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Bridlington Area Walks

The table below contains information on all walks centred in the bridlington area. Click on any walk's name or reference code to see more details on the walk, including photos and a route map.

 

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E18 - South Landing Trail
Summary
Walk Name
South Landing Trail
Ref
E18
Follow this trail to the east of a deep natural gully and see migrating birds sheltering from strong sea winds and feeding.
Details
Circular Walk
Yes
Grade
Easy
Walk Type
  • Coast and Beach Walks
Ordnance Survey Explorer Map
301
Car Parking Facility
South Landing
Refreshments
None
Public Conveniences
Flamborough, North Landing
Distance
Distance (Miles)
1
Distance (Kilometres)
1.6
Lengthened Distance (Miles)
1
Shortened Distance (Miles)
1
Description
  • Cross the bridge and follow the track between the woodland and meadow.  This is a good place for watching butterflies as the 'edges' between different habitats often support lots of species.
  • At the cliff top, there is a magnificent view over Bridlington Bay.  How far can you see along the coast?   
  • You return to the car park along a winding track past what used to be the 'Timoneer Hotel'.  It was once Cliff House Farm, built in 1865 by the Duke of Norfolk for a son who died before it was completed.  To the right of the entrance is a whale's jawbone, one of a pair that once formed an arch to the garden and a reminder that large whales are still spotted off this coast.
Map(s)
Location
Start Point
South Landing car park
End Point
South Landing car park
Towns & Villages
Flamborough, Marton and Sewerby
ParishFlamborough
Start Easting
523,039.00
Start Northing
469,498.00
End Easting
523,039.00
End Northing
469,498.00
Further Information
Features of Interest
-  Flamborough had a significant port from the early 14th to the late 16th century.  A wooden pier was mentioned in 1400 when Robert Constable left £40 for its maintenance.  However, it is not mentioned after 1569.  Its most famous visitor was in August 1561 when two ships anchored close to the pier.  They flew two flags; one was blue with the Arms of France and the other silver-white.  On board was Mary Stuart sailing from France to claim the crown of Scotland.   
 
-  In later years many coal-carrying ships unloaded at South Landing to avoid paying the port tax at Bridlington.  Flamborough fishermen had boats at North and South Landing, and depending on the tides and winds would sail from the more sheltered one.  Both Landings had a lifeboat, and the first one to South Landing came in 1871.  The various boats saved over 108 lives before it closed in 1938.   
Seaplanes were also launched from here during the First World War and the concrete base can still be seen. 
 
-  In February 1992, a 70-feet Fin Whale was washed up on the beach near to Sewerby.  All large whales are uncommon but it's quite common to see porpoises (a type of small whale) and seals around the headland.  It is interesting to note that under Anglo-Saxon law, any place where a whale was washed ashore could be named a port...the port of Sewerby, anyone? 
Accessibility Information
This route:- 
 
-  contains some gentle slopes. 
 
-  does not contain barriers. 
Additional Information
-  The bird feeding area near the picnic/parking site is designed to cater for the area's resident winter birds and is regularly stocked with food.