Outer Headland

Flamborough Outer Headland


A Unique and special place

Flamborough outer headland forms part of one of the finest stretches of coastland in the East. This unique sea and cliff environment is protected as a site of special scientific interest, and its seabirds colonies mark it as a special protection area. The offshore environment has been identified as a sensitive marine area and a special area of conservation. The reserve is part of the Flamborough Headland Heritage Coast.


Flamborough Lighthouse www.aboutbridlington.co.uk

Several features of archaeological interest remain well preserved, with signs of Medieval ridge and furrow farming techniques visible in fields. More recent history can be seen on the cliff path with concrete WW2 pillboxes positioned to defend against the threat of invasion. The present lighthouse was built in 1806 becoming automated in 1996 to show four white flashes every 15 seconds. The old Flamborough Lighthouse is a 1763 constructed chalk beacon tower, thought to be the oldest building of its type in England in 2002 the area was designated a Local Nature Reserve in recognition of its wildlife value and importance to the local community.

Reserve Management


Flamborough outer headland is managed by the country access team. Our goal is to balance recreational activities with conserving wildlife. Many of the arable fields on the 220 Acre reserve are farmed in a beneficial way for wildlife. Some areas are specially sown with bird-loving rich seed mix of barley, forage rape, millet and triticale, providing valuable food through the winter when other fields are ploughed. Old fall plantation gives valuable shelter for migratory birds arriving in this exposed landscape. Many hedges have been planted giving refuge to exhausted new arrivals. The area of maritime grassland, south of the fog station, is rich in wild flowers. Here, skylarks sing high in the sky during spring and summer.

 Things to do

  • Wildlife Watching
  • Cliff And Reserve Walks
  • Sea Views
  • Lighthouse Tours

Visitor Information

Opening Times: Open every day of the year
Car Park: Pay and display charges apply all year. Large car park
Public Toilets: In the car park beside the café
Accessibility: There is a surfaced path to the Fog Signal Station on the cliff top; other cliff and reserve paths are not surfaced. There is a flight of 190 steep steps to Selwicks Bay.
Refreshments: Café in car park, tearooms and pubs in Flamborough (2 Miles) and Bridlington (5 Miles).
Dogs: Keep your dogs under close control, and do not disturb wildlife or other visitors. Pease clean up after your dog.

Useful Contacts:

Countryside Officer: (01482) 395208
Police: Non – Emergency Number 101
Tourist Information: (01482) 673474
East Riding Of Yorkshire Council: (01482) 393939

Flamborough Outer Headland

Lighthouse Rd,
YO15 1AR

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