Location of Hornsea
Hornsea is a small coastal town located between Bridlington and Withernsea along the Holderness Coast. A 2.9km stretch of shoreline fronts the town of Hornsea. A high density urban development containing residential and various tourist related properties, Hornsea’s local economy is dependent on tourism and recreation as well as incorporating a small fishing industry.
Geology of Hornsea
Hornsea lies upon unconsolidated till. This material was deposited by glaciers during the last ice age 18,000 years ago.
Coastal Features at Hornsea
The groynes on Hornsea beach ensure wide and relatively steep beaches. The beach material is made up of sand and shingle.
Coastal Management at Hornsea
The position of the coastline at Hornsea has been artificially fixed since existing coastal defences were erected in the early 1900s. Hard defences in the form of a concrete seawall and timber groynes afford protection and an on going refurbishment programme ensure this has continued.
The videos below shows the importance of the sea wall at Hornsea, particularly during a spring high tide combined with strong winds!
More recently a stone gabion and steel reventment has been erected to the south of Hornsea. This helps protect the caravan park.