East Yorkshire coastal erosion

data summary

Page prepared by Brian Williams in September 2013.
Last data update September 2016.




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This page summarises data collected from the most recent ten year period of comprehensive measurement of erosion along the East Yorkshire coast as conducted by East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

Also shown are calculations of annual rates of erosion and total cliff loss for the period from the first Ordnance Survey (started 1852, completed 1854) to the latest full year.


monitoring locations

 SMP bands and profile ranges

The map shows Shoreline Management Plan (SMP3) bands with corresponding groups of erosion monitoring profiles, maintained by the Council.

Cliff recession is monitored along these profiles, which are notional lines spaced at 500 metre intervals (there are exceptions) along the coastline and which extend from a point a little distance behind the cliff to a position out to sea. Details of locations, intervals between profiles, and cliff heights may be obtained from the coordinates full spreadsheet.


Show monitoring profiles on an Ordnance Survey map:

East Riding of Yorkshire Council map interface.


Measurement is carried out in autumn and spring in order to capture change over summer and winter. Sometimes it is more convenient for general purposes to work in complete years, when each year is deemed to end at spring the following year.


the summary

Monitoring profiles are presented in numerical order, grouped according to SMP bands from north to south, with brief descriptions of locations.

Losses in the column headed ‘biggest’ relate to the half year as indicated. An asterisk (*) denotes incomplete run of data.





  EAST YORKSHIRE COASTAL EROSION – DATA SUMMARY
  Computer generated summary of clff loss

  All values in metres
  Possible rounding differences
  Latest data year 2015


                                                                   LAST 10 YEARS                      SINCE 1852
    profile and location                             _________________________________________       ____________
                                                         averages           biggest      TOTAL        avg   TOTAL
                                                      aut   spr  YEAR

  1 South Riviera Drive - Sewerby [from 2003]        0.00  0.09  0.09    0.78 2013 Apr    0.92   | * 0.18    2.26
  2 North of Bridlington defences [from 2003]        0.00  0.05  0.05    0.29 2007 Spr    0.50   | * 0.04    0.50

  3 Bridlington frontage                             0.00  0.00  0.00    0.00 no loss     0.00   |   0.00    0.00
  4 Bridlington frontage                             0.00  0.00  0.00    0.00 no loss     0.00   |   0.00    0.00
  5 Bridlington frontage                             0.00  0.00  0.00    0.00 no loss     0.00   |   0.00    0.00
  6 Bridlington frontage                             0.00  0.00  0.00    0.00 no loss     0.00   |   0.00    0.00
  7 Bridlington frontage                             0.00  0.00  0.00    0.00 no loss     0.00   |   0.00    0.00

