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All aboard for RSPB Bempton Cliffs

Last modified: 08 May 2015

Aerial view of RSPB Bempton Cliffs nature reserve

Find out about the quarter-of-a-million seabirds that flock to RSPB Bempton Cliffs each year.

Image: David Wootton

The train soon to be standing at Bempton railway station is the spring bank holiday, Puffin Special.

RSPB Bempton Cliffs and the Yorkshire Coast Community Rail Partnership (YCCRP) have put their heads together to create a fun day out by train to the internationally renowned nature reserve, between Bridlington and Filey, on Saturday 23 May. 

On board the train, passengers will be able to chat to RSPB staff and find out about the quarter-of-a-million seabirds that flock to the cliffs each year, with puffins taking centre stage. There’ll also be a competition and giveaways.

To make the journey extra- special, Mrs P, the reserve’s puffin mascot, will be hopping through the carriages, keen to have her photograph taken with as many children (and cuddle-loving grown-ups) as possible.

Gill Simpson of the YCCRP said the Puffin Special was a new initiative for the group: “We’ve had trains with Santa on them but never one that has an over-sized seabird on it.  We think it’s a great way of introducing new passengers to the line and new visitors to Bempton Cliffs.   A significant part of our role is to work closely with other organisations to promote the Hull to Scarborough line and we hope this is just the first of many partnership projects with RSPB Bempton Cliffs.”

A free minibus will be on standby to ferry passengers from the station to reserve and back again so visitors won’t have to walk further than the end of the platform. This is good news for those with toddlers or mobility issues and reinforces the intent to be the most accessible seabird colony in the country and reflects the RSPB’s commitment to supporting a sustainable public transport system.

Setting out from Hull at 09.47 am, the Northern Rail service will pick up at all stations along the line, arriving at Bempton at 10.45 am. 

The train will continue to Scarborough and visitors can board the train there at 11.28 am as it heads back to Hull, stopping again at Bempton at 11.58 am. 

The transfer to and from the reserve is included in the standard rail fare and anyone travelling on the train will get free entry to the new seabird centre and a free Puffin Patrol guided walk, worth up to £6.50.

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