A local walk around the area providing lovely scenery and gentle exercise.
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This walk combines a pleasant cliff top walk with a stroll along some field headlands and some minor roads.
Start/finish: Flamborough Village or South Landing
Length type: Medium
Length miles (kilometres): 4 (6)
OS Explorer map: 301
Car Parking: South Landing
Toilets: Flamborough, North Landing.
Refreshments: Several pubs in Flamborough Village
You may either walk down to South Landing itself, or walk eastwards from the car park and then southwards to the cliff top. The South Sea Plantation is an important nesting site for migrating birds so please keep your dog, and young children, under control. Although normally quiet, you may sometimes catch sight of that frequent animal known as the 'twitcher', more commonly known as the birdwatcher. When a rare bird is sighted, the 'twitcher' travels from all parts of Britain to view it. For example, in 1991, three rare birds were spotted. One was a 5'' Desert Warbler, a native of the Middle and Far East. Only six have ever been officially recorded in Britain. At about the same time, a dark brown Dusty Warbler was seen at Danes Dyke and a Siberian Chat was seen near the lighthouse. The result was an influx of 'twitchers' armed with cameras and binoculars all trying to spot one of the elusive little birds.
From South Landing, follow the cliff top path with its fine views towards Bridlington and over Bridlington Bay and cross two ravines to Old Fall, the name given to the section of the cliff. As always, stop if you want to admire the view, or just to try and identify some of the wild flowers. At Old Fall, follow the field headland path past Old Fall Plantation. Both the plantation and the old hedgerow are especially important resting places for migratory birds.
In the fields to the east was a tumulus, or burial mound on Crossbow Hill. Unfortunately this 5000 year old mound had no legal protection and has, like many others, been ploughed out.
Upon reaching the road, you may walk to the lighthouse area for refreshments or to view Selwicks Bay. (Bus service back to Flamborough if required) or, just stroll along the footway by the roadside. To the north, the caravan site at Thornwick Bay and the 'Caravelle' complex at North Landing can be seen. This is a very windswept part of the headland and the most visible signs are strangely bent bushes and trees. At Flamborough, follow the signs back to South Landing
Along the road to Flamborough, look at the fields for signs of the medieval ridge and furrow farming technique. This dates from the time when the fields around this part of Flamborough were farmed in the old open field strip system where each man would have a number of strips to work in different vast fields. The modern field layout is the result of the Inclosure Awards of the 1700's where land was given in blocks proportionate to how many strips a man had.
You can also see that the village of Flamborough is situated in a natural hollow, sheltering from the cold northerly winds.
At Flamborough, you'll pass Mereside and North Mere Green. Until 1938, this was a large mere, or pond, and children sailed their boats on it in summer and skated on it in winter. The donkeys used for hauling the fish catch up the slope at North Landing were grazed here after it was filled.
Every fisherman had one, making about 100 at the village and two old men tended them, paying one shilling a week to have their donkey cared for all year long. Grass verges were also used around the village.
Today, once a year, it holds the village fair and a joyous place it is to be.
Folk and accents mingle, old friends are found and the years gossip duly swapped. It's a way of life all villages had at one time, Flamborough still has.
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