GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Skipsea Walks

5 miles (8.6 km)

This coastal village is located in theEast Riding of Yorkshire. It's a nice place for a stroll with a historic castle, beach walks and a Grade I listed 11th century church to see.
This walk from the village takes you to Skipsea Castle before heading to Skipsea Sands for an easy walk along the beach to the neighbouring village of Atwick.
The walk starts in the village centre and heads west to visit Skipsea Castle. The site is run by English Heritage and includes the remains of aNorman motte and bailey castle, dating from before 1086. You can climb to the top of the mound and enjoy some nice views over the area. The site also includes an Iron Age fort and an information board with more details. The castle can be found at Beeford Road, YO25 8TH.
After exploring the castle the walk then heads east back to the village before following a pleasant country lane to the coast. Here you can enjoy a walk south along the beach to the neighbouring village of Atwick, passing the Far Grange Park golf course and holiday caravan sites. On the way you will see evidence of significant coastal erosion which has left some properties very close to the edge.

Postcode

YO25 8SW - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Skipsea OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Skipsea Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near Skipsea

  • Driffield - This circular walk explores the Driffield Canal before heading to the neighbouring village of Nafferton along the Nafferton Brook
  • Bridlington to Flamborough Head Coastal Walk - Enjoy a wonderful coastal hike from Bridlington to Flamborough Head on the North York Moors coast
  • Hornsea Mere - Enjoy a walk along this lovely freshwater lake in the seaside town of Hornsea
  • Spurn Point - This walk explores the splendid Spurn Point National Nature Reserve on the tip of the coast of theEast Riding of Yorkshire
  • Tophill Low - This lovely nature reserve near Driffield is a splendid place for an easy waterside walk
  • Burton Constable - Explore the extensive parks and gardens of this Elizabethan country house near Hull

Pubs/Cafes

The Board Inn can be found at Back Street with postcode YO25 8SW. They serve good quality dishes and have a nice garden area to sit out in. The pub is also dog friendly if you have your canine friend with you.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

A few miles to the west of the village there's another local walking highlight at the delightful Tophill Low Nature Reserve. The reserve includes two pretty reservoirs and easy footpaths along the River Hull. It's a great place for birdwatching with several hides dotted around the site.
To the south there's the popular Hornsea Mere. The expansive mere has more nice waterside trails and wildlife. There's also the opportunity to visit the seaside resort of Hornsea and enjoy a stroll along the prom. Just south of here there's also Burton Constable where you'll find an historic old hall surrounded by Capability Brown landscaped parkland and gardens.

Photos

Skipsea Castle

The remains of Skipsea castle, a large motte, viewed across farmland from the south. Footings of a stone gatehouse lie upon the top of the 11thC motte. During a brief rebellion in 1221 against the King, William de Forz, Count of Aumale was ordered to relinquish his estates, this included Skipsea Castle, which was destroyed.

Castle bailey cattle - geograph.org.uk - 2472961

Castle bailey cattle

Skipsea Cliff looking north - geograph.org.uk - 2612969

Skipsea Cliff looking north

Clifftop cabins at Skipsea - geograph.org.uk - 1012552

Clifftop cabins and erosion. A 2008 attempt to recreate a photo taken here in 1990, although it proved impossible to stand in the same spot or to recognise the buildings that still exist. [see other photo in this square]. Erosion has taken a lane, the front gardens and some of the cabins. Those that remain are part abandoned, whilst some have physically shrunk as bits have toppled over the edge.

Skipsea Cliff - geograph.org.uk - 425615

One of many concrete relics of World War 2 on the East Riding of Yorkshire coast north of Hornsea. This pillbox (or what's left of it) would originally have been some way inland but decades of coastal erosion have left it stranded on the beach.

Soft Cliffs Above Skirlington Sands

Soft Cliffs Above Skirlington Sands

Atwick Sands - geograph.org.uk - 63671

Atwick Sands

Atwick Cross

Atwick Cross

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