  8 South of Bridlington defences                    0.00  0.00  0.00    0.00 no loss     0.00   |   0.73  118.20
  9 South Shore holiday village - Wilsthorpe         0.00  0.00  0.00    0.00 no loss     0.00   |   0.41   66.60
 10 South end of Wilsthorpe                          0.00  0.00  0.00    0.00 no loss     0.00   |   0.44   70.80
 11 North of Auburn Farm                             0.00  0.62  0.62    2.62 2011 Apr    6.19   |   0.31   50.49
 12 Opposite Auburn Farm  [from 1908]                0.13  1.11  1.24    8.03 2014 May   12.37   | * 0.31   33.97
 13 South of Auburn Farm [from 1908]                 0.03  0.54  0.56    2.29 2008 Spr    5.65   | * 0.60   64.38
 14 North of Earl's Dyke - Barmston                  0.20  0.00  0.20    1.22 2007 Aut    1.99   |   0.63  101.83
 15 South of Earl's Dyke - Barmston                  0.29  0.71  1.00    4.72 2014 May   10.00   |   0.95  154.50
 16 Watermill Grounds  - north of Barmston           0.30  1.00  1.30    4.38 2008 Spr   13.00   |   1.06  171.79
 17 Opposite Hamilton Hill - north of Barmston       0.22  1.12  1.34    5.68 2014 May   13.39   |   1.07  173.55
 18 North of Barmston Beach holiday park             0.30  0.47  0.77    3.04 2007 Aut    7.72   |   1.21  195.52
 19 South of Sands Lane - Barmston                   0.42  0.88  1.30    3.63 2013 Apr   13.00   |   1.51  244.39
 20 Opposite Barmston outfall                        0.31  0.53  0.85    2.28 2014 May    8.45   |   1.44  233.25
 21 Opposite Brickdale - south of Barmston           0.59  1.05  1.64    4.82 2007 Aut   16.42   |   1.67  270.33
 22 North end of Seaside caravan park - Ulrome       0.90  0.78  1.68    3.65 2008 Spr   16.80   |   1.75  283.34
 23 South end of Seaside caravan park - Ulrome       0.40  0.42  0.82    2.36 2007 Aut    8.20   |   1.59  257.70
 24 Opposite Southfield Lane - Ulrome/Skipsea        0.45  0.92  1.37    2.98 2008 Spr   13.68   |   1.50  242.86
 25 North end of Green Lane - Skipsea                0.57  2.24  2.82    5.07 2007 Spr   28.18   |   1.58  255.18
 26 South of Green Lane - Skipsea                    0.09  1.80  1.89    4.32 2009 Spr   18.86   |   1.53  247.86
 27 Opposite Skipsea                                 0.21  1.91  2.12    6.31 2010 Spr   21.19   |   1.26  204.09
 28 Cliff Road - south of Skipsea                    0.65  2.07  2.72    6.05 2011 Apr   27.17   |   1.25  202.77
 29 South of Skipsea Withow                          0.84  1.31  2.16    6.11 2013 Apr   21.59   |   1.03  166.69
 30 Golf course - north of Skirlington               0.28  0.72  1.00    2.83 2016 Mar   10.00   |   0.98  158.20
 31 North end of Low Skirlington caravan park        0.00  0.27  0.27    1.84 2016 Mar    2.65   |   1.01  164.35
 32 Within Low Skirlington caravan park              0.08  0.20  0.29    1.14 2007 Spr    2.86   |   1.02  165.36
 33 South end of Low Skirlington caravan park        0.26  0.24  0.50    2.62 2006 Aut    4.97   |   1.02  165.87
 34 North end of Long Lane - Atwick                  0.48  0.12  0.60    4.45 2012 Sep    6.00   |   1.11  179.80
 35 Opposite Long Lane - Atwick                      0.08  0.48  0.57    2.78 2009 Spr    5.66   |   1.10  178.44
 36 Opposite Cliff Road - Atwick                     0.21  0.72  0.93    5.06 2010 Spr    9.26   |   0.97  157.00
 37 South of Atwick                                  0.61  0.85  1.46    3.45 2011 Apr   14.63   |   1.10  177.43
 38 North Cliff boating club - Hornsea               0.34  0.48  0.82    2.49 2014 Nov    8.19   |   0.83  134.79
 39 North end of Cliff Road - Hornsea                0.74  0.25  0.99    3.97 2008 Aut    9.89   |   0.77  124.50

 40 South of Nutana Avenue - Hornsea                 0.24  0.06  0.29    1.23 2006 Aut    2.92   |   0.52   84.62
 41 North end of Hornsea frontage                    0.00  0.00  0.00    0.00 no loss     0.00   |   0.42   68.00
 42 Hornsea frontage                                 0.00  0.00  0.00    0.00 no loss     0.00   |   0.00    0.00
 43 Hornsea frontage                                 0.00  0.00  0.00    0.00 no loss     0.00   |   0.00    0.00
 44 Hornsea frontage                                 0.00  0.00  0.00    0.00 no loss     0.00   |   0.00    0.00
 45 Caravan park to south of defences                1.43  1.30  2.74    4.94 2010 Spr   27.37   |   1.86  301.37

