Picture of cliff coastal erosion near Holderness.

Eroding Yorkshire Coast

When travelling throughout Route YC, the stark evidence of the storming seas and the punishing winds are clear to see on the Yorkshire Coasts' ravaged coastline.

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Our Yorkshire coastline has been evolving over millions of years. Yet, some bits of it are relatively new, having only been deposited during the last ice age, a mere 2.5 million years ago. So, as a result, it is not as hardened to the North Sea's constant bombardment.

For this reason, you should always take care when walking on cliff tops, particularly after heavy rain or snow. It is always advisable to check advice from official walking route rangers and websites to ensure the route you have chosen is still passable at the time of your trip. Some popular summer walks are closed in the winter months.

Stay safe by

  1. Exploring coastal walks with your dog, but keep them on a lead to avoid any nasty slips.

  2. Being Cliff aware! Don't set up picnics on cliff edges, drive cars into prohibited areas, or chase the perfect selfie sunrise. Cliff-top areas may be beautiful but can be very unstable. You should also consider not sitting on beach areas close to the cliffs in case rocks fall, which can happen frequently.

  3. Sticking to marked paths and ensure you are equipped with sensible walking boots.

  4. Not climbing the cliffs unless you have an approved instructor who knows the area well.

  5. Remembering that if you do find yourself in difficulty and need to alert the coastguard, you should call 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard.

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