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Flamborough Headlands Attractions

Posted on October 26, 2010 by lward

Dating back to the Middle Stone Age Period (c. 10 000 – 4 000 BC), some parts of the Flamborough Headland have been in human occupation and have become an attraction of the area due to the fascinating archaeology and landscape.

Dane’s Dyke


The area considered the most visually attractive is Dane’s Dyke, which research suggests, dates back as early as the Neolithic or New Stone Age (c. 4,000 – 2,200 BC). Dane’s Dyke is a huge ditch and bank earthwork, that runs 4km across the length of the headland, from the north of the head at Bempton cliffs to the south, down to the beach. It is believed that the earthwork was built as a defense feature, effectively cutting off 13 square km of the peninsula, turning it into a fortified area, which would have contained all the resources needed to support a community of the size.


  • The village name Flamborough has been interpreted to mean either ‘the fortification on the promontory’ or ‘Flein’s (a Danish personal name) fortification’.
  • Over 800 prehistoric flint artefacts have been discovered, inclucing - axe heads, arrowheads, scrapers, and worked flint flakes – and several fragments of pottery scattered throughout the bank.


  • Nature trails easily accessed from the car park.
  • Wide range of wildlife, especially breeding and wintering birds.
  • Excellent site for bird watchers.
  • Pebble beach
  • Chalk cliffs
  • Wonderful views of Bridlington Bay


From Bridlington take the B1255 to Flamborough. A local bus service is also available.

As Dane’s  Dyke is a National Reserve, be prepared to pay a small charge for parking.



Anyone who has set eyes upon Flamborough head will have no doubt have seen the lighthouse.

The ‘New’ Lighthouse

  • Was built in 1806.
  • To protect ships approaching Flamborough Head.
  • It stands 85 feet tall on top of a 170 foot high chalk cliff.

The ‘Old Beacon’ light tower

  • Dates from circa 1674.
  • Stands 79 feet high.
  • Oldest surviving complete lighthouse in England.
  • Only known example in England at the time.
  • Believed to lure ships to shore as 174 ships were wrecked in the area between 1770 – 1806.


From Flamborough Village, follow the B1259, signposted to the lighthouse.

North Landing



  • Sandy beach
  • Picturesque bay for birdwatching
  • Cliff walks to lighthouse & Thornwick Bay
  • Chalk cliffs
  • Caves
  • Bar & Cafe


From Flamborough Village, take the B1255 road, signposted to North Landing.

South Landing



  • South Landing Local Nature Reserve 
  • Sculpture trail
  • Boathouse cafe
  • Picnic areas


Take the B1255 on the way into Flamborough Village, follow the signs to South Landing.

Thornwick Bay



  • Big Thornwick Bay & Little Thornwick Bay
  • Rock pools to explore
  • Smuggler’s Cave
  • Beautiful scenery
  • Cliff walk to North Landing
  • Crosslands Cafe


From Flamborough Village, take the B1255 on North Marine Road, signposted to North Landing. The turn off is on the left about 3/4 mile from the village. 

Pictures will be added once we get some sun!

Click here if you are interested in finding out more about local walks.

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