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This stunning coastal walk explores Britain’s highest chalk cliffs from Bempton Cliffs to Flamborough Head, with seabirds, seals and shipwrecks for company.
Your route starts from the car park at the RSPB’s Bempton Cliffs nature reserve where the cliffs come alive with the sounds of razorbills, kittiwakes and puffins – to name just a few species – that inhabit one of the Europe’s busiest seabird cities.
As well as hundreds and thousands of squawking seabirds, which you can view closely on wooden platforms that extend over the cliff edge, in summer you’ll be treated to trails exploding with butterflies, wildflowers and insects – and that’s before you even mention the phenomenal views over the North Sea.
You can take boat trips to explore the base of the cliffs in more detail, although you may be put off by the many ships that have perished against them, with scraps of wreckage still visible today. Seals and porpoises are common sights from the cliff-tops, with walkers also reporting sights of basking sharks and whales lurking in the depths.
From Flamborough Head you can either retrace your steps along the cliffs, or follow inland country lanes back to the RSPB reserve and its welcoming cafe.
This route was voted 50th in a 2017 ITV poll to find Britain’s Favourite Walk.
TOG VERDICT: Quite simply of the most stunning coastal walks in Britain. If you’re even slightly interested in wildlife, Bempton Cliffs are unmissable.
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