 46 South of Hornsea                                 1.17  1.56  2.73    4.72 2011 Apr   27.28   |   2.07  335.80
 47 Rolston firing range                             0.78  2.50  3.28    7.44 2013 Apr   32.77   |   1.92  311.19
 48 Opposite Rolston                                 0.76  1.85  2.61    6.24 2010 Spr   26.10   |   1.94  313.92
 49 South end of former holiday camp - Rolston       0.27  2.03  2.30    4.71 2011 Apr   22.98   |   1.84  297.98
 50 North of Mappleton                               0.25  0.58  0.83    2.64 2013 Apr    8.26   |   1.52  246.19
 51 Mappleton (defences since 1991)                  0.10  0.00  0.10    0.98 2007 Aut    0.98   |   1.38  222.78
 52 South of Mappleton                               0.89  0.94  1.83    3.66 2010 Spr   18.27   |   1.59  257.59
 53 Between Mappleton and Cowden                     1.52  1.14  2.66    4.21 2008 Spr   26.56   |   1.84  297.32
 54 North of Eelmere Lane - Cowden                   0.36  1.49  1.85    7.75 2008 Spr   18.50   |   1.70  275.01
 55 South end of Cowden                              0.82  1.45  2.27    4.95 2013 Apr   22.71   |   1.88  305.21
 56 North end of MOD site - Cowden                   0.55  0.41  0.96    3.21 2014 May    9.60   |   1.67  271.30
 57 Within MOD site - Cowden                         0.20  1.94  2.14    7.56 2010 Spr   21.44   |   1.85  298.94
 58 Within MOD site - Cowden                         1.03  0.93  1.96    5.71 2012 Sep   19.58   |   1.68  272.88
 59 Within MOD site - Cowden                         0.35  1.21  1.57    5.01 2007 Spr   15.66   |   1.51  243.86
 60 South end of MOD site - Cowden                   2.23  0.23  2.46   12.30 2010 Aut   24.61   |   1.61  261.13
 61 South of MOD site Cowden                         0.18  1.89  2.07    5.44 2007 Spr   20.69   |   1.47  237.59
 62 North of Aldbrough                               0.53  2.45  2.98    7.58 2009 Spr   29.77   |   1.37  221.87
 63 South of Aldbrough                               1.57  1.10  2.67    8.04 2012 Sep   26.70   |   1.35  219.48
 64 North of Hill Top Farm - south Aldbrough         1.35  1.25  2.60    6.69 2014 Nov   26.02   |   1.40  227.14
 65 South of Hill Top Farm - south Aldbrough         1.87  1.13  3.00    8.25 2007 Aut   29.96   |   1.34  216.76
 66 Opposite East Newton                             0.93  1.40  2.33    5.07 2009 Spr   23.34   |   1.26  204.74
 67 Between East Newton and Ringbrough               0.36  2.01  2.38    6.23 2009 Spr   23.76   |   1.20  194.95
 68 Opposite Ringbrough                              0.55  1.54  2.09    7.20 2010 Spr   20.93   |   1.13  183.29
 69 South of Ringbrough                              0.99  1.06  2.05    7.20 2006 Aut   20.54   |   1.26  203.54
 70 South of Ringbrough                              0.70  1.95  2.65    6.96 2012 Sep   26.50   |   1.23  198.80
 71 North of Garton                                  0.72  1.95  2.68    8.15 2008 Spr   26.76   |   1.38  223.52
 72 South of Garton                                  0.38  1.12  1.49    9.06 2009 Spr   14.94   |   1.19  193.22
 73 Opposite Grimston Park                           0.46  2.90  3.36    9.46 2014 May   33.61   |   1.26  203.61
 74 South of Grimston Park                           0.94  1.58  2.52    6.38 2010 Spr   25.22   |   1.19  192.12
 75 North of Hilston                                 1.36  0.86  2.22    5.72 2007 Aut   22.22   |   1.15  185.72
 76 Opposite Hilston                                 1.29  0.75  2.05    3.66 2013 Oct   20.47   |   1.09  177.37
 77 North of Pastures Lane - Tunstall                0.47  2.45  2.91    9.01 2008 Spr   29.14   |   1.05  170.54
 78 North end of Pastures Lane - Tunstall            0.37  3.43  3.80    9.95 2008 Spr   38.01   |   1.08  175.71
 79 Opposite Pastures Lane - Tunstall                0.55  2.24  2.78    6.32 2016 Mar   27.84   |   1.05  170.11
 80 North of Tunstall                                0.52  1.81  2.32    6.40 2016 Mar   23.21   |   0.90  146.41
 81 South of Tunstall                                0.65  1.45  2.11    4.40 2006 Aut   21.06   |   0.85  138.28
 82 North of Sand-le-Mere holiday village            1.16  1.00  2.16    4.74 2006 Aut   21.61   |   0.83  134.71
 83 South of Sand-le-Mere holiday village            1.74  1.55  3.29   10.92 2007 Aut   32.90   |   0.70  112.98
 84 South of Sand-le-Mere                            0.57  1.41  1.97    8.81 2008 Spr   19.74   |   0.91  147.24
 85 Opposite Redhouse Farm - Waxholme                0.47  1.92  2.39    9.21 2009 Spr   23.89   |   1.00  162.76
 86 North of Waxholme                                0.57  1.61  2.18    4.89 2010 Spr   21.77   |   1.03  166.83
 87 South of Waxholme                                0.89  1.08  1.97    7.23 2010 Aut   19.68   |   0.90  145.88
 88 Between Waxholme and Withernsea                  0.47  1.32  1.79    5.47 2013 Apr   17.90   |   0.79  128.56
 89 North of Withernsea defences                     0.13  0.18  0.31    1.80 2015 Apr    3.06   |   0.52   84.38

