The Mask of Danes Dyke

We love to get out and about at the weekend, especially when we have visitors, but we always end up debating the same question – “where shall we go?”.

With 6 children (aged between 5 and 17 years) and 3 adults to entertain, I can honestly say that Danes Dyke at Flamborough provided something for everyone. It took just less than an hour by car and the Pay and Display car park was just £2.90 for the whole day (more money to spend on ice creams in the little car park café - result!).

The walk down to the beach was a bit steep and you had to navigate the boulders and rocks to get on to the beach itself, but it was so worth it! Thankfully my husband had the sense to check the tide times before we set off, so the tide was out and revealed a beach which is simply stunning.

The kids hadn’t really been thrilled at the thought of “going for a walk at Danes Dyke” but I think that we were all surprised by what greeted us and the kids quickly kicked off their shoes and ran off to explore the rock pools. It’s a great beach for doing gymnastics, building sandcastles and scouring for fossils and weird shaped rocks. When the kids came back asking questions about a large, chalky stone they'd found which closely resembled a face, we had great fun making up a ghostly story about “The Mask of Danes Dyke”. The kids were sold, this was "the best day ever”!

When the tide came in, we headed back to the car by a different route and came across a couple of rope swings, which provided another hour of fun!

For children who didn’t really want "to go for a walk” when we left the house, they sure did a lot of walking (…and climbing, running, jumping, swinging….the list goes on). We ended up scrambling up the side of the ravine to get back on the path, but even that turned into a game of Ninja Warrior and my nephew was crowned winner of “Beat the Wall” whilst we all cheered him on!!

All in all a fabulous day. Although there is a little café in the car park, we did take a packed lunch to eat on the beach (making sure we took our litter home with us) and we got really reasonably priced ice creams at the end of the day. There’s also some toilets at the car park for a quick loo stop before getting back in the car.

If you love exploring, you’ll love Danes Dyke. I feel like we’ve found a little gem of a place and we’ll definitely be going back soon.


All prices are correct at the time of publication. Please check the website before travelling for any changes or announcements.

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