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South Landing Trail

Distance in Miles: 1 - Distance in Kilometres: 1.6

Location: Outskirts of Bridlington.- Circular Route: Yes - Grade: Notice: Undefined variable: record in /home/sites/4b/4/4af2cde633/public_html/listings/walks_detail.php on line 731 - Walk Type: Coast and Beach Walks - OS Explorer Map: 301
Car Parking Facility: South Landing - Refreshments: None - Public Conveniences: Flamborough, North Landing
Start Point: South Landing car park - End Point: South Landing car park
Towns & Villages: Flamborough, Marton and Sewerby
Start Easting: 523,039.00 - Start Northing: 469,498.00
End Easting: 523,039.00 - End Northing: 469,498.00

Accessibility Information:
This route:-
Contains some gentle slopes.
Does not contain barriers.


Cross the bridge and follow the track between the woodland and meadow.

This is a good place for watching butterflies as the 'edges' between different habitats often support lots of species.

At the cliff top, there is a magnificent view over Bridlington Bay. How far can you see along the coast?

You return to the car park along a winding track past what used to be the 'Timoneer Hotel'.

It was once Cliff House Farm, built in 1865 by the Duke of Norfolk for a son who died before it was completed.

To the right of the entrance is a whale's jawbone, one of a pair that once formed an arch to the garden and a reminder that large whales are still spotted off this coast.

Flamborough had a significant port from the early 14th to the late 16th century. A wooden pier was mentioned in 1400 when Robert Constable left £40 for its maintenance. However, it is not mentioned after 1569. Its most famous visitor was in August 1561 when two ships anchored close to the pier.

They flew two flags; one was blue with the Arms of France and the other silver-white. On board was Mary Stuart sailing from France to claim the crown of Scotland.

 In later years many coal-carrying ships unloaded at South Landing to avoid paying the port tax at Bridlington. Flamborough fishermen had boats at North and South Landing, and depending on the tides and winds would sail from the more sheltered one. Both Landings had a lifeboat, and the first one to South Landing came in 1871.

The various boats saved over 108 lives before it closed in 1938.
Seaplanes were also launched from here during the First World War and the concrete base can still be seen.

In February 1992, a 70-feet Fin Whale was washed up on the beach near to Sewerby.

All large whales are uncommon but it's quite common to see porpoises (a type of small whale) and seals around the headland. It is interesting to note that under Anglo-Saxon law, any place where a whale was washed ashore could be named a port...the port of Sewerby, anyone?


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 Download

Map and information courtesy of East Riding of Yorkshire County Council

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