Enjoy a walk along this lovely freshwater lake in the seaside town of Hornsea. At 2 miles long and 0.75 miles wide it is the largest freshwater lake in Yorkshire. You can pick up a public footpath from Hull Road at the south eastern side of the water. It will take you through fields on the southern side of the lake with nice views across the water to the surrounding woodland and countryside. The path continues around the western side of the lake past Springfield Wood and Low Wood. At the eastern end of the lake there's a nice cafe overlooking the area.
It's a great place for birdwatching with gadwalls, goldeneyes and tufted ducks to look out for on the water. Also keep your eyes peeled for reed warblers in the reedbeds.
You can extend your walking in the area by picking up the Trans Pennine Trail and the Hornsea Rail Trail. It's an excellent cycling and walking route along a dismantled railway that will take you all the way to Hull.
If you wish to continue birdwatching then look no further than the fantastic Spurn Point.
The wonderful coastal nature reserve is located just south of Withernsea and consists of beaches, sand dunes and thousands of coastal birds.
PostcodeHU18 1AX - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The route forms part of the Hornsea Triangle Walk, a circular hike that you can use to extend your walk. It heads south to Goxhill before following the Hornsea Road on the northern side of the mere.
A few miles to the west you can continue your waterside walking around the Tophill Low Nature Reserve. The reserve includes two pretty reservoirs and easy footpaths along the River Hull. It's another great place for birdwatching with several hides dotted around the site. Near here is also the worthy vlllage of Brandesburton with its medieval church and historic 16th century pub
A few miles to the north there's the worthy village of Skipsea where you can explore the photogenic ruins of the 11th century Skipsea Castle.
Just to the south there's Burton Constable where you'll find an historic old hall surrounded by Capability Brown landscaped parkland and gardens.