Out in the waves
SPURN POINT, East Yorkshire
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.