A reasonably bright and mostly sunny day, though there is still a harsh coastal breeze running. Today we are headed for Hornsea a medium sized active fishing port. We found parking at the far end of the town on the sea front above South Cliff Sands, further south these are topped with caravan parks as far as the eye can see.
As the beach to the south has all been swallowed up by the tide we wandered along the promenade towards the main part of town. Our timing was (unwittingly) perfect as we stopped to watch the fishermen arrive back from sea.
With tractors all lined up at the top of the beach to tow them in and across the road to the boatyard and their cold rooms.
Towards the centre of town is the main beach and opposite a mixture of seaside attractions, cafes and bars. There is quite a significant amount of building work going on so I suppose the promenade will look quite different in a year or two. The overall impression is quite nice and reasonably successful, which is always good to see.
Towards the end of the promenade a marker that we recognise…
Sure enough it is an end marker for the 215 mile Trans-Pennine coast to coast Trail. From Southport (5th November 2018) to Hornsea today (6th February 2020). Southport marker….
That would have been one hell of a shortcut but somewhat missing the point of this coast to coast journey the ‘Poppydog Beach Trail’.
As the tide is fast taking over we caught a glimpse of North Cliff beach before making our way back to the car.
On our return journey we make a couple of stop offs on the way, as we understand that much of this coast is fairly inaccessible due to recent erosion. First stop is Atwick where part of the road had dropped off into the sea but the beach was still accessible and with its lines of caravans still bravely strewn across the tops looks set to remain for a while.
Next was Skipsea – access road, car park and cafe all gone and clear evidence of the caravan sites perched along the top having to shunt back a bit!
Finally we popped along to see Ulrome, like Skipsea the village itself is a bit away from the cliff edges but the caravan parks are clearly feeling the pinch as here too the access road and pedestrian access has gone.
It must be terrible for these small economies to have their future, literally washed away. Who wants to stay in a cliff top caravan that is in danger of being washed away in the next storm and where you can see the beach but can’t safely access it?