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Nestled along the Flamborough Headland, you will find the picturesque beach of Thornwick Bay.

What is Thornwick Bay like?

The surrounding chalk cliffs at Thornwick Bay are teeming with birdlife, making it a great destination for birdwatching, as well as for picnics and cliff top walks. Busy yourself searching for sea creatures in the numerous rock pools or explore the numerous caves dotted about the beach, which were used by smugglers and pirates.

The walk down to the beach is quite steep and narrow in parts, and the rocks can become quite slippery, so be careful when visiting.

Further points of interest

At low tide, you can walk to Thornwick’s much smaller neighbour, Little Thornwick. As both are largely rocky, the walk between the two beaches is rather challenging and you should check tide times before making this journey. The beach offers panoramic views across the sea, which is said to be home to many pirate shipwrecks, and stunning sea arches.

Fancy seeing more of what the area has to offer? You can follow a scenic coastal path to North Landing Bay, a similarly stunning and dramatic beach. Here you can add to your rockpool winnings and further explore the area’s dark past.

Q Is Thornwick Bay Beach dog friendly?

Dogs are permitted at Thornwick Bay Beach all year round.

Q Is there nearby parking at Thornwick Bay Beach?

There is a nearby car park, which charges £1.50 for all-day parking. However, it is only open during peak season and you have to park along the road when it is not open. The beach is open all year round.

To find the car park, take a left off the B1255 and head toward North Landing. Turn again when you reach the Viking Pub.

Q What facilities are available at Thornwick Bay Beach?

During peak season, there are toilets and a café.

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