Out in the waves

SPURN POINT, East York­shire

Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - Discover -

Spurn Point is a dra­matic tad­pole of land that curls a gi­ant right-an­gle into the sea at the mouth of the Hum­ber es­tu­ary. A Na­tional Na­ture Re­serve and an is­land at high tide, it is three miles long and only 50m wide in places, with sandy beaches on both sides, and just enough land to have at­tracted some ex­cel­lent York­shire names like Greedy Gut, Stony Binks and Nump­ties Watch­point.

Not much chance of a cir­cu­lar walk here, your choices are to walk out and back along the beaches, on the foot­path, or on the road it­self which is now closed to ve­hi­cles. Keep an eye out for the vast num­bers of mi­grant birds, and also lizards, roe deer, and seals, plus the abun­dant fos­sils on the beaches. It’s well worth climb­ing the 100-year-old light­house at the end for the aerial view of your frag­ile, au­da­cious, skinny lit­tle spit out in the wild North Sea, and there’s a new vis­i­tor cen­tre and café at the land end too.

ALL AT SEA Teth­ered by a thread and sur­rounded by waves: Spurn Point lets you feel at sea, while stand­ing on land.

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