The Puffins at Bempton Cliffs
Bempton is famous for its beautiful Puffins. We are very proud to have them
in our logo, as they are such a fundamental part of the beautiful
natural habitat that surrounds our cottages.
Bempton Cliffs RSPB Nature Reserve is just a 40 minute walk, or short car ride away from PK Cottages and so this is the perfect place to stay if you want to spot the Puffins. Bempton Cliffs welcomes thousands of Puffins every year
so hopefully you will get to see one on your next visit!
Bempton Puffins FAQs
When are the Puffins at Bempton Cliffs?
The best time to spot them is mid April to mid July with June probably being the best month.
Can you walk to Bempton Cliffs from Bempton?
Yes! It is about a 35 minute walk down Cliff lane. Please do not leave your car in Bempton though as there is very little parking in the village. Of course, if you stay with us at PK Cottages you can walk there from your cottage in less than 45 minutes so won't need to take your car at all. The walk there is lovely and its the perfect, hassle free way to get to the Cliffs.
Are puffins hard to spot?
Yes a little as they are quite small birds, but it is fun looking as you will see thousands of other great birds too and it feels fantastic when you do finally spot them.
Do you have to pay at Bempton Cliffs?
Bempton Cliffs and the footpath along it is a public footpath so you can walk along there for free (if you enter from along the cliffs) but to park your car in the car park or enter the RSPB centre with cafe and toilets you will need to pay. The money they get from visitors helps them preserve the area and also create things like the wooden viewing points and information signs. If you are a member of the RSPB then you can get access for free and you can sign up to be a member when you arrive. Otherwise entrance fees are:
Free entrance for first child
Free entrance for under 5s
Is it busy at Bempton Cliffs?
In the Summer and around the best Puffin viewing months (April - July) then the answer is definitely yes! There is plenty of open space on the cliffs and along the coastal walks but the car parks get full very quickly and the next proper parking is then a few miles away. Bempton is a small village so please do not park your car in the village or blocking footpaths as it can be a real problem for the local community. Of course if you stay with us you won't need to worry about your car as, if you don't mind a beautiful walk along country lanes, you can walk there from your cottage in about 40 minutes.
What is the best time of day to visit Bempton Cliffs and the Puffins?
Every part of the day is beautiful in its own way, as the light and bird behaviour alters as the day progresses. If you are an early riser, then dawn is a fabulous time to visit and if you can possibly avoid 11am-2pm then do, as that is probably when it is at its busiest. Of course if you visit in the winter then there are less crowds and you will still see some amazing wildlife, stunning birds and wonderful views. So wrap up warm and book your winter break!