A 7.5 mile linear walk from Barnsley rail station to Wombwell rail station in South Yorkshire, discovering some of the beautiful green spaces and attractions between these two towns. Along the way you will discover a pretty section of the Barnsley Canal, the beautiful lakes and parkland of Dearne Valley Country Park, the substantial ruins of Monk Bretton Abbey, stretches of former train lines and the extensive cemetery in Wombwell. The return leg can be completed via a simple 6 minute train journey.
Danes Dyke Beach and Sewerby
Danes Dyke Beach and Sewerby
Level of walk:Easy View Walks Key
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Why you should do this walk…
If you’d like to visit a beautiful and unspoilt white sandy beach that you can let your dog have a good run around on on year round, then this walk is perfect. It also includes beautiful views of the Yorkshire coast with Bridlington in the distance, and once up a little climb through the trees, stays on flat easy to follow paths.
What else you need to know
Danes Dyke beach is open to you and your dog all year round.
How to get there – take the B1255 from Bridlington towards Sewerby, then follow signs for Dane’s Dyke Beach
Suggested map OS Explorer 301 Scarborough, Bridlington and Flamborough Head
Car park – Pay and display at Danes Dyke
Start – Danes Dyke car park
Length/time – just over 2 miles, takes about 1¾ hours
Terrain/difficulty – EASY to follow paths with a few steps and a reasonable climb at the start, also partly on tarmacked paths. Some more boisterous dogs might need to be kept on a lead on the cliff paths, however the paths are not close to cliff edge on this walk.
Dog friendliness – there are no stiles on this walk and dogs are allowed on the beach, it’s beautiful and is great for a run around on. Some walking through busy areas in Sewerby. Dog bins in Sewerby.
Food and drink – shop/café at Danes Dyke car park with a covered area, nice grassy picnic area in the car park at Danes Dyke and The Ship Inn at Sewerby is dog-friendly. See Directories for details.
Public toilets – in car park at Danes Dyke.
Other interesting info:
The chalk cliffs of Flamborough Headland, including Danes Dyke are some of the most important cliffs in Europe for nesting seabirds, including Gannets, Kittiwakes, Guillemots, Rozorbills, Puffins and Shag.
Take the Nature reserve path from the car park to the left of the information boards – don’t head down to the beach just yet!
- Head back down the path alongside the access road to the car park for a short distance to a footpath sign for Sewerby Village and the Head Land. Take this path, keeping a wall to the left, before heading down steps into the wooded area. At a blue way-marked sign at the bottom, turn right over a footbridge and bear left towards a fork in the path.
- Take the right hand path, following a yellow way-marker up more steps leading further into the trees. At the top, follow a way-marker arrow to the left onto a flat path which continues downhill to another fork. Turn right and keep straight ahead along a path that follows a fairly straight line, ignoring various paths to and from the golf course and keeping a hedge to the right.
- The path becomes enclosed, and then heads across the golf course along a wide track marked out on each side by fence posts. Ahead can be seen Bridlington beach and a church spire. After passing through some trees, head across an open field passing in front of the cricket club and Sewerby Hall.
- At a junction sign, continue on towards Sewerby Village, taking the tarmacked path straight ahead. This section could be busy, especially at the weekend in summer, so it may be best to put your pooch on the lead. The path leads to a road, which passes the Ship Inn to the left and the Old Forge restaurant and tea rooms to the right.
- Keep ahead and at a sign for ‘Cliff Top’ turn left along an enclosed path towards the coast line. Cross a tarmac path and head left along the grassy coastal path. There are commanding views of Flamborough Head in front and Bridlington behind.
- Continue on the well-defined path along the cliff – well-behaved dogs will be fine off the lead, as the path doesn’t go too close to the edge. The path turns inland just before the ravine and bears right to a T-junction. Take the left path alongside the edge of the woods to another T-junction, taking the right hand path down into the trees, back towards the footbridge crossed earlier. Retrace your steps back to the start at the car park.
Head on down to Danes Dyke beach, which has a quality coast award, go along a little road to reach the beach. Lots of white pebbles and sandy beach along the chalk coastline. This is a very, very pretty place and great fun for you and your pooch too.
This walk is also on the iFootpath App and website Danes Dyke Beach and Sewerby