A promontory of chalk cliffs jutting out from the Yorkshire coast into the North Sea between the seaside resorts of Filey and Bridlington. An area of outstanding natural beauty and designated a special conservation area it is one of Yorkshire’s ‘must see’ sights.
The area attracts visitors of all ages who come to walk the cliffs and take in the scenery, stroll around the light houses, explore the coast and sea caves by boat or watch the seabirds or merely sit and soak up the views.
The present light house at Flamborough Head was built in 1806, stands 85 feet tall and is fully automated. Nearby and slightly inland stands the earlier old Beacon light tower built circa 1674.
Flamborough Head was the backdrop in 1779 for one of the most celebrated naval engagements of the American War of Independence when merchant ships protected by 2 Royal Navy vessels were attacked by an American squadron led by John Paul Jones. A ‘pyrrhic’ victory for Jones whose flagship the Bonne Homme Richard was sunk!