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Nature, Parks & Gardens

We’re a wild lot here on the coast. When you live by the sea, nature is part of everyday life, even in the biggest towns. The Yorkshire coast is home to some of the best bird-watching in the world, including the UK’s largest and most accessible mainland nesting colony of gannets at Bempton Cliffs. The 400ft chalk cliffs are also home to the unmistakable puffin, giving you the best chance on mainland England to spot one of these sought-after seabirds.

You can whale watch from Whitby or Filey, spot autumn migrants at Spurn Point, and see seals, porpoises and even the occasional shark up and down the coast.

All of these places and many more form the Yorkshire Nature Triangle – an area of East Yorkshire renowned for a rich array of spectacular wildlife.

We also take great pride in our many parks and gardens; we may be wild, but we’re also green-fingered!

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Helmsley Walled Garden

Helmsley Walled Garden

Cleveland Way, Helmsley, North Yorkshire, YO62 5AH

Helmsley Walled Garden, five acres of stunning herbaceous borders, Victorian vine houses, Kitchen Garden, Orchard and other garden rooms.

Living Seas Centre

Living Seas Centre

Southsea Road, Flamborough, BRIDLINGTON, Yorkshire, YO15 1AE

Begin your family’s adventure and exploration of Yorkshire’s own stretch of the North Sea at the free-to-enter YWT Living Seas Centre at South Landing.

Spurn National Nature Reserve

Spurn National Nature Reserve

Spurn Head, Kilnsea, HULL, HU12 0UH

Spurn is a truly unique place; a long stretch of sand extending three and half miles into the Humber Estuary.

Memorial Gardens

Memorial Gardens

New Road, Hornsea, HU18 1PQ

Hornsea

Hornsea

HORNSEA, East Yorkshire, HU18 1AB

Fantastic coastal views and seascapes. Viewing area, picnic site, toilets and car park.

Flamborough South Landing

Flamborough South Landing

Flamborough South Landing, Flamborough, BRIDLINGTON, Yorkshire, YO15 1AG

South Landing beach lies on the south side of Flamborough Head, just over 3 miles north-east of Bridlington, within an area which has been designated a Local Nature Reserve.

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Ellerburn Bank Nature Reserve

Dalby Forest Drive, Dalby Forest, PICKERING, North Yorkshire, YO18 7LU

A warm sunny day brings this limestone grassland to life, with colourful butterflies such as small copper and day-flying moths including six-spot burnet fluttering between vibrantly coloured meadow flowers.

Grandstand viewpoint at RSPB Bempton Cliffs

RSPB Bempton Cliffs

Cliff Lane, Bempton, Bridlington, YO15 1JF

Yorkshire Lavender

Yorkshire Lavender

Yorkshire Lavender, Terrington, North Yorkshire, YO60 6PB

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Filey Dams Nature Reserve

Wharfedale, FILEY, North Yorkshire, YO14 0DG

The last remaining freshwater marsh of any size in the area, Filey Dams is a magnet for migratory birds but is also a haven for plants, small mammals and amphibians.

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Harland Mount Nature Reserve

Stepney Hill, SCARBOROUGH, North Yorkshire, YO12 5NL

Set on a steep hill ascending out of Scarborough, this rough acid pasture and scrub woodland nature reserve offers beautiful views across the town and over the sea.

Falsgrave Park

Falsgrave Park

Top of Oak Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO12 4AP

Falsgrave Park is a valuable community green space attracting visitors from all over Scarborough to its play area, scenic variety woodland splendour and stunning coastal views.

Shuttleworth Gardens

Shuttleworth Gardens For The Blind

Esplanade, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 2AY

These special sensory gardens are filled with strongly scented, fragrant plants and flowers in raised beds, which are particulary appreciated by the blind.

Betton Farm Animal Farm

Betton Farm

Racecourse Road, East Ayton, North Yorkshire, YO13 9HT

Something to see for all the family meet farmyard friends ride on toy tractors play in the play area. Enjoy farm baking and home cooking in our restaurant

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Little Beck Wood Nature Reserve

Little Beck Lane, WHITBY, North Yorkshire, YO22 5HA

Little Beck Wood is a glorious mix of oak, ash, alder and cherry under the canopies of which lives a wealth of plants, mammals and insects.

The Star Inn, Harome

The Star Inn

High Street, Harome, nr Helmsley, North Yorkshire, YO62 5JE

A certain northern rootedness inspires Andrew's cooking, where poet and peasant co-exist in one menu.

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Fen Bog Nature Reserve

White Way Heads, Goathland, PICKERING, North Yorkshire, YO18 7AT

Surrounded by bright purple heather, with a variety of colourful sphagnum mosses underfoot, Fen Bog is a delightful moorland nature reserve.

Clock Tower Cafe

Sewerby Hall and Gardens

Church Lane, Sewerby, Bridlington, YO15 1EA

Sewerby Hall and Gardens is the place to visit all year round. Uniquely situated in a dramatic clifftop position with spectacular views over Bridlington and set in 50 acres of early 19th Century parkland.

Ampleforth Abbey

Ampleforth Abbey

Ampleforth, York, YO62 4EN

Ampleforth Abbey has been home to a Community of Benedictine monks since 1802. The Abbey Church is the centre of monastic life and is open to visitors all year round.

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Burton Riggs Nature Reserve

Off the A64 just outside Scarborough, Seamer, SCARBOROUGH, North Yorkshire, YO12 4QE

The large, open lakes at Burton Riggs make it a fantastic place to watch wildfowl and waders, particularly during autumn migration and over the winter months.