One hot, sunny weekend late last summer, I was lucky enough to be invited to two weddings. Fortunately both were in England, but they were hundreds of miles apart – the first wedding, on the Saturday, was just outside London, while the second on the Sunday was near Scarborough, in North Yorkshire. This meant a lot of driving.
It had been a long time since I last visited this part of the UK, and it’s pretty much a given that I need to photograph something whenever I travel somewhere new. So, before setting off back to London, I asked the TomTom what was nearby. Scarborough itself, though picturesque, was out of the question – it was a sunny Bank Holiday Monday, and everyone was there. I don’t do crowds very well, particularly after two days of weddings…
Flamborough Head, however, was perfect. On a map of the UK, it’s that little spur that sticks out about half way up the east coast. Because it sticks out, there’s a lighthouse there, and I’m quite a fan of lighthouses. This one was built in 1806 and is apparently visible from up to 21 miles away. There’s also an earlier lighthouse-type tower nearby, dating from 1669 – that’s pretty old.
Because of the sun, and the public holiday, there were a lot of people at Flamborough Head, but it wasn’t at all crowded. The managed grassy area around the lighthouse is huge, with spectacular views of the cliffs, and there’s a café for the hungry and thirsty. If you have the time, I can highly recommend venturing along one of the paths which head off in several directions – I followed one along the north of the Head, which wends its way between the cliffs and the local golf course and essentially seems to go on forever, providing one stunning view after another.
Sadly I could only manage a few hours at Flamborough, as I still had that four hour drive back to London ahead of me, but it was plenty long enough to recover from the hectic weekend I’d just had. Fresh sea breezes, cliffs and a bit of a walk. If you ever find yourself in the vicinity of Flamborough, with a few spare hours, give it a try – there are even some cosy looking B&Bs nearby if you feel like staying a while.