From the car park, walk down the slope to the foreshore.
You should spot fishing and pleasure craft, as well as the local lifeboat keeping the waters safe. Along the cliff top, enjoy the view over Bridlington Bay, and your walk to Beacon Hill.
The rich history of the bay is left at Beacon Hill as you walk along a path, then track, to Flamborough Village.
Have a stroll along the old lanes to the church, which is well worth a visit.
Enjoy your wander round Flamborough before returning to South Landing.
The South Landing area was designated a Local Nature Reserve in spring 2002.
Not all that long ago, local fishermen had boats at North and South Landings and sailed from either, depending on winds and tides. Both had lifeboats but the one at South Landing ceased to exist in 1938. The first boat at South Landing was the "St. Michael's Paddington" and was 33 feet long by 8 feet wide. This open boat had 10 oarsmen, 2 coxswain and a bowman. It also needed up to a dozen men to launch it and haul it back again. This was replaced by the "Mathew Middlewood" which saved over 100 lives and then, in 1933, by the "Hannah MacDonald".
South Landing was a port in medieval times, and in l537 the Duke of Norfolk informed Thomas Cromwell it was safer than Bridlington. In 1544 Henry VIII mounted his Scottish Expedition from here. The tonnage of ships from Flamborough was 140 tons, only 20 tons less than those from Bridlington.
Bridlington Bay once saw Roman Galleys, Angle Invaders and Viking longboats. Lookouts on the hill also watched for "visits" by the Spanish with their Armada. The American privateer John Paul Jones sailed past and Dutch privateers were often seen daily, harrying the boats in the bay. In 1666, three Dutch Warships attempted a landing but were driven off when every gun and musket was brought to bear.
Whilst exploring the old lanes of Flamborough you will find the village's oldest house, "Ogle's Cottage". John Ogle helped the local fishermen in their dispute about paying tithes. Up to the dissolution in 1537, tithes were paid by fishermen to the church for its upkeep and to help the poor.
After dissolution, the Crown granted tithes to various people who could sell them. John Ogle appealed on behalf of the fishermen to this unjust practice and a compromise was reached.
Unfortunately, John died in London after catching gaol fever, which apparently lots of people caught after attending a court of law! His body was brought back in a cobble by a man named Cross, a name common in Flamborough today.
The map below shows the route for this walk however you can view or download the map as an A4 pdf file from the link below
Map and information courtesy of East Riding of Yorkshire County Council
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