The Yorkshire Nature Triangle stretches all along the Yorkshire coastline from the sand dunes of the Humber to the Cliffs of Flamborough and into the Yorkshire Wolds and with a variety of creatures to spot and hidden treasures to uncover their are plenty of wild encounters just waiting for budding adventurers to explore.
If you’re looking for something different to do during your precious holidays, we have 5 great ideas courtesy of Tom Marshall at the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust:
#1 Spurn Safari and lighthouse
Have you been to Yorkshire’s ‘Lands End’? With 3.5 miles of sand dunes to explore, there’s nowhere quite like Spurn. Hop aboard a Yorkshire Wildlife Trust ‘Spurn Safari’ for a giant 4 x 4 trip along the sands, and look out for wild deer along the way. At the point itself, visit the newly renovated lighthouse – will you manage all 128 foot of steps for the awesome view from the light room at the top?
For the slightly less adventurous, grab a hire bike and head along to Kilnsea Wetlands nature reserve or explore the amazing wartime structures.
#2 Rock pooling at the Living Seas Centre
South Landing beach is the perfect spot to delve deep into our underwater world. As the tide recedes take a look amongst the boulders and rock pools for a chance to come face to face with anenomes, crabs or even a friendly fish! The team at the YWT Living Seas Centre just 5 minutes from the beach have all the know-how to get you started. If the weather goes all British on you, then there’s arts and crafts for the kids and other interactive activities in the centre itself – along with lovely local ice cream!
#3 Gannets galore at Bempton
Their neighbours the puffins may have headed back to sea, but the bird world’s Tom Daley is still putting on a show at RSPB Bempton. Our largest seabird loves to ride the waves of wind on the clifftops and there’s no better way to see these masters of the sea in action.
The Seabird Centre’s live cameras bring you all the action, and a summer fete for the August Bank Holiday weekend will have a host of extra activities for all the family. When the seas are calm, there’s even a chance of spotting a minke whale below the cliffs!
#Foray at Filey
Stretching far out into the sea at low tide, Filey Brigg lets you feel like you’re in the heart of the waves without getting wet! Passing seabirds may include rarities like skuas or shearwaters, as wading birds feed amongst the rock pools. This year’s young seals from further up the cost may keep a close eye on you from the surf, and from above the Brigg on a calm day, there’s always the chance of spotting a whale or porpoise. Be sure to check the tide times before you head down to the shore.
#5 A whale of a time
For a very special treat, head north and join Whitby Whale Watching in search of our largest sea creatures. Every summer, 30ft long minke whales head to the Yorkshire Coast in search of herring and mackerel, giving you the best chance of a once in a lifetime encounter right here in the UK! Seals, porpoises and dolphins may even join the action too.
From a taster trip of two hours to an offshore expedition, you’ll be blown away if you get chance to see one of these amazing mammals.
You can find out more about any of these activities at www.yorkshirenaturetriangle.org.uk.
To find a cottage within the Yorkshire Nature Triangle, call the Gorgeous Cottages team on 0844 726 6276.