Location of Skipsea
It is situated approximately 10 miles (16 km) south of Bridlington and 6 miles (9.7 km) north of Hornsea on the B1242 road at its junction with the B1249 road. The Village is a typical rural setting surrounded by rich agricultural land and yet sits close to the cliffs and the North Sea. The village has its own Post Office and stores, a Village Store and tea rooms, a fish and chip shop, Skipsea Service Station and The Board Inn Public Houses as well as offering holiday accommodation like Mill Farm Country Park and Skipsea Sands Caravan Park to name but two.
Geology of Skipsea
Skipsea lies upon unconsolidated till. This material was deposited by glaciers during the last ice age 18,000 years ago.
Coastal Features at Skipsea
Beach material is being transported south along the Holderness Coast by longshore drift. In Skipsea there are no groynes to reduce the transporation of erosion along this stretch of the coast. Material is therefore transported south. Limited material is replenished due to groynes trapping beach material at Bridlington which lies to the north of Skipsea.
Erosion over time
The image below shows changes in the coastline to the south of Skipsea between 2009 and 2013.
Changes in erosion at Skipsea
The coastal road that once linked Skipsea to Ulrome (to the north) has now been eroded. The image below shows the impact of erosion.
Skipsea to Ulrome Road
Coastal Management at Skipsea
Coastal management at Skipsea is limited to a small concrete reventment protecting a caravan park.
Concrete revetment at Skipsea
The video below shows the concrete reventment (shown above) during a high, spring tide with strong winds. Notice the way the reventment absorbs the energy of the waves.