches of beautiful, undeveloped coastline, which are managed to conserve their natural beauty and, where appropriate, to improve accessibility for visitors.

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