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Spurn Point

Spurn Head, south of Kilnsea
East Riding of Yorkshire, HU12 0UH
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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.

Spurn has an extensive human history, leaving a legacy of fascinating but derelict buildings and hidden structures. But Spurn remains, and will always be, an utterly wild place. Always at the mercy of the elements, no two days at Spurn are ever the same.

Spurn is an iconic National Nature Reserve, famous for bird migration, but also for a wide range of other important wildlife and cultural heritage. Birds are the most visible migrants, but impressive movements of insects, including hoverflies, ladybirds, dragonflies and butterflies can occur.

A long, narrow, crooked finger of sand reaching out from the Holderness coast across the mouth of the mighty River Humber. This is Spurn, one of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s most iconic nature reserves. It is a wildlife-rich mosaic of beach, mudflats, saltmarsh, dunes, grassland, open water, saline lagoons and native sea buckthorn scrub.

Due to its prominent position, huge numbers of birds pass through Spurn during the year. The numbers and types of birds varies from week to week and is influenced by the weather conditions. The adjacent Humber Estuary is of international importance for its vast numbers of wildfowl and wading birds, which can be seen on passage in spring and autumn and during the winter.

Accessibility Information

Spurn Discovery Centre has an accessible entrance, accessible cafe and accessible toilet facilities. The car park has four disabled bays.

Spurn is a tidal island, with water cutting off the point from the mainland every high tide. The area of the washover is soft sand and constantly changing, and is not suitable for wheelchair users. The ground underfoot is uneven with trip hazards. There are wheelchair accessible routes around the north end of the reserve. From March next year, we hope to make a Boma 4x4 wheelchair available for hire (subect to conditions) which can be used to access the point.

Spurn Lighthouse is 128ft high with a steep and narrow staircase. The lighthouse is over a century old so and some stone floors and stairs may be worn and uneven in places.

Our Spurn Safari Unimog has a set of stairs to enter and leave the vehicle.

People using wheelchairs, powerchairs and mobility equipment can find more information about the reserve here, thanks to Accessible Nature