Flamborough Village - Bempton Cliffs
A local walk around the area providing lovely scenery and gentle exercise.
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Flamborough Village - Bempton Cliffs - Flamborough
Field edge, cliff top and minor roads.
Start/finish: Woodcock road, Flamborough.
Length type: Medium
Length miles (kilometres): 7 (11)
OS Explorer map: 301
Car Parking: Flamborough Village (Roadside) and Bempton Cliffs
Toilets: Flamborough North Landing, RSPB Centre (When open)
Refreshments: Pub and tea shop in Bempton Village. Several pubs in Flamborough Village.
The start of the walk is from Woodcock Road, Flamborough and follows various field headlands past Sixpenny Hill Plantation to the point known as North Cliff, a path known locally as 'Rotherams". For those with a head for heights, it's a rewarding walk. 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 and the cliffs themselves are packed with nesting birds in spring and summer. Kittiwakes, Puffins, Guillemots, Razorbills can be seen and at Bempton, are joined by the Gannet. The Kittiwake is the most numerous.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 deeper ones.
Besides the 33 species that breed regularly, 160 species have been recorded at the RSPB reserve since 1971, when the land was purchased.
Just for the record, and to keep you busy, over 220 species of flowering plants have been recorded on the reserve and most can be seen from the footpath. Stoats, weasels and hares can sometimes be seen, as can some 15 species of butterfly and 12 species of bumblebees. It all adds up to an interesting little walk.
The view is over Filey Bay with its Brigg jutting a mile out to sea and beyond, Scarborough Castle and the high cliffs towards Whitby can be seen. It's a spectacular sight.
Gull Nook and White Corner are passed before the northern end of Danes Dyke is reached and it is here that you can clearly see the man made ditch and adjacent earthwork. It's 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. Blacksmiths Shop, Wandale Nab, Pig Trough and Little Dor are passed to Scale Nab which has a large arch at the foot of it and a colony of gannets nest on top of it. The small bay is Old Dor into which a freshwater spring runs. Rock Doves live in the caves and crannies at the foot of the cliff and drink and preen themselves in the spring.
Mazy Shelves and Old Roll Up are passed to the R.S.P.B. viewing areas where barriers have been erected to watch the birds on the cliffs.
Follow the path to the R.S.P.B. information centre, which sells books and leaflets on the bird-life on the cliffs and is well worth a visit. Follow the road into Bempton Village where refreshment can be had at the local inn or tea shop, or follow the two tracks and then road to return to Flamborough if you do follow the lanes, look out for a 'bump' in the field to the north. This is Metlow Hill on which stood an Iron Age burial mound or tumulus.
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