Spurn Point (sightseeing) Route Details

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Introduction

A drive across the flat lands to the east of Hull, and out to Spurn point, a curious spur of land sticking out in the Humber estuary

Conditions

The road out Spurn is narrow. Some is well surfaced, but the odd bit is very sandy and quite tricky to drive

Detailed description

Shaped like a comma sticking out from the south eastern part of Yorkshire, Spurn Point is facinating destination. It has long been an strategic location guarding the mouth of the Humber, yet the location of the actual point is constanty changing. Currently the majority of the point is a nature reserve, although it does also play host to a lifeboat station and  various functions to do with the Humber ports.

From Hull and points east, you soon leave behind the industrial and post industrial landscape of the Humber waterfront, and pass through some flat but pleasant countryside, and pretty villages. Although the sea is not far away on two sides, there's little sign of this until you reach Easington, which is dominated by wind turbines and flare towers of the gas terminal, for it is here where gas from Norway is brought ashore.As you go south you suddenly realise you are on an ever smaller wedge of land, surrounded by sea which is visibly eroding the coast. Once past Kilnsea, there's a visitors centre and cafe, and then after a short drive to the gate.

Dogs are not allowed on the point, even if they stay in the car. Once you have paid you three pounds admission to the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust you are free to drive down the point. You soon sea the northsea on one side, with waves breaking on a long sandy beach and the mudflats of the Humber on the other. The dunes are shifting here, and the road is made up of a series of narrow sandy diversions ever further any from the North Sea, as the point is eroding fast here. The road is very very close to the high tide line on the estuary side, and can even be partially flooded in certain conditions.  After a while the dunes widen again, and the road climbs back onto the orginal concrete roadway. Keep an eye out for the curious sight of rails embedded in the road, from the old railway, long since abandoned which was built to supply WWI forts on the point. As you head towards the lighthouse the dunes widen, and you can no longer see the sea. Park at the car park, and if the tide is out enough walk around to the point, passing under the peir where the life boats and Huber pilot boats are laucnhed. As you walk around to the point you'll see a constant stream of shipping passing close by the point, and pilot boats passing back and forward from the peir to the ships.

At the point savour the sight of sea on 3 sides, and the far off view down the estuary to Hull, and across to North Lincolnshire. On a clear day you can see a long way indeed. Just around the point you can see visible reminders of the power of the sea, in the shape of rusted iron from ship wrecks, and the remains of sea defences. At one time there were coastal defences intended to stop the action of the sea, but these have been given up on, and nature allowed to take it's course. Come back on to the beach just past the lighthouse (although the sea is cold in sumer the pools at low tide are warmed by the sun enough to paddle in), and head back to the car park.

If time permits walk to the 'village' at Spurn point, of some old buildings from various forts, and some newer houses built to house the lifeboat crew.There is a cafe which is sometimes open by the village. Head away from the village, and towards the strange looking control tower which helps guide shipping into the Humber. An easy path heads past the remains of various forts. Despite being so near to the sea, and being able to hear the waves, you can't actually see the sea as the dune and the scrubby trees hide the sea. Just off the path are the thick concrete walls of two coast defence gun emplacements. They are broken up now, and shelter some of the few trees on the point, but you can still see just how thick the walls are. Head back along the path past the stone built remains of the fort and back to the car park, and then head back. The Crown and Anchor pub just north of the gates is a good place to stop and take in the views across the water.

 

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