Okay, so it got pipped to the post by an equally lovely beach in the Scottish Highlands in the Countryfile Best Beach Awards 2015/2016 but South Landing in Flamborough still made it into their top five favourite beaches in the UK.
It was only when I spotted the Countryfile poster as we made our way down to the beach that I realised we were about to set foot on potentially award-winning territory. It’s not surprising that this stretch of the coast was up for the award as it really is a beautiful, unspoilt beach.
To get to South Landing you can either park up at the pay & display car park by the Living Seas Centre and walk down the slipway down to the RNLI station or you can follow a woodland nature trail which is a bit more of an adventurous way to get there. The trail meanders through woodland and along the cliff top with great views over the bay.
There are lots of interesting things to look at – and some surprising things to read along the way.
To get onto the beach you head down a steep set of steps. South Landing is a curving sandy, shingle and pebble beach encased by white chalk cliffs. Spring is a great time to visit; the low Spring tide reveals large rock pools to explore a variety of marine life as well as an exposed kelp forest. The area is also a haven for migrating birds, whales, seals, porpoises and sharks and puffins.
The pristine white pebbles are a beautiful feature of the beach and we couldn’t resist a bit of beach art.
Meanwhile someone else was having fun above.
Then as we were leaving a car sped down the hill – I must confess I was cursing their speed under my breath until I realised it was the RNLI who were on a call-out.
The speed this team got their equipment sorted and the boat out was phenomenal. In a matter of minutes they were out on the water and off on their mission.
The Living Seas Centre (back at the top where you park your car) is worth a visit as it has lots of information about Yorkshire’s coastal wildlife. The centre also holds activity sessions such as seashore safaris at various times throughout the year which look good fun. There’s no café but you can grab a tea, coffee and biscuits here from their vending machine.
To get to South Landing head to Flamborough and pick up signs for South Landing as you approach the village centre.
The journey to Flamborough is a story in its own right, so look out for part two of the trip – getting there – and the tallest single standing stone in the UK. See you then!