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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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E8 - Hornsea Hike
Walk Name
Hornsea Hike
Enjoy scenic views on this flat ride along a recreational green corridor, the Hornsea Rail Trail.
Circular Walk
Walk Type
  • Mountain Biking and Horse Riding Routes
Ordnance Survey Explorer Map
Car Parking Facility
Seaton and Sigglesthorne
Pubs in Great Hatfield and Seaton
Public Conveniences
South Promenade in Hornsea
Distance (Miles)
Distance (Kilometres)
  • Your walk is near to the resort of Hornsea, so you will enjoy views of Hornsea Mere.  The Mere is the largest freshwater lake in Yorkshire and is a popular recreational facility for small boat enthusiasts, windsurfers and fishermen.
  • If you walk on a sunny day you will be shaded by the fine old trees lining the roads.
  • From your parking place ride south along the lane until you can make a sharp left turn at 90 degrees.  After this turn, ride on down a well-defined farm track which is waymarked as a bridleway.  On meeting the next tarmac road, turn left (GR.162440) and almost immediately turn right.  Still on tarmac, look for a bridleway marker on the left (GR.154435) which takes you on a well-used route to the estate village of Rise.
  • As you approach the village, turn left down the waymarked clay lane.  This lane leads onto a long headland bridleway which meets a bridleway junction.  At this junction, turn right.  After riding on the bridleway for 1½ miles you meet a road.  Turn left and ride along the grass verge to the old Hull to Hornsea railway line, now a recreational Rail Trail.
  • Turn left (GR.173409) onto the Trail and follow it in a north-easterly direction for almost five miles, crossing three tarmac roads.  (Note - after the first road, the route leaves the track bed and uses the right-hand embankment for a short stretch of the way.) 
  • When the road starts to enter a steep cutting (GR.195455) exit to the left up the embankment to the top of the cutting.  Follow a narrow track along the top of the road at the bridge (GR.198459).  (The bridleway markers themselves are incongruous and would take you up a flight of steps!).  On the road, with the railway and bridge to your right, turn left (GR.198459) and ride along the verge to the first lane on the left (GR.197462).  Ride along this lane and you will see a waymark in the trees which gives you a clear route to follow in an arc round the south and west side of Hornsea Mere.  (There are several gates in this section, but it is exceptionally pretty with the views of the Mere through the trees.)
  • You will now come out on the drive of Wassand Hall which is also a bridleway; this will lead you onto the B1244.  (Take care - this can be a very busy road, especially in the summer.)  Turn left along the road, using the wide grass verge, and continue along until you reach a farm gate leading into a grass field (GR.169467).
  • The route across the field is a clear chalk track.  Ride along it and out of the next farm gate at the bottom of the wood.  (Please note that cattle are often in this field, and the track may not be marked as a bridleway.)  Once you have passed through this gate, return via the green lane to the road and the start.
  • This circular ride is taken from the book "Humberside on Horseback" and is included by kind permission of the British Horse Society.
Start Point
End Point
Towns & Villages
Goxhill, Great Hatfield, Seaton and Sigglesthorne
Start Easting
Start Northing
End Easting
End Northing
Further Information
Features of Interest
-  Sigglesthorne has a fine 13th century church with squat embattled tower.  In the adjoining churchyard you will find a grave with a large alter stone as a covering. 
-  Rise is home to Rise Hall.  Once the home of the Bethell family (one of whom was Governor of Scarborough Castle during the Civil War), the Hall is now a boarding school.  Little Hatfield can only aspire to a hamlet but is still charming nevertheless.  Goxhill is a small village which has its own church and is situated near the old Wassand railway.   
-  One point of interest is the 14th century stone carving in the village of Johanna de Lelley.  This lady was part of the family which ruled the district 700 years ago and is thought be responsible for the old name of Hull Road - Lelley Lane. 
Accessibility Information
This route:- 
-  is relatively flat. 
-  contains gates which can be passed through in a motorised wheelchair, on a horse or with a pushchair. 
-  may involve walking or riding through fields with livestock. 
-  crosses at least one road. 
-  contains surfaces which can be boggy in wet weather. 
-  may involve walking or riding through planted crops. 
-  contains some uneven surfaces. 
Additional Information
-  The grade only applies if you follow this route on foot.