Cliffs to remain free for visitors

Gannet Sula bassana, pair of immature birds on updraugtht, Bass Rock, June
Gannet Sula bassana, pair of immature birds on updraugtht, Bass Rock, June

Staff at a newly built seabird centre have alleviated fears it was to introduce mandatory fees in order for walkers to access Bempton Cliffs.

It follows several letters and calls to the Free Press’ newsdesk enquiring whether charges for admission to the new visitors centre meant a fee to walk along the cliff’s footpath.

A spokesperson for the RSPB said: “There is a public footpath from Cliff Lane to the cliff tops and from Flamborough through to Speeton. This is accessible at all times.

“The admission charge covers parking and use of the facilities eg: toilets, viewpoints, accessible footpaths – all of which the RSPB maintains.

“During our redevelopment, we have improved the car parks and increased capacity. We have installed accessible footpaths from the parking areas to the cliff top viewpoints. We have also developed the seabird centre to include educational facilities, new toilets and an outdoor seating area.

“We ask anyone who chooses to use these facilities to pay an admission charge to cover maintenance and general upkeep. Charges are: £3.50 adults, £2 children, £8.50 family. Entry to RSPB members is free. We are a conservation charity and hope that everyone who visits Bempton Cliffs will support us in our work giving nature a home.”