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Directions/Parking: YO15 1BL (nearest postcode). Head on the B1255 through Flamborough village towards Thornwick Bay and North Landing. Follow the signs to North Landing and pass The Thornwick and Sea Farm Holiday Centre, The Viking Hotel and The North Star Hotel. At the end of Marine Road there is a pay and display car park with toilet facilities and a shop/cafe opposite. Be warned that there is a steep walk down. The path is however fairly well constructed underfoot.
Ingress/Egress: Entry and exit are via the beach at the bottom of the old lifeboat station slipway.
Underwater Topography: The bay itself is fairly shallow with a sandy bottom towards the middle. Towards the base of the cliffs there are bedrock plateaus to explore and cloven into the chalk cliffs there are some interesting smugglers coves.
Underwater Directions: Head out at the base of the cliffs on the left side (when facing the sea). Explore the bed rock and smugglers coves.
Marine Fauna: Expect to see crustaceans hiding in the crevices of the bedrock, the usual fishy suspects such as Dog Fish, Pollock, Flat Fish and Rockling; molluscs such as the Sea Hare all alongside a plethora of Kelp and red seaweed varieties like soft feather weed.
Depth: The gradually sloping sea bed rarely exceeds 10m inside the bay.
Visibility: Visibility is highly variable. Following a period of calm weather the visibility here can be very good but as with many sites around the UK it can be reduced to almost zero with inclement weather. Special consideration should also be given to heavy rain conditions as this can wash the chalk from the cliffs into the water and cause a milky effect.
Caution: Avoid heading out past the headlands where strong currents can be experienced. The bay is a popular launch for tourist/fishing boats and there is a regular stream of Cobler boats through the centre of the bay, therefore avoid crossing the bay. Avoid the smugglers coves in strong swell for obvious reasons.
Surface Interval: The Cliff top walks here provide stunning views and afford the photographers amongst you the opportunity to shoot some subjects of the winged variety, as the cliffs are home to an amazing array of sea birds.
Après Snorkel: There is no better place for a pint and some hearty pub grub than the Rose and Crown in Flamborough Village
Accommodation: The closest hotel is the North Star Hotel situated less than 300m from the site. A little further away in Flamborough Village itself there is a delightful B&B called Crab Pot Cottage. For those wishing to spend a night under the stars we recommend Bobby Bees in Burton Fleming bobby bees, there are sites closer but with its own outdoor bar, friendly owner and fire pits for hire it is hard to beat.
Nearest Webcam: 30 miles away
Tides: Best snorkelled at mid to high tide when the bed rock is submerged and the inlets to the smugglers coves become flooded and accessible.
North Landing Snorkel Guide: North Landing, North Yorkshire, England – is a small sandy bay situated on the Flamborough Peninsula on the North East Coast of England. The bay itself is less than a ½ mile across and is sheltered by towering chalk cliffs on both sides. The cliff faces are pitted with numerous narrow inlets and smugglers coves for the keen Snorkeler to explore and the bedrock base of the cliffs stretches out underwater creating a haven for marine fauna.