Spurn point is Yorkshire’s very own Lands End – an iconic and constantly moving peninsula which curves between the North Sea and the Humber Estuary. At over three miles long but as little as 50 metres wide, this landscape is unique and ever-changing.
Depending on your interests, there is a lot to see and photograph, including the lighthouse and old war defences. However, In my opinion the only reason to come to Spurn Point photographically, is the old decaying sea defences / groynes that litter the east facing shoreline.
If you are here to photograph the groynes, it is best to be here for a very high tide (see warning below) and photograph the groynes as the tide falls. This way you can maximise the play of water around the wooden structures. In my opinion, it is the stretch of beach between A and B on the map below, that provides the best value photographically.
Jutting out into the mouth of the Humber, Spurn is very much exposed to the elements. You should be aware that there is a half-mile ‘wash-over’ section of sand which is covered by water at certain high tides, effectively cutting the end of the peninsula off from the mainland.
Strong currents and soft sand underfoot mean that it is very dangerous to enter the water over the wash-over section – please do not make any attempt to cross the wash-over until all the water has gone. Make sure you plan your visit by checking the tide times carefully before you go and pay close attention to the latest information on display once you get there.
Yorkshire Wildlife Trust provides a tide timetable showing which high tides will cover the wash-over which can be viewed here.
Yorkshire : England
Coast / Seascape
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Easy – made up paths and then beach walking
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Car Park at Spurn Discovery Centre
Free for Members of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
£5 all day for non-members
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Also limited free parking currently on the road past the discovery centre.
All information correct as of December 2022
Leave the car park, turn left and follow the road. Go through the gate and follow the road until you get to the beach. Continue to the right and follow the shoreline until you get to the first set of groynes (marked A on the map below). The best photographic opportunities start here and further along the beach until you get to B on the map below.Download file for GPS
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