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Flamborough Head – Britain’s northern chalk sea cliff

Flamborough Head is situated just north of Bridlington on the East coast of Yorkshire. The only chalk cliffs of northern Britain, this Jurassic, natural sea wall contrasting greatly with the geology more norm to the area to the north and south. The white chalk cliffs create a rustic charm that is the home and breeding ground for an abundance of wildlife. It is reported to be one of the most important colonies of sea birds in Europe.

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Walks along the cliff tops give a generous view of the layered rock which have been carved out by rough seas, storms and time. There are caves, coves and arches along this remarkable coastline with its breathtaking panoramic views.

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The North Landing pictured here was once the lifeboat station (now situated on the South Landing) and the hub of a small fishing industry, but now, with boats sat peacefully watching the tides ebb and flow ,it is a haven of peace, tranquility.

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The lighthouse sits proudly watching over the waters and keeping the mariners safe from the protruding cliffs since 1806. This is open to visitors at various times throughout the year. There is  the older tower which is only a short distance away and was built in 1669. It is now a grade 2 listed building and is the oldest surviving complete lighthouse tower in Britain. This lighthouse was never lit however, but it has witnessed the battle between an American continental navy squadron and two British escort vessels there in 1779 during the American War of Independence.

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Flamborough has something special to offer everyone, especially wildlife enthusiasts and those who seek tranquility and simply appreciate natures raw beauty.

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Written by Dawn Stubbs

Hi All, I am a Nurse by profession and a keen hiker, traveler and photography novice in my spare time. I am also Mum to two daughters and have grandchildren to keep me busy and young at heart!

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  1. Nice feature article on a place I can relate to, we have a holiday caravan pitched in Filey which is close by. I’d also recommend the nearby Bempton Cliffs which is a fabulous spot for seeing bird wildlife and also dramatic cliffs like this.

    Wrap up warm as the weather is very changeable.

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