Flamborough Head

McCabe David / February 19, 2021


The Flamborough Head coastline is quickly becoming a favourite UK travel destination for landscape photographers, wildlife enthusiasts, hikers, or for family getaways. This stunning stretch of Yorkshire coastline boasts some of the most unique seascapes found anywhere in England.
In addition to the remarkable scenery, it is also home to a bevy of seals, countless bird species, and most notably, it is a seasonal nesting location for puffins! With so many people seeking options for domestic travel in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, we wanted to shine a light on one of our favourite (and often forgotten) options.
This photography and travel guide to the Flamborough Head Heritage Coast describes the best times and locations to capture the area. We also provide insight on the many hiking trails and vistas that even casual visitors should consider adding to their itinerary.
If you are here for more information on the region, start with these frequently asked questions. If you are a photographer or seascape-minded visitor, continue onward for recommendations on the best times and places to photograph Flamborough Head. Flamborough Head is located in the northeast of England along the Yorkshire coast. It is comprised of 8 miles of rugged chalk cliffs between Filey and Bridlington. The imposing, sheer cliffs stand an impressive 400ft above the North Sea.
While they may not be as famous as the White Cliffs of Dover or Beachy Head, the cliffs at Flamborough have a different aesthetic which is just as spectacular. Flamborough Head is easily accessible by car from Hull, (1 hour), York (1 hour 20 mins), Leeds (1 hour 40 mins) and Middlesbrough (2 hours).
Being landscape photographers ourselves, we spend most of our time in a region finding the best scenes and foregrounds to photograph for sunset, sunrise, and if possible, the night sky. Even if you are not into photography, we hope this guide will still inspire you and provide you with some insight into the most beautiful places in the area for hikes and sightseeing.
What makes the Flamborough headland so striking is the chalk-white, rugged cliffs that stretch across this part of the Yorkshire coast. We found the sea stacks, caves, and other geologic formations all made for compelling subjects. Realistically, you will be shooting these throughout your time. Google Maps identifies them near North Landing, but they run throughout this stretch of coastline and are what make the region so unique and photogenic. While the Flamborough Cliffs are beautiful all over, we found the scenery and seascapes of Selwicks Bay particularly photogenic. You are able to explore this region from up high on the bluffs, or from the shoreline when the tide is out.