Skipsea is one of the most rapidly eroding locations along the Holderness Coast.
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 located in a rural setting surrounded by rich agricultural land and 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, 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.
The village lies on soft boulder clay. This unconsolidated till was deposited by glaciers during the last ice age 18,000 years ago.
Beach material is being transported south along the Holderness Coast by longshore drift. In Skipsea there are no groynes to reduce the transportation 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 the village.
The economic impact of coastal erosion is particularly felt by the Skipsea Sands caravan park. On average the site is losing 10 caravan pitches each year. The image below shows the impact of coastal erosion on the caravan park.
Another economic impact of coastal erosion in this area is on house prices. Property values have dropped significantly particularly for those houses that are losing their gardens along the seafront. Compensation is not available for these homeowners from the local authority. The images below show the impact of erosion in this area.
The image below shows changes in the coastline to the south of Skipsea between 2009 and 2018.
The coastal road that once linked the village to Ulrome (to the north) has now been eroded. The image below shows the impact of erosion.
Coastal management at Skipsea is limited to a small concrete revetment protecting a caravan park.
The video below shows the concrete revetment (shown above) during a high, spring tide with strong winds. Notice the way the revetment absorbs the energy of the waves.
Use the images below to explore locations along the Holderness Coast.