Spurn Point


Spurn Point, also known as Spurn Head, is a narrow 3 mile long land spit that stretches into the North Sea from the coast of East Riding, Yorkshire.  It forms the north bank mouth of the Humber estuary and in places is as little as 50 yards wide.

It has been owned since 1960 by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and is a designated National Nature Reserve, Heritage Coast and is part of the Humber Flats, Marshes and Coast Special Protection Area.  Because this is a nature reserve dogs are not allowed.

There is a £3 entry fee if you wish to drive down the single track road along the spit but free if you wish to walk.  The car park is situated near the foot of the old disused lighthouse.  This lighthouse has not been used since 1986 and is now showing signs of neglect.

From the car park there are various short tracks leading over the dunes to the beach on the east side where you will find rows of old sea defences, or gorynes, which make fantastic foreground interest.  There is also pebbled/shingle areas, old bits of driftwood and plenty flotsam and jetsam giving endless photographic possibilities.  The dunes themselves can also make a good image taking in the lighthouse too.

The gorynes are visible at high water but photographically i feel this location would best suit a falling tide as the beach can be quite narrow in places.  At low water you will have large expanses of beach due to the large tidal movement.  Stay safe though and check the tide times before you leave.

On the west side there are large mud flats and photographers can make use of the hides to view migratory wildlife and the large number of waders and wildfowl that gather here.

So, in all,  it’s well worth a visit and ill definately be back again soon.

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About robferrol

I love photography. To capture a moment in time and make it last forever is a wonderful gesture and a fantastic gift to share with others. I'm a 'young at heart' 40 something year old who loves life & laughter. My family are my life and they make me laugh!! My photography covers many genres from weddings, Commercial, street & Landscapes. I hope you love what i share and share what i love!!

3 thoughts on “Spurn Point

  1. Some really great images, Rob. You have spurred me on to make the trip myself. I had forgotten how good it was- just hope I get the light you did. Thanks for the background info too.

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