Friday, 28 December 2012

Cobwebs blown away at Spurn Point

Looking south to Spurn Point on the estuaryside
We had a post Christmas walk to blow the cobwebs away at Spurn. This example of a "Spit" is a wild and desolate place in stormy weather as it was when we visited. Abandoned Military and beach management structures make for interesting viewing after they've been battered by the sea for decades. Spurn is owned by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and is a National Nature Reserve - http://www.ywt.org.uk/reserves/spurn-national-nature-reserve.





Debris from abandoned coastal defences
The end of the spit known as Spurn Point is home to a lifeboat station, the operating base for the Humber Pilots and to Vessel Traffic Services who manage shipping in the Humber Estuary and it's approaches. This collection of essential services mean that a route is kept open to the point despite the best endeavours of the sea to breach the Spit. At it's narrowest the spit is not much more than 10 metres wide. This 8 mile walk certainly blew the cobwebs away and helped walk off some the Christmas excess.

Choppy Seas

Beach Debris

Groynes on Parade

Weathered by time and tide

All lined up

Through the keyhole 

Blowing sand

Washed up tyre


Washed up crab pot

Spurn Lighthouse


Open sandy beaches

Pilots heading home

Blowing sand

Always ready


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