10: Flamborough Lighthouse’s views

Flamborough Lighthouse
Flamborough Lighthouse

One of the best ways to see the spectacular coastline of East yorkshire is to take a trip to the top of Flamborough Lighthouse.

More than 200 years old, the current lighthouse is 26-and-a-half metres high and offers wonderful views to those who are able to scale the 119 steps.

Tours are held every weekend during September and October, and also during October half-term holidays, to give an insight into how lighthouses have kept sailors safe for centuries.

It was built in 1806 at a cost of £8,000, but a lighthouse had first been established almost 140 years earlier but never lit.

The present tower was designed by architect Samuel Wyatt and built by John Matson of Bridlington. The lighthouse continued to mark the headland for vessels travelling to Bridlington and Scarborough and can be identified by its white light which flashes four times every 15 seconds.

Flamborough Lighthouse was electrified in 1940 and an electric fog signal was installed in 1975. It was automated in 1996 and the keepers left that year. It is now controlled from Trinity House’s Operations and Planning Centre at Harwich.

There are only 72 lighthouses still in use around the UK, and not all are open to the public. The nearest other lighthouse to the north is Whitby and the nearest to the south is Cromer.

Tours last around 20 minutes and cost £3.50 for adults, £2.50 for children and concessions and £10.50 for a family tickets.

You must be at least 1.1m tall to take the tour and you will need a head for heights to be able to climb the winding staircase and steps to reach the top. Pictured above: The lighthouse in its full glory