The history of fishing out of North Landing can be traced back to 13th century and at one time as many as 80 cobles operated out of the bay. The boats sat at the top of the beach are traditional Yorkshire cobles, specially designed and built to operate in areas with no harbour. The shallow keel allows the boats to be dragged up and down the beach and also offers stability when landing on the shore.


The cobles were originally powered by oars and sail but have now been modernised to include an engine and motorised pot hauler. Coble design is reputably based on the Viking longboat. The wide base allows stability at sea alongside easy beaching and control in shallow water. While only a few cobles now operate out of North Landing, there is still a thriving lobster and crab fishery.


The Yorkshire gansey is an important part of the fishing heritage not only at Flamborough but for other fishing towns such as Filey and Whitby.  These intricate sweaters were traditionally knitted by the fishermens wives.  They are made from a specific type of wool, used for its wind and water-proof properties.  Each gansey pattern was unique to the fishing town to which it belonged so that if men were ever lost at sea they could be traced back to their origins.  The fisherman's intials were also knitted into the welt along the bottom of the sweater.  Knitting a gansey is a lengthy process and takes great skill and patience.  Many of the fishermen at Flamborough still wear them at sea and benefit from their warmth and durability.