Accommodations in Withernsea near Spurn Point (Withernsea, United Kingdom)
Spurn Point (Withernsea, United Kingdom)
Spurn Point, or Spurn Head as it is also known, is a nature reserve that has been in the care of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust since 1960. It is a long, thin sand bank that juts out into the Humber Estuary for just over 3 miles (4.8km), At its narrowest point it is only 46m wide. The eastern shore of the peninsula is bordered by the North Sea, whilst its western shore is on the Humber. The eastern edge of this strip of land is one of the fastest eroding places in Britain and as a result the shape of the Spurn peninsula changes annually. It provides an unique habitat for plants and other wildlife, but is especially noted for the migrant birds and insects that it attracts. A narrow road runs along the length of the peninsula to a RNLI lifeboat station at the end, but there is an admission charge of £2.50 per vehicle to drive beyond the first car parking area. A public bus runs to the lifeboat station approximately every hour. Spurn Point has a small visitor centre where details of the latest bird and other wildlife sightings can be found and there are also two lighthouses. There has been a lighthouse here since 1427 and the old lighthouse was last used in 1847 when it was replaced by the current lighthouse.
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