Thornwick Bay

Thornwick Bay and Little Thornwick Bay lie to the North of Flamborough Head on the Flamborough Peninsular. This is without doubt an area of outstanding beauty.

The coastline here has been created due to the fault lines which cut through chalk rock and have allowed erosion to take place at different rates. This has created a rugged coastline with many bays and coves along with geological features in their profusion.

Categorised as a Special Area of Conservation, historically, Flamborough's coastline has inspired many of the UK's most eminent geologists, helping them to transform geology into the respected profession that it is today.

A fascinating place to explore with smugglers caves and hiding holes which would have also been used by the Vikings, this coastline is home to many seabirds including Razorbills, Kittiwakes and Guillemots which make nests on flat layers in the chalk cliffs.

Access into the Thornwick bays is via steps, however this should not deter those with walking difficulties as the views from the car park on the cliff top are absolutely stunning. There is also a cafe at Thornwick Bay, making it a perfect destination both locals and visitors alike.

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