Spurn Point



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A truly awesome place, Spurn Point – also called Spurn Head – is the impossibly narrow sand-spit sticking out of the East Riding of Yorkshire. It reaches into the North Sea to form the north bank of the Humber estuary, curling round for more than 3 miles. Anchored by little more than marram grass and steeped in history, it’s a National Nature Reserve with a string of impressive accolades. Best of all, a vast number of migrating birds, blown down from Scandinavia or on their way north from Africa, know it as a great stop-off place for a breather. To get to the nature reserve at the tip you’ll need to walk or cycle – but be careful, the sea washes over the beach here and access is not always possible. There’s a visitor centre, and hides are set along the spit for birders to watch from; leave your dog at home – they’re not even allowed here in your car.

Spurn Point
Kilnsea, EASINGTON, HU12 0UH


About the area

Discover North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire, with its two National Parks and two designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is England’s largest county and one of the most rural. This is prime walking country, from the heather-clad heights of the North York Moors to the limestone country that is so typical of the Yorkshire Dales – a place of contrasts and discoveries, of history and legend.

The coastline offers its own treasures, from the fishing villages of Staithes and Robin Hood Bay to Scarborough, one time Regency spa and Victorian bathing resort. In the 1890s, the quaint but bustling town of Whitby provided inspiration for Bram Stoker, who set much of his novel, Dracula, in the town. Wizarding enthusiasts head to the village of Goathland, which is the setting for the Hogwarts Express stop at Hogsmeade station in the Harry Potter films.

York is a city of immense historical significance. It was capital of the British province under the Romans in AD 71, a Viking settlement in the 10th century, and in the Middle Ages its prosperity depended on the wool trade. Its city walls date from the 14th century and are among the finest in Europe. However, the gothic Minster, built between 1220 and 1470, is York’s crowning glory.


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