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Withernsea North


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What’s so special about this location?

What is Coastal Erosion?
View this BBC video on the coastal erosion, focusing on the Withernsea and the Holderness Coast.

Stories of Coastal Erosion
If you look around Withernsea bay, you will see it has groynes all along the front from the north of Withernsea to the south. These timber groynes are essential in helping to keep the sand from moving further down the coast. Without having the sand there to support the coastal structures it would collapse and put Withernsea at further risk from the sea.

As well as the groynes, Withernsea has a seawall which is protecting the coastline from erosion. It reflects the energy from the waves back out to the sea.

The data collected from the Withernsea Lifeboat will help us evaluate the impact of these and other defences on coastal erosion and input into our understanding of the ecology of the rock environment.

Fun activity to do
Fossils from the Jurassic period are known to be found along the Holderness coast. Here at the Withernsea Lifeboat you can take part in the Withernsea fossil trail as you walk along the promenade, ticking off all the different fossils you may find:

Fossil Furlongs

The Withernsea community worked with the University of Hull on photography, poetry and music in response to the impacts of coastal erosion, to make this short film.

Your logo here! We’re inviting schools from across Hull and East Yorkshire to get involved and provide a #Hashtag name for a specific ActiveLearning location. We will include information about each naming school on the website page for that location, referencing them as ‘guardians’.

Explore, discover and capture moments to help our planet

CoastSnap works by enlisting members of the public to take part in our global citizen science project, to capture through your smartphone images of how our dynamic world is changing over time.

By using something called Photogrammetry, scientists can use your photos to make maps at an accuracy similar to that of professional survey team. This is why each location has a camera cradle for you to use and precisely orient your phone and photo. All the information can be recorded via the App or uploading to social media channels. The more photos we have of a particular location, the better our understanding becomes of how environments, such as coastlines, are changing over time, and thus helping communities, local government and stakeholders to better manage these valuable environments.

Add your snap

1. Visit one of our CoastSnap locations.
2. Open the app and create an account with your email address.
3. Select the CoastSnap station for your location.
4. Add your photo using the plus button to ‘update spot’ and follow the on-screen instructions.
5. Place your phone within the cradle so that the camera is facing away from you and is in the correct landscape position.
6. Complete the ‘update spot’ form in the app and save your snap to submit it. You can also upload a recent photo from your gallery.
7. If you don’t have the CoastSnap app, you can still share the photo via social media channels (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter handles)
8. Take the snap and share it via on our social media channels using the location hashtag #withernseadragonfly

What happens to my snap?
We will use your CoastSnap images to map the way the environment changes over time. Your image is an accurate record of the locality at that moment. Your image will become part of a community database and will enable us to monitor how different environments are changing through time, creating time-lapse movies of the location.

What’s in the area?

Burton Constable Hall

Have fun exploring our parkland and gardens, learn about the history of this wonderful house and grounds, and discover the lives of the workers who supported this country house and explore newly restored horse stalls, stable lads quarters and tack rooms. 


Visit the picturesque town, take in the magnificent Church of St Augustine, known as the King of Holderness because of its cathedral-like proportions and enjoy the bustling market of local producers and sellers every Wednesday.

Withernsea Lighthouse

One of only a handful of lighthouses set inland, Withernsea lighthouse takes pride of places within the town centre and is now home to a museum, which pays tribute local 1950’s famous film star, Kay Kendall.

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