Flamborough lifeboat station (East Riding of Yorkshire)
Flamborough lifeboat station was established in 1871 but went through a major rebuild in the early 1990’s, with the station now operating an inshore lifeboat.
The station is open to the public during the summer and has a gift shop.
Originally Flamborough had two stations this one at South Landing and one at North Landing. This strategic positioning on either side of the Flamborough headland allowed launches regardless of the weather conditions. You can still see the de-commissioned station at North Landing.
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- South Landing beach is on the south side of the Flamborough Headland near Bridlington. South Landing beach is a curving sandy and pebble beach under cliffs. A great family beach where you can play traditional beach games, picnic and explore the rock pools. The surrounding woodland and Flamborough cliffs are great to explore and observe a wide selection of sea birds. Facilities include car parking and toilets.
- Danes Dyke is a beach near Flamborough, Bridlington. The beach sits at the end of Danes Dyke, a local Nature Reserve that takes its name from the ancient ditch and bank earthwork, which runs through the reserve. This is not just about the beach but some excellent walks through the woodland. If the tide is out the beach is flat and sandy, with like most beaches in the area a pebble and rock area closer to the cliffs. Access to the beach can be gained by walking from the Danes Dyke car park.
- A lighthouse was first established at Flamborough by Sir John Clayton in 1669, but was never kindled. The name Flamborough was first thought to be derived from it being the place of the flame, but in the domesday book the word is spelt “Flaneberg”, possibly from the Saxon “Flaen” meaning a dart, which the shape of the headland resembles/ The present lighthouse, designed by architect Samuel Wyatt, was built by John Matson of Bridlington in 1806 at a cost of £8,000. It was first lit on 1st December of that year. The original lighting apparatus was designed by George Robinson and consisted of a rotating vertical shaft to which was fixed twenty one parabolic reflectors, seven on each of the three sides of the frame. Red glass covered reflectors on each side, giving for the first time in lighthouse characteristics two white flashes followed by one red flash. This was an innovation quickly adopted elsewhere. The lighthouse was oil-burning, with an equivalent candle power of 13,860. Lighthouse has a visitor centre although opening times are restricted.
- Selwicks Bay is by Flamborough Head and has something to offer almost everyone. The beach is sand/gravel backed by high white chalk cliffs and at low tide, a long stretch of chalk platform is exposed containing lots of rock pools that offers great exploring opportunities. Like a lot of this coastal area, either side of the bay has caves and great care must be taken when undertaking any explorations away from the main beach area. This beach and the high cliffs around Flamborough Head are a great location for walking and birdwatching. Facilities at the beach include car park, toilets, cafe, gift shops and lighthouse with access down to the beach by wooden steps and chalk paths.
- North Landing beach at Flamborough near Bridlington is a small bay with a sandy beach with pebbles and rocks backed by cliffs. The beach is also known as Flamborough North beach and has a de-commissioned lifeboat station and slipway. A great family beach where you can relax and play on the sand, explore the rock pools or for the more energetic go for some excellent cliff walks. You also have nearby Thornwick Bay beach that is very similar. Facilities include cafe, bar, toilets, car parking and boat ramp.
- Thornwick Bay is a beautiful bay located on the Yorkshire Coastline at Flamborough Head near Bridlington. The bay does not have much sand and is a mix of shingle, pebbles and flint under some magnificent cliffs. You also have the smaller bay of Little Thornwick Bay and it is possible to walk between both beaches at low tide and a natural amphitheatre exists with many rock pools. The Flamborough headland around here is full of caves, the 3 largest are Smugglers Cave which is the largest on the East coast of England, Church Cave and Thornwick Cave. Although the beach has a spectacular and beautiful setting, many people visit not just for the beach and rock pools but to enjoy the cliff top walks, where you get to see the seabirds including Puffins, Guillemots and Kittiwakes. Fishing and scuba diving is popular in and around the bay, with maritime records showing 100s of wrecks within the bay area, although you need to be careful as you can have some strong currents. Thornwick Bay is reached from the cafe where you have the only facilities, parking and good food. You also have the large Hoseasons Thornwick Bay caravan park located on the headland.
- Flamborough Cliffs Nature Reserve, as part of Flamborough Head, is designated as a SSSI, a SAC and a SPA, and is also a part of the Flamborough Head Heritage Coast. Flamborough Cliffs is a coastal reserve, ranging from cliff top grassland and spectacular chalk cliffs to rocky shore and sandy beach. It is a wonderful reserve on which to see huge numbers of breeding seabirds, species rich grassland, farmland birds and a variety of invertebrates. For more information on Flamborough Cliffs see Yorkshire wildlife trust website The reserve is located north-west and south-east of North Landing, Flamborough, approximately four miles north east of Bridlington, East Yorkshire. Best place to park is at North Landing beach.
- Bridlington North Promenade stretches for 2 miles from the North Harbour Wall up to Limekiln Lane. Land train runs along the promenade. Facilities include car parking, cafe, shops, promenade, children’s paddling pool, deck chair/chalet hire and with lifeguards in summer in marked areas.
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- Thornwick Bay Holiday Village has great facilities, an indoor swimming pool with waterslide, and lots of other family activities:Indoor swimming pool with fun features and slide Adventure trail and play areas Lighthouse bar and restaurant with terrace Spectacular clifftop walks around the Flamborough headland Kite flying and bird watching sessions Family entertainment from the Thornwick Bay Theatre CompanyThe park has a range of modern, well-equipped caravans with a choice of layouts to suit every family and budget. These include Standard and Deluxe models which include extra features such as central heating, double glazing and a 32″ TV. Our newer Prestige models benefit from even more features, such as a dishwasher, 40″ TV in the lounge and a 22″ TV in the master bedroom. If you want something other than caravans then our comfort chalets are a great option.
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