A 3 mile circular walk around the wooded Pennine valley of Hardcastle Crags, near Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire. Owned by the National Trust the valley comprises a beautiful shallow river, Hebden Water with steep wooded valley sides and you will have chance to discover lots of wildlife plus some industrial archaeology along the way. If you have children with you, you may wish to bring along crayons and paper as there are several engraved markers around the site, showing the various leaves and seeds in the woodland.
Distance: 3 miles
Duration: 1 hours
Level of walk: Easy View Walks Key
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Why you should do this walk…
If you love coastal walks, stunning scenery, and lighthouses and want your dog to be able to have a good run too, then this exhilarating walk might just be the one for you. This short circular walk takes you on a mini-tour of one of the most spectacular areas of chalk cliffs in Britain.
What else you need to know
How to get there – take the B1255 Flamborough road from Bridlington and as the road bears left entering the village, turn right along the B1259 – Lighthouse Road.
Suggested map – OS Explorer 301 Scarborough, Bridlington & Flamborough Head
Car park – pay and display by the Flamborough Lighthouse
Start – at the lighthouse, by the Flamborough Headland information board
Length/time – 3 miles, about 1 hour
Terrain/difficulty – EASY, mostly uses clear grassy paths, and ends along a quiet road
Dog friendliness – although a coastal walk there are plenty of wide open spaces, meaning your pooch can have a good run around safely away from the cliff edge. There are no stiles to climb, but dogs need to be under close control at times.
Food and drink – The Ship Inn just down the coast at Sewerby is dog-friendly. See Directories for details.
Public toilets –at the car park by the lighthouse.
Other interesting info:
The Flamborough Head Lighthouse is open for tours. It has four white flashes every 15 seconds.
- Start at the lighthouse by the Flamborough Headland information board. Turn to the right and head towards the Fog Signal station, keeping a wall to the right and a fence to the left – beyond this are the cliffs and sea. Join a track heading towards the signal station and make for one of the many green paths cut into the rugged grasslands, which criss-cross the area. Keeping the signal station to the left, head towards the coastline – there is plenty of dog romping space here.
- Keeping the coast line to the left, head southwards along the path. There are waymarker posts and information notices from the local authority warning everyone to take care by the cliff edges.
- Just after a small wooden footbridge, turn right at a waymarked public footpath sign for Lighthouse Road (¾ mile). Head inland along the edge of a field keeping the hedge and tree line to the right. As the path crosses the field, fleeting glimpses of the old and current Flamborough lighthouses can be seen through the hedgerows.
- At the end of the field climb a flight of wooden steps up to Lighthouse Road. Cross the road and head back into Flamborough using the roadside path. Close views are available of the old lighthouse on the edge of the golf course to the left, before the modern version comes into view ahead.