It was hard to know where best to review this as the bird cruise is quite distinct from the clifftop experience at RSPB Bempton Cliffs. But the boat is the Yorkshire Belle.
We've wanted to do this trip for quite some time but the timings were awkward without overnight accommodation and the booking arrangements complicated. Thankfully this year, there was a very straightforward online booking system accessed via the RSPB site, and we booked in at the new Premier Inn in Bridlington.
Our early evening trip was superb. I would recommend taking binoculars, although there are some available to borrow. Do take the guidance on having warm and waterproof clothing to hand seriously. I would also urge the use of sunscreen - I burned, despite half the trip being in very heavy and unforecast rain. It was handy to have a bar to buy basic drinks and snacks and for the less hardy to retreat to out of the rain. Our trip was well supplied with volunteers who enhanced the trip in all sorts of ways (eg showing us different types of eggs) and the fact that one of the seabird researchers thought it was worth coming says much for the quality of the experience. The commentary was excellent and meant we saw and identified more than we otherwise would have. The balance of exposition to leaving passengers to appreciate the experience for themselves was spot on. We were able to get close to the cliffs and we gained a new appreciation for the work at RSPB Bempton Cliffs seeing how 'precarious' the new viewing points are on the clifftop.
You do not need to be particularly interested in birds to appreciate the trip - the scenery is glorious and you get views and perspectives not otherwise available, such as the folds in the rock and the many, many sea caves. There are other watercraft about to see too.
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