 90 Withernsea frontage                              0.00  0.00  0.00    0.00 no loss     0.00   |   0.00    0.00
 91 Withernsea frontage                              0.00  0.00  0.00    0.00 no loss     0.00   |   0.00    0.00
 92 Withernsea frontage                              0.00  0.00  0.00    0.00 no loss     0.00   |   0.00    0.00
 93 Withernsea frontage                              0.00  0.00  0.00    0.00 no loss     0.00   |   0.00    0.00

 94 South of Turner Avenue - Withernsea              1.15  1.84  2.99    4.61 2010 Aut   29.85   |   2.31  375.02
 95 South of Golden Sands holiday park               1.42  3.56  4.97    6.93 2011 Apr   49.75   |   2.12  342.84
 96 North of Intack Farm - Hollym                    0.91  3.65  4.56    6.96 2009 Spr   45.56   |   1.76  284.36
 97 Opposite sewage works off Holmpton Road          1.60  2.52  4.12    9.41 2010 Spr   41.18   |   1.59  256.82
 98 North of Nevilles Farm - Holmpton                0.69  2.88  3.56   10.40 2007 Spr   35.60   |   1.66  268.59
 99 North of The Runnell - Holmpton                  2.31  1.31  3.62   18.84 2007 Aut   36.22   |   1.62  262.90
100 North of Holmpton village                        0.11  1.90  2.02    9.06 2008 Spr   20.16   |   1.53  248.45
101 Opposite Holmpton village                        0.30  1.49  1.78    4.13 2013 Apr   17.83   |   1.50  243.63
102 South of Holmpton village                        0.49  1.04  1.54    3.97 2008 Aut   15.39   |   1.39  225.69
103 South of Holmpton village                        0.47  0.36  0.83    2.59 2016 Mar    8.33   |   1.46  236.86
104 North of Out Newton                              0.79  0.80  1.58    4.92 2015 Sep   15.84   |   1.41  228.84
105 Opposite Out Newton                              0.10  0.00  0.10    0.97 2008 Aut    0.97   |   1.37  221.67
106 South of Out Newton                              0.53  0.81  1.34    4.75 2007 Aut   13.38   |   1.50  243.26
107 Dimlington High                                  0.16  1.14  1.30   11.41 2015 Apr   13.00   |   1.60  258.90
108 South of Dimlington High                         0.75  0.21  0.97    4.61 2010 Aut    9.65   |   1.57  253.57
109 Between Dimlington High and Easington            0.28  0.61  0.89    2.43 2007 Spr    8.89   |   1.47  237.92

110 North of Easington [defences from 2000]          0.00  0.00  0.00    0.00 no loss     0.00   | * 1.74  254.48
111 Easington [defences from 1999]                   0.00  0.00  0.00    0.00 no loss     0.00   | * 1.70  246.43
112 Easington [defences from 1999]                   0.00  0.00  0.00    0.00 no loss     0.00   | * 1.64  237.90

113 South of Easington                               0.69  1.25  1.94    3.66 2007 Spr   19.36   |   1.67  270.59
114 Opposite Seaside Road - Easington                0.10  1.49  1.58    4.17 2010 Spr   15.84   |   1.62  262.44
115 Easington/Kilnsea lagoons [to 1994]              0.00  0.00  0.00    0.00 no record   0.00   | * 2.35  331.20
116 Easington/Kilnsea lagoons [to 1994]              0.00  0.00  0.00    0.00 no record   0.00   | * 2.92  411.40
117 Easington/Kilnsea lagoons [to 1994]              0.00  0.00  0.00    0.00 no record   0.00   | * 2.70  380.20
118 South end of lagoons - Kilnsea                   0.42  0.67  1.09    5.11 2009 Spr   10.86   |   2.74  444.48
119 North of Godwin Battery site - Kilnsea           0.18  1.09  1.28    5.84 2010 Spr   12.77   |   2.29  371.74
120 South of Blue Bell - Kilnsea                     0.74  0.94  1.67    4.54 2007 Aut   16.74   |   2.12  343.91
121 Between Kilnsea and Spurn                        0.50  0.57  1.06    2.06 2013 Oct   10.63   |   2.28  368.89

122 North end of Spurn                               0.00  0.00  0.00    0.00 no loss     0.00   |   1.85  298.90
123 Neck of Spurn peninsula [to 2013]                0.00  0.00  0.00    0.00 lost        0.00   | * 1.24  200.23

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seasonal variation

 seasonal variation


data summary (pdf)

data for the last ten years (spreadsheet)
data for the last ten years (pdf)
complete available data (spreadsheet)
complete available data (csv)

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coordinates (spreadsheet)
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