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Northern Holderness Area Walks

The table below contains information on all walks centred in the northern holderness area. Click on any walk's name or reference code to see more details on the walk, including photos and a route map.


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E19 - The 'Hornsea Triangle'
Walk Name
The 'Hornsea Triangle'
Enjoy views of Hornsea Mere and the sights and sounds of a woodland on these six-mile long walks.
Circular Walk
Walk Type
  • Easy Walks
  • Top 10 Walks for Visitors
Ordnance Survey Explorer Map
Car Parking Facility
Roadside parking in Hornsea
Shops and pubs in Hornsea
Public Conveniences
Various sites in Hornsea
Distance (Miles)
Distance (Kilometres)
Lengthened Distance (Miles)
Shortened Distance (Miles)
  • Your walk starts at the public footpath signpost on the Hornsea to Hull Road.  Cross the summer-grazed pasture and note the variety of birds in the nearby reed beds at the edge of Hornsea Mere.  You may see reed and sedge warblers, yellow wagtails, greylag and geese, and during migration black terns and gulls.
  • Cross the field and go through the kissing gate to follow the well-defined path westwards.
  • At the end of the path, you will reach a track.  From here you have a choice of routes:-
  • a)  You can take a route through the Wassand Estate and other woodlands to return to Hornsea via the footpath to the north of the Mere.  To follow this route, walk along the track through the woodland.  Please don't stray from the track, as the woods form part of the Wassand Estate (you will see Wassand Hall through the woods to your right). 
  • Just before the Seaton road turn left along the footpath through the woods to reach a minor road.  Next turn right along the lane, cross the main road and continue northwards until you reach a public footpath.  This path leads you eastwards past Buttercup Farm and Brockholme.  You rejoin the main road nearly a mile further on, and follow it to Hornsea, catching glimpses of the Mere through the trees.
  • b) Alternatively, you can go southwards to Goxhill and then return to Hornsea along the old railway line.  Cross the track and walk in a southerly direction to the stile in the south-east corner of the field.  Cross the stile and field to a second stile.  Follow the grass track and field to the small hamlet of Goxhill on the right hand side of the tiny church of St. Giles'.  If you have time, take a look around and don't forget to sign the visitor book.  From Goxhill you can return to Hornsea by following either the field paths shown on the map or the disused railway line, which is rich in wild flowers and birdsong. 
  • A frequent walker, 'Megan', once said that this is the best walk she has ever completed.
Start Point
End Point
Towns & Villages
Goxhill, Hornsea, Seaton and Sigglesthorne
Start Easting
Start Northing
End Easting
End Northing
Further Information
Features of Interest
-  In summer from the bank of Hornsea Mere you can see swifts, swallows and martins catching insects.  In winter, you can see shovelers, gadwalls, wigeons and coots on the water.  Important breeding species include coots, mallards, gadwals, pochards, teals, shovelers, tufted ducks and reed warblers. 
-  The area of reed beds at the Mere side is known as Heslop`s Reeds and is a favourite haunt of whitethroats, sedge warblers and marsh harriers.  The adjacent arable land, with its low hedges, attracts breeding skylarks, yellow hammers and partridges. 
-  At the western end of the Mere is woodland.  Here listen out for garden warblers, black-caps and willow warblers in the branches of the Scots pines, lurches, oaks and elms.  You may also spot numerous butterflies on the mass of red campion and ground ivy along the woodland edge. 
Accessibility Information
This route:- 
-  contains some gentle slopes. 
-  contains kissing gates and hand gates but no stiles. 
-  crosses at least one road. 
-  contains surfaces which can be boggy in wet weather. 
-  may involve walking through planted crops. 
-  contains some uneven surfaces.