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Flamborough Head Hike

An easy stroll along a beautiful and interesting stretch of coastline

Hiking Moderate

3.8 km
70 m
70 m
0-1 hrs
Low Point
6 m
High Point
51 m
Flamborough Head Hike Map

Flamborough Head is a dramatic coastal promontory located on the Holderness Coast in Yorkshire. It's known for its towering chalk cliffs, which rise up to almost 400 feet above the North Sea and provide stunning views of the surrounding coastal landscape.


The cliffs are a popular destination for birdwatching, with a wide variety of seabirds, including puffins, guillemots, and kittiwakes, nesting in the cliffs and on the nearby sea stacks. The area is also popular for hiking and rock climbing, offering challenging terrain and isolated paths along the coastline, including this easy loop which we've drawn here.

Flamborough Head is a designated Heritage Coast, recognised for its unique geology and rich cultural history, including the remains of an Iron Age settlement and a lighthouse that dates back to the 18th century!

One of the highlights of this hike is the Flamborough Sea Arch, which was formed from the erosive action of wind and waves on the chalk cliffs, and have gradually worn away the rock to create a large opening in the cliff face. The arch is a unique and impressive example of the power of the elements to shape the landscape and is a great spot at which to contemplate the might of nature, and to simply enjoy a nice view.

This hike is served by a large carpark and there's also a great little restaurant, and a beachwear shop, so you don't really need to take any supplies on the hike, and can fuel up easily at each end of the trip.



Hiking along trails with some uneven terrain and small hills. Small rocks and roots may be present.

Best time to visit

between March and October


  • Wildlife
  • Historical
  • Picturesque
  • Dog friendly
  • Family friendly