Yorkshire coastal highlights

For those who enjoyed the post about Bempton cliffs, here’s a few more images of the wonderful North Yorkshire coastline. Whitby is famous for the Abbey of the wonderful St.Hild on the skyline, fish (their smoked fish is fantastic!), fossils and jet jewellery.

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And not forgetting that Whitby hosts both a summer Folk Festival and a Goth festival in November for the Dracula fans. There was child’s drawing signed “Bram” in the house we rented and a collective shudder when we spotted it. Go to Staithes, a tiny village at the bottom of a steep hill to the sea (last picture) now home of children’s TV programme Sailor Jack or to other charming villages on the coast like Robin Hood’s Bay and Runswick Bay. And spoil yourself with a superb crab sandwich at the beach cafe in Sandsend. We always do !)

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Unbelievable Bempton

ImageBempton Cliffs is a nature reserve run by the RSPB on the Yorkshire coast. It’s famous for it’s seabird nesting colonies of gannets, kittiwakes, fulmers, razorbills, guillemots and PUFFINS! The numbers are spectacular, 30,000 gannets alone.

The puffin population is much smaller but so rewarding! I saw about 10 or so puffins on the cliffs and some others flying, which is comical.They very sensibly nest in burrows in the cliffs so they are less visible but with patience and good weather you will see them.

A wonderful sight to behold, Bempton Cliffs are also a fantastic seabird education. With a pair of good binoculars, you can quickly begin to distinguish the species from one another. You can only see all this from April to July when the birds go back to sea, so go soon. It’s the sort of thing people would put on a bucket list if only they knew about it 🙂

Image and text copyright S.Roberts 2014