The 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 beaches.
For specific erosion issues found within this parish see the following
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. Link to the geography departments website showing aerial photos and map overlays of coastal erosion along the Ulrome parish coastline.
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.
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.