Hey guys!! A couple of weeks ago, when I witnessed the ‘Golden Hour’ installation and experienced a Tower Tour at Hull Minster, I also took part in a ‘Spurn Safari’ which is organised by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. In case you were wondering, Spurn is located right on the edge of the Holderness Coastline and is the furthest point along. As part of the Safari, we were transported in a Unimog to enjoy a 2 and a half hour tour along Spurn Point where we learnt more about the amazing history and spectacular wildlife of this iconic landmark of Holderness. Also, we were invited to trek up to the top of the newly revitalized Spurn Lighthouse to behold the stunning views from up there. So in today’s post, I’m going to be explaining more about my experience of the ‘Spurn Safari’ and giving you my honest opinion of it.
Once our tour guide had welcomed us all to the tour, he explained what would occur in the 2 and half hours that we were on the tour. We’d travel down along Spurn Point, halting briefly to escalade up Spurn Lighthouse, before continuing down as far as we could in the Unimog. After that, we’d park up and walk the rest of the way to the absolute point of Spurn and then we’d be transported back to the Visitor Centre. Driving along Spurn beach with the wind whipping my hair from my face was such an exhilarating feeling especially with the sight of the sea, lapping gently along the sand. Outside the lighthouse, we drew to a halt and exited the Unimog to gaze upon the spectacular building that was Spurn lighthouse. Before entering, our tour guide informed us that the area around the Lighthouse used to host railway tracks quite a while ago and the lighthouse itself had lain abandoned for several years until the desicion was made in 2016 to renovate and reopen it to the public. With that information fresh in our minds, we entered the Lighthouse and were introduced to the volunteers who worked there. After that, we were granted with an hour to explore the different floors of the Lighthouse before we advanced further along the Point. Me and my family decided to work our way up floor by floor instead of rushing straight to the top and so we examined the beautiful paintings and poetry about Spurn on the first floor, read about the history of Spurn, watched the ‘Spurn through the seasons’ film on the third floor and discovered the ‘Treasures of Spurn’ on the fourth floor with fossils and shells on wildlife past and present. Ultimately, we reached the fifth and final floor with an amazing 360° view of Spurn which was really incredible to see from a height and snap photos of.
After our slight detour to the Lighthouse, we proceeded on down to the point and halted when we reached the furthest point the Unimog could travel. To reach the outmost point of Spurn, we ambled along a path filled with wildlife and deserted bunkers and shelters from the first and second World Wars. Spurn was militarized as part of these two wars since it was the most distant point on the Holderness Coastline and the soldiers stationed there did a great job of defending it. Once we reached the outmost point of Spurn which of course was a beach, you deduce at first glance that it was very remote with no one but the birds and each other for company. Further out into the sea, several transport vessels were travelling along although it was hard to see from a distance exactly what type of ship it was and where it may have originated from. Unfortunately, there was a massive stretch of beach, peppered with rubbish but the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust have been doing beach clean ups along the coastline so Spurn is in line to be absterged. Just before we commenced back to the Unimog, a seal emerged from within the waves and although I had trouble spotting it, a lot of the other members of our group delighted in watching it. The jounery back along the Point barely took any time at all and we arrived back about just under 3 hours after we’d first set out.
Thanks for reading this post!! Are there any beaches near you? Let me know in the comments!! There’ll be another post out soon but until then bye for now!!
Amelia Grace a.k.a Amelia in Hull