RSPB Bempton Cliffs review: A family day out near Bridlington in East Yorkshire
What to do with a wet and windy Saturday? Why, go somewhere that’s even more wet and windy, of course.
Bempton Cliffs is a 40-minute drive from our home in Beverley – well, it should have been but we managed to get a little lost en route, so it took closer to an hour.
When trying to think of inspiration for a family day out at short notice, Bempton Cliffs is one of those “Oh, next time, we must remember to go there” places.
Unfortunately for us, on the occasion we did remember, the weather was not particularly welcoming. It wasn’t a massive surprise that the top of a cliff is a windy place to be but, at times, it was difficult to stay upright.
Bempton is, of course, a haven for seabirds, with wildlife presenter Chris Packham describing it as the ‘Nou Camp of the bird world’. What you can see depends on what time of year you go but there’s plenty of help from volunteers and staff to help you spot something.
We saw gannets and guillemots but there was no sign of the real star of the show – the puffin. Puffins only make a flying visit to Bempton and, apparently, the best time to see them is from mid-April to July.
Bempton has a small visitor centre, with a cafe, shop and other facilities. You can hire binoculars and there’s an activity backpack for kids to hire. Entry costs £5 for adults and the first child goes free – after that it’s £3. RSBP members can enjoy discounted rates.
The reserve is at the top of steep, white cliffs but sturdy wooden viewing platforms mean visitors are able to peer over the edge safely. From the viewing platforms, it’s possible to see birds flying to and from their nests or resting spots.
The views are quite breathtaking and the roar of the waves crashing into cliff faces quite humbling. Even though the conditions weren’t great for us, it was still a great experience. Armed with cups of tea and hot chocolate, we walked to the most distant viewing platforms for a bracing and exhilarating walk.
Bempton Cliffs is a stunning spot and we’ve already made a not to remember it next time we’re thinking of somewhere to go on a family day out. Hopefully, we’ll remember when it’s a bit warmer.