After A Day At Scarborough on Friday, we headed along the coast road until we reached Flamborough Head, an eight mile long promontory between the bays of Filey and Bridlington. I remember visiting as a child and we took Daniel and Eleanor when they were young but haven't been since. It was quite late in the day by now so the lighthouse was closed, but during opening hours, visitors are able to take a tour of this working lighthouse and climb the 119 stairs to the top of the building. It had been quite hazy all day and the fog horn was sounding.
The original Chalk Tower lighthouse at Flamborough Head was built in 1669 by Sir John Clayton and is one of the oldest surviving lighthouses in England.
The decision to build the current lighthouse was made in 1806. It was designed by Samuel Wyatt and built by John Matson of Bridlington at a cost of £8000.
There's a fabulous view overlooking the chalk cliffs, which provide a nesting site for many seabirds including Gannets, Kittiwakes and Atlantic Puffins. There are some wooden steps down the cliffs which you can use to reach Selwicks Bay below but I gave that a miss, I don't have a head for heights at the best of times and climbing down chalk cliffs is definitely not for me.
On the north side of the headland is Bempton Cliffs which has an RSPB reserve and visitors centre. They have Puffin Patrols between April and July where you can wander along the cliff tops with a guide learning all about these birds and hopefully see a few of them too. It sounds like a fun day out.
There's plenty of seating areas on the cliff tops and a restaurant and cafe next to the lighthouse which I was pleased to see is dog friendly. There's also an ice cream kiosk and gift shop. It's a shame the wind had got up by this time as it would have been nice to relax on the benches looking out to sea, but we'd have been in danger of being blown over the edge. We'll just have to return another day.