The Drinking Dinosaur
Landmark Flamborough East Riding Of Yorkshire

The Drinking Dinosaur

Landmark In Flamborough, East Riding Of Yorkshire

A sea arch and rock formation that is said to resemble a drinking dinosaur at Flamborough Head.

Along the dramatic coastline of Flamborough Head, a natural wonder has captured the imagination for centuries. Nicknamed the "Drinking Dinosaur", this intriguing rock formation isn't a fossilised prehistoric beast, but rather a testament to the power of erosion and a touch of human fancy.

The Drinking Dinosaur is actually a sea arch, a natural bridge carved by the waves of the North Sea. Standing roughly 30 meters tall, the arch features a distinctive pillar on its left side, resembling the long neck of a dinosaur taking a giant gulp from the sea. This resemblance has sparked local folklore and turned the geological formation into a beloved landmark.

The exact geological age of the Drinking Dinosaur is unknown, but it's estimated to be around 130 million years old, so the rocks may have been laid down during the Cretaceous Period when actual dinosaurs roamed the planet! The headland itself is composed of chalk, a soft sedimentary rock formed from the compressed remains of marine organisms millions of years ago and over time, wind, waves and tidal currents have carved away at the chalk cliffs, creating the dramatic sea stacks, caves, and coves that define the landscape today.

The specific formation of the Drinking Dinosaur can be attributed to two factors, the presence of a band of harder rock, running through the chalk, and the action of waves hitting the base of the cliff face over millennia causing the erosion of the softer chalk at a faster rate, eventually forming a complete archway. The pillar resembling a dinosaur's neck is the remaining section of the harder rock band.

Folklore surrounding the Drinking Dinosaur adds a layer of charm to this natural wonder. Local legends often associate the formation with specific dinosaurs, with some tales suggesting it's a petrified Stegosaurus or a long-necked plesiosaur. While these stories are purely imaginative, they highlight the inspiring nature of the formation and its ability to spark curiosity.

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54.114476, -0.076642

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Parking is available nearby at the Flamborough Head and Lighthouse car park.

Contributed by Andrew Gardner

I love being outdoors, in nature, and experiencing the relaxation it brings. Wandering through the northern countryside seeing unexpected buildings, historic places and occasionally surprised wildlife is one of life's great pleasures.

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The Drinking Dinosaur was listed in Landmark // East Riding Of Yorkshire // Flamborough