Just south of Filey you’ll find Flamborough, a top the white cliffs that tower over the Flamborough’s beaches. A perfect setting for nature lovers with bird watching. One of the largest and most accessible mainland nesting colony of the gannet; plus puffins, razorbills, guillemots and other seabirds. RSPB also offer Seabird Cruises which are a great way to get a closer look at some of these amazing birds. On the beaches you will find great places for rock pooling.
The Battle of Flamborough Head was a naval battle that took place on 23 September 1779 in the North Sea off the coast of Yorkshire. The famous Continental Navy officer John Paul Jones, led a combined Franco-American squadron. A large Baltic convoy of forty-one ships, escorted by the frigate HMS Serapis and the sloop HMS Countess of Scarborough, were sailing along the Yorkshire coast. The Franco-American squadron intercepted the British convoy at 7.20pm. Watched by crowds on the shore. HMS Countess of Scarborough was soon captured by the Pallas, but the major event of the action was the battle between the Bonhomme Richard and HMS Serapis, which lasted over three hours until 10.20pm. Jones succeeded in forcing the Serapis to surrender, and in doing so, he had overcome a more powerful adversary. However, the next morning, the Bonhomme Richard sank since it had been badly damaged by the action. Jones did succeed in getting his prizes back to the Texel and finally to France.
A lighthouse was first built on the Flamborough Headland in 1669 but was never lit. The current lighthouse was built in 1806. Now a Grade II listed building, the oldest complete lighthouse structure in the UK and one of the oldest in the world. Ample parking, great spot to see seabirds.
This Local Nature Reserve covers 148 acres, was declared a Local Nature Reserve in 2002 in recognition of its wildlife value and its importance to the local community. Representing one of the finest stretches of coastland on the east coast. Danes Dyke runs for 4km across the whole of the Flamborough Headland.