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Bempton Cliffs Circular Walk

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 5.8 miles / 9.4 km

Ascent - 700 feet / 212 metres

Grade - easy/mod

Start - OS grid reference TA191720
Lat 54.1300600 + Long -0.1788210
Postcode YO15 1HF (approx. location only)

Starting from the village of Bempton this circular walk includes a section along Bempton Cliffs which are home to a wide variety of seabirds in season including Gannets, puffins, and guillemots. The route also provides excellent views along the chalk cliffs which stretch south to Flamborough Head.

The start is Bempton village green (grid ref. TA191720) near St Michael's church. On street parking is available nearby. After parking pass to the right of the white barrier and follow the path with a cottage on your right. The path leads past a pond, crosses a stile into a small enclosure to a second stile which provides access into a larger field. Bear slightly left to the left-hand far corner, cross a stile, and exit onto a lane. Turn right and continue to the B1229. Turn left (signed to Reighton) and continue for 700 metres into Buckton. Nearing the end of the village you reach a pond on the right. Turn right here along Muddy Cows Lane (grid ref. TA182728).

Keep ahead along the lane which reaches the cliffs after a pleasant two kilometres of walking. Turn right along the cliffs to follow the Headland Way. The chalk cliffs rise about 300 feet above the sea and provide a perfect nesting site. You will pass several viewing platforms erected by the RSPB with the path becomes wheelchair accessible. A short deviation from the cliffs takes you to the RSPB Visitor Centre which provides excellent information about the bird life in the vicinity.

Return to the clifftop path and head south towards Flamborough Head with the cliffs gradually losing height. As you make progress you will reach the Danes' Dyke, an earthwork running inland with a small plantation running beside it (grid ref. TA213732). A short climb onto the earthwork provides an excellent view over the headland including the lighthouse. After taking in the view retrace your steps along the cliff tops for 500 metres and turn left through a gate which provides access to a permissive path (not marked on OS maps). The path runs across two fields following the right-hand edge of the fields.

Reaching a track (Blakehowe Lane), turn right and continue ahead at the first junction. Reaching a T-junction, turn left along Cliff Lane. Follow the lane into Bempton. Reaching a crossroads by the White Horse Inn, turn left and immediately right along Church Lane to return to the start.

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