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Danes Dyke

  • Danes Dyke Cafe Danes Dyke Flamborough East Yorkshire Yo15 1AA
  • 01262 850430
  • danesdyke.com/
  • Family & Seaside, Nature & Gardens,
  • Cafe (Summer) from 10am until 5pm.

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About Danes Dyke

Danes Dyke was declared a Local Nature Reserve in 2002 in recognition of its wildlife value and its importance to the local community. Local Nature Reserves aim to protect places of special interest and provide opportunities for research, education and informal enjoyment. 

The reserve is part of one of the finest stretches of coastland on the east coast. This unique sea and cliff environment is protected as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and its seabird colonies mark it as a Special Protection Area.

"Danes Dyke is a real piece of heaven."

The offshore environment has been identified as a Sensitive Marine Area and a Special Area of conservation. In 1979 the area was designated a Heritage Coast due to its rich history and landscape. Danes Dyke Local Nature Reserve acquires its name from the ancient ditch and bank earthwork, which runs through the reserve. Danes Dyke runs for 4km across the whole of the Flamborough Headland, from the nature reserve here in the south to Cat Nab on the Bempton Cliffs in the north.

It consists of two constructed features, a flat-topped bank and a west-facing ditch. The bank was constructed from earth, stacked turfs and chalk rubble, much of which would have come from the ditch. Undoubtedly constructed as a defensive feature, it would have posed a formidable barrier, topped with a wooden palisade fence. Although no exact date has been given to its construction, comparisons with other post Roman earthworks of a similar size have been made. In particular with Aberford Dykes in the West Riding, which has been dated back to the Dark Ages.

Today, Danes Dyke is a Scheduled Ancient Monument of national importance. We hope you will discover what a special place Danes Dyke is by exploring the woodland trails or visiting the seashore.

Discover the Reserve

Hidden History 

Arriving in the car park, the woodlands of the reserve stretch out in all directions. However the trees give away its secret history. The monkey puzzle and other exotic trees seen here were much loved by the Victorians who would have known a very different Danes Dyke to that we see today. The car park is now situated on the former site of a grand house built in 1873 for Frances Elizabeth Cotterell-Dormer, lady of the Manor of Flamborough. The house was demolished in 1953. As well as the exotic parkland trees, the woods contain trees that now grow naturally in East Yorkshire. As you follow the tree trail the ash, elm, lime, beech and sycamore trees tower above you along the ravine edges, with the smaller hawthorn and elder trees nestling beneath them.

In the main car park the café serves hot and cold refreshments from locally produced sandwiches and Cornish pasties to all your favourite summertime ice creams the café is usually open all week during the summer period from 10am until 5pm.


There is also a toilet block situated in the main car park. These facilities are open between 8am and 6pm daily.
With outside and sheltered seating, the café is a welcome sight after all your walking and exploring. This is truly a great place, it is a welcome quiet corner of the world for you to play, exercise or contemplate the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Many people come to Danes Dyke and just sit on one of the many benches, and simply read a book or just take a moment to reflect in the peace and tranquillity.

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