Bempton Cliffs

Bempton Cliffs

Route: Bempton Cliffs

Area: East Yorkshire

Date of walk: 4th May 2018

Walkers: Andrew 

Distance: 6.8 miles

Ascent: 500 feet

Weather: Sunny spells

Bempton Cliffs is home to one of the UK’s most spectacular wildlife displays, and its position on a long distance coastal footpath makes it an ideal destination for walkers like me who are also interested in birdlife

I’ve been here many times before and usually park at the RSPB Visitor Centre at Bempton and then visit the nearby viewing stations. I decided to vary the routine today, and started from one of the parking spaces at Thornwick Bay, near North Landing on the outskirts of Flamborough. After making my way around the bay I joined the cliff top footpath leading to Bempton

The undulating and in places eroded path brought me to the nature reserve and for the next mile or two I enjoyed numerous sightings of the seabirds which come to breed and nest here in their thousands every year – puffins, gannets, guillemots, and razorbills to name but a few

I visited each of the viewing platforms in turn. These are ideally placed at the heart of the action and there are close up views of all the visitors, with RSPB volunteers on hand to help with identification and useful information

Having reached the final viewing platform, and in the absence of a satisfactory circular route back to the start, I retraced my steps along the clifftop path – no hardship when the coastal scenery and wildlife is so spectacular. It had been another wonderful visit to this special place

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