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Flamborough Head

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Published November 3rd 2016
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By areadeandavid - Flickr: Cliffs at Flamborough Head, CC BY 2.0,

Flamborough Head is situated on Yorkshires east coast between Filey and Bridlington, it boasts white chalk cliffs which thrust out into the North Sea by approximately 6 miles.

The origin of Flamborough Head is shrouded in mystery, arrowheads and flints found around the village and shore point to either Bronze or Stone age. The name Flamborough derives from the Anglo Saxon word 'Flaem' meaning arrowhead.

The coastline is a great base for birdwatchers, boasting many species of sea birds which use the cliffs as nesting sites. It's also a popular destination with hikers and water sport specialists, in particular, sea canoeists, who enjoy nothing more than a canoe ride around the bay. It's also home to a scenic nature reserve and two ancient lighthouses. The oldest of the two lighthouses dates from 1660 and was designated a Grade 2 listed building in 1952 and Flamborough Head lighthouse dates from 1806.

We arrived one day completely by accident after looking for Danes Dyke beach to take our dog for a walk. Unfortunately, there were many steps down to the beach but it was completely worth it. The beach was gorgeous with loads of caves and rock pools to explore, the kids and the dog loved it.

The beach was very rocky so not an ideal location for picnics, but after whiling away a couple of hours on the beach, we walked back up the million steps (slight exaggeration) and went to see what joys the small gift shop sold. It sold the usual beach toys, kites and knick-knacks.

Of course, after walking up and down all those steps you will probably be hungry - thankfuly, there is a lovely cafe at the top of the cliff selling hot drinks, fish and chips and ice creams.
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Why? Its gorgeous scenery is breathtaking
Where: Flamborough
Cost: Free
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