A guide to photographing Flamborough Head

21st June 2016

Flamborough Head is one of the most beautiful areas of coastline on the Yorkshire coast with white chalk cliffs arches and stacks it really is a photographers dream there is plenty of parking available at the Lighthouse, North Landing and Thornwick Bay we will start at the Lighthouse carpark

Location 1
Starting at the lighthouse carpark head east along the public footpath heading towards the coastguard station turn right on to the grass path heading south east taking you to the cliff top follow the cliff top south and you will come across the arch known as the drinking Dinosaur best photographed around high tide
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF17-40mm f/4L USM, 23mm, ISO 100, f16, 1 second, Hitech 0.6 reverse Grad

Location 2
Head back towards the lighthouse carpark then head north; on the right you will find steps to the beach at Selwicks Bay, once on the beach to the right is a chalk stack a popular location for local photographers especially at low tide
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF17-40mm f/4L USM,17mm, ISO100, f10, 30 seconds Lee 0.9 hard grad

Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF17-40mm f/4L USM,20mm,ISO100, f16, 2 minutes, lee 0.6 hard grad and little stopper

Even when the tide is coming in the beach is a beautiful location

Location 3
Back up to the cliff top heading north is a lovely vantage point overlooking Selwicks Bay
Canon EOS 7D, EF17-40mm f/4L USM, 17mm, ISO100, f16,0.8 seconds, 0.6 hard Grad

Location 4
Carry on along the coastal path up along the side of the golf course until you arrive at a ww2 bunker climb on top and from the front left corner is one of my favourite views of Selwicks Bay
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF17-40mm f/4L USM, 17mm,ISO100,f11,4 minutes, 0.6 hard Grad and big stopper

For the next few locations it is easier to park at North Landing and take the footpath alongside the Caravel pub heading back towards the lighthouse after about a ten minute walk you will arrive at Breil Newk, my favourite location on Flamborough head with three fabulous viewpoints in one

Location 5
From Breil Newk peninsular looking south towards the lighthouse
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF17-40mm f/4L USM,17mm,ISO100,f13,4minutes, 0.6 hard grad

Location 6
From Breil Newk peninsular looking north towards Bempton cliffs a good location for sunset during June, July and August
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF17-40mm f/4L USM,27mm,ISO100,f20,15 seconds,0.6 Hard Grad

Location 7
Queen Rock with Breil Newk on the right
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF17-40mm f/4L USM,17mm,ISO100,f16,238 seconds, Big stopper and 0.9 hard grad

Location 8
Just before you get to North landing there is a bit of cliff called Five arches there is a great view South from here
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF17-40mm f/4L USM,17mm.ISO100,f16,0.4sec and 0.9 Hard Grad

Location 9
Walking back to north landing offers a superb view over the bay
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF17-40mm f/4L USM,27mm,ISO100,f14,239 seconds, big stopper and 0.6 hard grad

Location 10
Drop down onto the beach for the iconic boat shots
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF17-40mm f/4L USM,17mm,ISO100,f16,5 seconds

Location 11
If you head along the coastal path around the Northern edge of north Landing at the most eastern point there is a great view
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF17-40mm f/4L USM,17mm,ISO100,f14,240 seconds

The last car park is at Thornwick Bay if you head out of Flamborough village towards North Landing there is a turn off on the left just before the Viking Hotel this leads to Thornwick bay carpark and Cafe

Location 12
When the road changes to a dirt track there is a field on the left I usually park here because the path to the beach is directly opposite I quite like the view from the top of the WW” bunker at high tide but it’s a great location even at low tide
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF17-40mm f/4L USM,40mm,ISO100,f16,239 seconds, big stopper, 0.9 hard Grad


Photo comment By Mark Aldridge: Thank you. This was a great help in choosing tomorrows photographic challenge

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