Flamborough Walk - July 8th

Posted 8/7/2018

DVWG's 2018/19 season started with a last minute change of plan to our advertised walk and resulted in a seaside trip for our group

DVWG set off today in readiness to complete a 12 mile stretch of the Yorkshire Wolds Way from South Cave to Towthorpe, however due to the warm weather, injuries and other commitments our numbers for the walk were somewhat depleted.

Upon meeting up its fair to say our party were somewhat apprehensive about the walk ahead and it’s possible effects, we discussed several alternatives. The outcome of this discussion was to continue our journey from Towthorpe to the east coast and enjoy a day at the seaside walking the Flamborough coast path.

After taking our journey to the coast we commenced our walk from the car park on South Landing passing through the adjacent country park and out onto the cliff tops. From the south side of this pretty village we could see some great views of Bridlington in the summer sunshine.

Our walk continued along the headlands and headed to Flamborough Lighthouse and took the opportunity to take a refreshment stop at the adjacent café.

After taking a refreshment stop we continued onwards along the cliffs alongside the golf course, walking a mile or so to North Landing. Here we got a brilliant view of Flamborough Old Lighthouse, built in 1674 and is the oldest surviving lighthouse in the UK. The building is obviously a listed building and somewhat of a curiosity, as it is stated that the building was never used.

North Landing in Flamborough is a wonderful place at any time of the year, however today the bay was full of holidaymakers and day trippers simply basking in the hot July sun.

After a short lunch break overlooking North Landing our party continued along the cliffs towards Thornwick Bay, the most beautiful of Flamborough’s coves which is adjacent to the holiday park which bears the same name.

Anyone attempting this walk should be cautious on the path between North Landing and Thornwick Bay. Here the path is badly eroded and there are several diversions in place, which should be strictly adhered to for safety reasons.

After passing Thornwick Bay the cliffs ascend steeply towards Gull Nook. It was just before here where our party said goodbye to the cliffs and the sea and turned inland to head back into the village and complete our circuit of the village.

We walked a long footpath from the cliff tops along the side of Thornwick Bay Holiday Park, which emerged in the middle of the village after passing Grange Farm.

A short walk into the village centre led us to Dog & Duck Square where our party, now somewhat weary stopped off for a drink in this welcoming Yorkshire coast hostelry.

After our refreshment break we took the short walk back through the village to South Landing where we completed our walk and our circuit of this wonderful village.

Well done to everyone who completed this 8.6 miles walk in one of Yorkshire’s finest locations, particularly as the temperature reached 28 Celsius.

In general Flamborough is always worth a visit, the cliff walk is wonderful in any season with each cove being more beautiful than the last and the walk at 8.6 miles is well within most people’s capabilities and is very easy to navigate. For the more energetic people the walk can easily be extended to increase the mileage too either by starting from Danes Dyke, (mentioned in the Domesday Book) or extending the walk onto Bempton Cliffs where Puffins can usually be seen roosting.