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    Spurn Head from Kilnsea, Spurn National Nature Reserve, East Yorkshire - Summary.

    Distance: 7.75 miles / 12.5 kilometers

    Time: 3 hours 30 minutes

    Grade: difficulty: Easy

    Map: OS Explorer 292 - Withernsea & Spurn Head

    Spurn Point summary

    Spurn Point sometimes referred to as Spurn Head is a narrow strip of land which is probably the most striking geographical feature of East Yorkshire coast as it hooks round in to the Humber Estuary. This 7.75 mile linear walk can be a truly fascinating walk at any time of the year.

    WARNING: Due to a tidal surge in December 2013 made the road unsafe, access to Spurn Head is only accessible on foot - It is critically IMPORTANT that no attempt is made to access the point during high tides. Check the Spurn Head tidal information before venturing out!
    Ensure there is enough time to make the return journey before high tide! Leave the dog at home, they are not even allowed in cars.

    There is a free car park with public toilets next to the Blue Bell Cafe, the cafe is open 1030-1600 daily. The walk starts from this car park, walk to the end of the car park, pass through a gate and turn right along east coast to follow the North Sea shoreline. The path is very clearly defined by a series of way markers. There is a second car park is about 3 miles along the road. From this point no vehicle access is allowed.

    The walk is flat over the sand and shingle bank that makes up the Spurn's fragile environment. The area is protected and any disturbance of the land is strictly forbidden. The area is managed by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. The site is very exposed, it is wise to carry a windproof jacket as the wind from the sea can be a bit nippy, even in summer.

    The Spurn is a haven for migrating birds, lizards, roe deer, and seals, in addition to which fossils are reported to have been regularly found among the pebbles on the beach, though I haven't had any luck yet. It is worth taking some time to have a wee forage among the pebbles and around the sea defences which date back to the Victorian era.

    Its most prominent feature being the lighthouse, records show that Spurn Head has supported a lighthouse since 1427. The present lighthouse was built 1893-1895, which is now empty was closed down on 31st of October 1986.

    The head is home to a full time RNLI life boat station was founded in 1810, due to the remote location, houses for the lifeboat crews and their families were added a few years later. The station is a full time station providing 24/7 cover. Due to the remote living conditions, the families were moved inland in 2012.

    The East Yorkshire village of  Kilnsea is a small settlement that was of strategic importance during World War I, an acoustic sound mirror from the First World War can still be seen in a field near the village. This enabled the military audibly detect enemy aircraft before they could be seen.