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Bempton Cliffs

nr Bridlington, Yorkshire

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An accessible colony with no need for boat trips to see the wildlife. Some say the best place in England to see, hear and smell seabirds! More than 200,000 birds at any one time make the cliffs seem alive with adults bringing food to their nests, or young chicks making their first faltering flights. Managed by the RSPB they have 5 specially-created cliff top viewpoints.

The birds are easy to see during breeding season - creating a fantastic seascape and bird spectacle. Only eight target seabird species breed here, so learning to identify birds is simple. Species include: 3,500 Gannets, 80,000 Kittiwakes, Puffins - between April and July, guillemots, razorbills, fulmars, arctic skua and herring gulls.

In winter, common passerines such as buntings, sparrows like the Tree Sparrow and finches and short-eared owls (vary in numbers from one year to next) can be seen and identified as well as Rock Dove.

Five cliff-top viewpoints are different distances from the visitor centre/car park:

  • Grandstand: 200 m, accessible by wheelchairs/pushchairs with care

  • Bartlett Nab: 400 m and NOT easily accessible by wheelchairs/pushchairs

  • Jubilee Corner: 900 m NOT easily accessible by wheelchairs/pushchairs

  • New Roll-up: 500 m NOT easily accessible by wheelchairs/pushchairs

  • Staple Newk: 900m NOT easily accessible by wheelchairs/pushchairs.

  • The bird feeding station is 50 m from visitor centre/car park and accessible to all.

One nature trail leads to the five cliff-top viewpoints. Part of the trail is crushed chalk, with the remainder over worn grass. Paths can be wet and slippery following wet weather conditions, therefore care should be taken.

 If you want to see the spectacle from below then there are boat trips from Bridlington throughout the summer.

Location: Bempton Cliffs, nr Bridlington, Yorkshire

Grid Reference: TA197738  Ceremonial County: Yorkshire

Map Link: Multimap

Aerial photo: Multimap

Getting there: The reserve is on the cliff road from the village of Bempton, which is on the B1229 road from Flamborough to Filey. In Bempton village, turn northwards at the White Horse public house and the reserve is at the end of the road after 1 mile (follow the brown tourist signs).

Access: One viewpoint overlooks the cliffs. The surface is crushed limestone. Visitor centre on the level via double doors. The shop and information desk are accessible. Free car park
Website: www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/b/bemptoncliffs/about.asp
Other Useful Websites:
Email: bempton.cliffs@rspb.org.uk
Address: Near Bridlington
Postcode: Telephone: 01262 851179
Opening Times: Reserve at all times. Visitor Centre Mar-Oct Daily 10am-5pm; Nov-Feb 10am-4pm

Charges: Free to RSPB Members; Non Members 3.50 per car

Nearby Locations:
Other Location Pages: Flamborough Head Lighthouse, Yorkshire 
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Notes: OS Map: Explorer 301 and Landranger 101

Visitor centre, Information centre, toilets, picnic area, shop and a small servery, which sells hot/cold drinks and light snacks.

The car park surface is rolled stone. A designated parking space is 15m from the visitor centre entrance. One adapted, unisex toilet attached to the visitor centre, but not available when the centre is closed.

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By: Tracey Park Section: Wildlife Key:
Page Ref: bempton_cliffs Topic: Coastal Cliffs  Last Updated: 03/2010


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