The Beach Guide

Selwicks Bay (Flamborough Head)

Selwicks Bay - Yorkshire

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Selwicks Bay lies on the Flamborough headland, just above the most easterly point in the promontory. Set in a bay at the foot of high cliffs this sand and pebble beach stretches for around 3/4 mile. As the tide goes out a rocky shoreline, with many rockpools, is revealed.

The 400-feet chalk cliffs around this part of the coast provide nesting for a large number of birds-this spot really is a birdwatcher’s paradise. Gannets, oyster-catchers, gulls and eider ducks can all be found here. From the cliffs above the sand and pebble beach there are striking views out over Bridlington Bay.

There has been a lighthouse near this spot since the 17th century. The current structure, built in 1806, still guides vessels safely around the rocky headland.

Also known as:

Flamborough Head

Type of beach

Sand & pebble

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

Dogs are permitted access throughout the year. but no dog bins are provided.

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  • Cafe/restaurant
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    • Slipway

    Nearest town



    YO15 1AR

    OS grid ref.

    TA 2543 7082

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