Holderness Coast in the north east of England stretches for 61½
km from the high chalk cliffs of Flamborough Head in the north to
the sand spit of Spurn Point in the south. Renowned for having the
highest erosion rates in Europe, the Holderness coast is quoted
as eroding at 1.8m per annum. The coastline itself is comprised
of low sedimentary cliffs, at the base of which are thin narrow
For specific erosion issues found within this parish see the following links:
University of Hull
The geography department at the University of Hull have developed
a website whereby colour aerial photographs showing 60 km of the
Holderness coast have been overlaid with first edition 1852 Ordnance
Survey maps. By clicking on the map, the user can bring up one kilometre
strips of the Holderness coastline showing the rates of retreat.
The following links show aerial photos and map overlays of coastal
erosion along the Easington to Spurn coastline - taken from the
the geography department.
to Coastal Stretch 1
to Coastal Stretch 2
to Coastal Stretch 3
to Coastal Stretch 4
to Coastal Stretch 5
to Coastal Stretch 6
to Coastal Stretch 7
to Coastal Stretch 8
to Coastal Stretch 9
to Coastal Stretch 10
to Coastal Stretch 11
to Coastal Stretch 12
to Coastal Stretch 13
Humber Estuary & Coast - Institute of Estuarine and Coastal Studies (IECS), 1994.
This report by IECS produced in 1994 for Humberside County Council
provides an overview of the current knowledge on coastal processes
and landforms in the Humberside and Lincolnshire coastal zone. The
section on the Holderness coast provides information on the geology
and physical processes operating at the coast, rates of erosion
and coastal defence measures. Link
East Riding of Yorkshire Council
The East Riding of Yorkshire Council have been carrying out cliff
erosion between Sewerby and Kilnsea since 1951. The following three
links show the 116 erosion posts monitored and average erosion rates.
to erosion posts 1 to 39.
to erosion posts 40 to 78.
to erosion posts 79 - 116.
Link to information on coastal defences and erosion issues at the Easington Gas Terminals
Link to information on coastal defences and erosion issues at Spurn Peninsula
Link to 'Internet Geography' site giving the geology and coastal features of Spurn
Land Ocean Interaction Study (LOIS)
Link to information on coastal defences and erosion issues at Sunk Bight
Images of the Area
Link to images of the coastline and village of Easington and Spurn Head
More information about coastal erosion on the Holderness coast
and in this parish can be found by searching under the general Erosion
and Flooding section.