Dane’s Dyke is a nature reserve with pretty woodland and a stunningly beautiful beach. It is located halfway between Bridlington and Flamborough in the East Riding of Yorkshire. It’s a lovely place to visit for an hour or two.
I was once criticised for promoting the beach to be as beautiful as I say it is. The reason for the criticism was that they drove a long way to visit and when they got there the pretty white rocks were all covered in seaweed.
Living nearby you soon learn that the beaches can sometimes get covered in a lot of seaweed. It’s mother nature I’m afraid and while the rocks are usually white all year round they do, on the odd occasion, get covered in smelly, slippy seaweed. This, however, is rare.
I also wouldn’t recommend anyone travel a long distance to just visit Dane’s Dyke. Yes, it’s a beautiful place to visit but the area is full of things to do. It’s a perfect place to stop off when visiting other places nearby.
Dane’s Dyke Beach Visitor Guide
The other thing to be aware of when you visit is the tide time. I say this all the time but it’s an easy thing to overlook when you aren’t used to visiting the beaches in the area. There are many websites you can check and it is worth checking if you do want to spend any length of time on the beach.
Dane’s Dyke is a high tide beach in that at high tide there isn’t much to it. The photos in this post show the beach just after high tide and as you can see there are only large rocks and pebbles as far as the eye can see. If you visit at low tide there will be a large sandy area but do keep your eye on the tide. We love to visit at high tide because my son takes great delight in throwing pebbles into the waves.
Dane’s Dyke is a bank and ditch earthwork wall that cuts off the Flamborough peninsula from the mainland. It is said to date back to Iron Age times and not Viking times as the name may lead you to believe.
There is the possibility that it is post-Roman although no one knows for sure. It is the most northerly outcropping of coastal chalk in Britain. In 2002 it was declared a nature reserve and it is illegal to take anything away from the beach.
There is a relatively small car park next to the cafe and the toilets but on busier days they have an overflow car park which they open up. The car park is pay and display and it does get checked on a regular basis. The cafe, although basic and just a kiosk does sell some hot and cold food and drinks.
If you want to head straight for the beach you want to head down the sloping path to the left of the car park. This is a steep walk down but relatively short so it’s not too taxing. It is rough dirt ground so you would struggle with a pushchair or a wheelchair. It looks deceiving in the photo but a lot of the path has been broken up by tree roots. Once down at the beach there are no facilities.
To get back up to the car park you then have two options. You can walk back up the way you came or you can head off left into the woodland. This is a 1-mile walk back and it’s a really lovely walk. There are quite a lot of steps but it’s not too challenging. You can even walk the coastal path from here down to Sewerby Hall and Gardens.
The walk takes you to the left side of the gully and you can even see the car park from sections of the path. The whole area is woodland and has a fantastic covering of snowdrops and bluebells in the early and late spring.
There are bridges to cross and you do have to walk on the road for a short while but it’s only the access road for Dane’s Dyke so it isn’t busy. I’m sure you’ll want to treat yourselves to ice cream or a burger when you get back to your car.
When we visit to play on the beach and then walk the woodland walk we usually spend two hours at Dane’s Dyke. If we are wanting to spend longer on a beach we usually head for one of the beaches at Flamborough or in Bridlington.
Dane’s Dyke FAQ & Further Information
Address: Danes Dyke, Flamborough, Bridlington YO15 1AA, East Yorkshire. Phone: 01262 850248
Category – Beach and Woodland – Outdoors – Suitable for all ages
What are the ticket prices?
The beach and nature reserve are free to visit.
What are the main facilities and things to do?
Stunningly beautiful beach with large white pebbles, woodland walk or cliff walks to Sewerby Hall. There are toilets and a cafe.
When are they open?
The beach is open all year round.
Is there food available?
There is a cafe serving limited hot and cold food and drinks.
Is there parking?
There is a pay and display car park. 2 hours £1.40, max £2.90.
Are they dog friendly?
Dogs are permitted on the beach and in the woodland all year round.
Are they accessible?
The paths are not accessible and there is no accessible toilet.