Selwicks Bay

Selwicks Bay is a rugged part of the Yorkshire coast located just a short distance from popular Flamborough Head and Thornwick Bay. This part of the Yorkshire coastline is less popular with families looking to spend the full day dipping in and out of the sea, but more appealing to those wanting to hunt for fossils or walk the Cleveland Way trail.

Selwicks Bay

About Selwicks Bay

Selwicks Bay has plenty of nooks and cranny’s to explore, so if you’re into searching for fossils or just shell collecting, Selwicks Bay is a great afternoon out.


Located close to Flamborough Head lighthouse which is a great place to spot birds and take in the views out to sea.

Getting to Selwicks Bay

The best way to reach Selwicks Bay is to drive to Flamborough and park in the pay and display car park near to Flamborough Head lighthouse.

On foot

Across from the car park and cafe in Flamborough, you’ll see a set of steps which take you down to Selwicks Bay. The walk down is steep so you should wear suitable footwear and if you are taking a dog with you, make sure you have a strong lead.

Walking to Selwicks Bay from Bridlington is common among seasoned walkers as you get to take in the sights of South Landing and Danes Dyke along the way.

Steps to Selwicks Bay

By car

If you want to reach Selwicks Bay by car, you should park in one of Flamborough’s pay and display car parks and head down the steps to the sandy area. This is the closest you can park to Selwicks Bay.

By bus

You can get the bus directly to Flamborough from Bridlington or Thornwick Bay, but you will need to make the rest of the journey on foot.

Facilities at Selwicks Bay

There are little to no facilities at Selwicks Bay, but nearby Flamborough does have facilities which is just a short walk away.

Toilets: The nearest toilets are located just by Flamborough Head lighthouse in the public car park.

Washing facilities: There are no showers (but you can wash off from the beach in the toilets).

Cafe’s/Restaurants: There’s a cafe located close to the entrance of the pay and display car park in Flamborough which serves a range of hot and cold food with plenty of seating inside.

Shops: The closest shop is by the pay and display car park in Flamborough which sells a range of gifts and souvenirs.

Are dogs allowed on Selwicks Bay beach?

Dogs are allowed to be walked on Selwicks Bay beach and there are no restrictions at any time of year, making it a popular beach with dog walkers.

What is there to do at Selwicks Bay?

There are no activities to do at Selwicks Bay due to the nature of the beach.

Fossil hunting is a popular activity due to the rugged coastline which exposes them within the rocks. Rock pooling would be a great option to keep the young ones entertained.

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