Staying in or around Bridlington, Filey and Scarborough? The Headland Coast has some fantastic wildlife watching hotspots, from puffins to rockpooling to rare and unusual migranting birdlife. Just up the coast, you can even go whale watching from Whitby.

About the Headland Coast

The two headlands of Filey Brigg and Flamborough just out into the North Sea and act as beacons for migrating birds. More famously, the Flamborough Headland attracts a quarter of a million breeding seabirds every spring, with RSPB Bempton Cliffs the most popular place to go to see this true wildlife spectacle.

Best places to go

You can easily spend a long weekend exploring all that this stretch of coastline has to offer.

  • RSPB Bempton Cliffs is famous for its gannet colony and puffins in spring and summer. There's always something to see, whatever the season, and the helpful staff at the Seabird Centre will point you in the right direction.
  • YWT Flamborough Cliffs, just east of Bempton, is another excellent place to visit for views of puffins, kittiwakes and guillemots. Top tip: Walk the 3 mile coastal footpath between Bempton and Flamborough for great views.
  • Staying on the Flamborough Headland, the Living Seas Centre at South Landing is dedicated to marine wildlife, with an varied events programme throughout the year suitable for all interests. Top tip: You can buy a Roving parking ticket which will allow you to park at: Living Seas Centre, North Landing, Flamborough lighthouse, Danes Dyke. 
  • Only 10 minutes' drive from Bempton and 5 minutes' drive from Flamborough, Sewerby Hall and Gardens is a great tourist attraction on the headland with its zoo popular with young and old alike.
  • Filey Brigg is a natural landmark, and a great place for bird watchers. Close by, you will find the largest freshwater marsh in the area at YWT Filey Dams, a great contrast to the coast.

Staying along the Headland Coast? Try these nearby wildlife hotspots

  • Unless you're staying on the coast you're likely to be passing through the Yorkshire Wolds or Holderness - do have a look for places to stop off on route
  • After a day's puffin spotting you might life to take a walk in the Yorkshire Wolds
  • Or take a look at the interactive map below - use the white 'list' icon in the left hand corner of the map to select what you are interested in. To view this map full screen click here.

Travelling times (by car)

From Hull: 1 hour to Flamborough Village

From York: 1 hour 20 minutes to Flamborough Village

From Beverley: 1 hour to Flamborough Village

From Bridlington: 15 minutes to Flamborough Village

Boat trips

You don't have to take a boat trip to see the seabirds, but it is a fantastic experience. Whale watching boat trips are also available from Whitby, 30 miles up the coast.

Living Seas Safari © Kirsten Carter