Spurn Point Walk - June 15th

Posted 15/6/2019

Anyone who saw when DVWG’s April to June 2019 walks diary when it was published earlier this year will probably recollect our intention to lead a walk at Tan Hill In on the North Pennines on June 15th. Unfortunately we were unable to secure a bus for return travel and we therefore had to substitute this outing with a Spurn Point Walk.

What a substitute it turned out to be.

The journey to Kilnsea is not easy, a slow road network east of Hull means that it is an additional 45 minutes to travel there. The villages between Hull and Kilnsea are quaint but lack a lot of the basic facilities we take for granted.

Our party arrived in Kilnsea and prior to parking had already taken a glimpse of the Humber Estuary in its full glory as we approached the car park, parking alongside the now deserted Blue Bell Café.

Our walk commenced along the road leading out to Spurn Point passing the observatory of the Spurn Nature Reserve to where the road becomes a dead end, here we walked a stretch of beach through some quite soft sand to reach a causeway path which led out onto the peninsula.

I expected that the walk would have an exposed feel with sea always visible at either side, however on the causeway it was somewhat sheltered due to the high sea defences, our view was inwards to the Humber which was at quite low tide.

As we neared the lighthouse we were able to see several cargo ships which were being guided out of the river and were able to witness their speed of travel. Soon we were at the Humber Lifeboat Station and the views started to open out quite dramatically.

From here we were unable to walk much further on the causeway, however as the tide was low we able to extend our intended walk and drop onto the adjacent beach and walked along one of the most unspoilt stretches of coastline in the region to the very southern tip of Spurn Point. Here there was a lovely wide expanse of golden sand and views both out to sea and across to Cleethorpes and Grimsby. It was quite eerie to view the two forts in the Humber Estuary from the opposite side for a change.

On the southern tip of the point we got quite up close and personal with a rather fast moving cargo vessel called the Ark Dania.

Re-tracing our steps back to the lifeboat station and an extended lunch stop took place before walking back along the causeway and beach to Kilnsea and the end of our walk.

Best of all the weather was better than we dared hope for and the rain stayed away throughout our walk.

Anyone who is considering a trip to Spurn Point will not regret it, it is a simply beautiful place, which unfortunately is eroding away, we certainly saw evidence of this with fragments of broken up road etc. along the way. There are several other pieces of evidence of WWII along the way, not to mention the beautiful beaches and stunning views. It will certainly be a place where DVWG will return at some point.

All good walks finish at a good pub and the Crown and Anchor in Kilnsea was no exceptions where from its benches outside the front door we were able to view the Humber Estuary in all its glory before taking our long journey home.

Well done to the eleven adults and one junior who attended this 8.7 miles walk. A big hello and welcome also goes out to David Freeman who walked with DVWG for the first time today.