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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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E1 - A Choice of Walks Between Barmston and Ulrome
Walk Name
A Choice of Walks Between Barmston and Ulrome
Enjoy interesting strolls as you leave the villages through fields and return along the beach or cliff top.
Circular Walk
Walk Type
  • Coast and Beach Walks
  • Easy Walks
Ordnance Survey Explorer Map
Car Parking Facility
Roadside parking in Barmston and Ulrome
Public Conveniences
Various sites in Hornsea
Distance (Miles)
Distance (Kilometres)
  • You can start your walk almost anywhere along the streets and country lanes between Ulrome and Barmston.  Please remember that this area is working agricultural land where large vehicles need access to fields at all times.  Park your car carefully, especially in the summer when the roads nearest the beach can be lined with day trippers' cars.
  • Most visitors come to this part of the country for the sand and the sea; the many caravan and chalet parks are well-used by tourists.  However, just a few yards from the village's main streets you'll find tracks and field-paths leading into open farmland with no sign of the seaside.  Please use the map to find your way along these tracks.
  • In this area the chalk hills of the Wolds are replaced by wide open spaces of boulder clay plain.  Local geology means that the coast is being eroded away very quickly, but the beaches are some of the best on the east coast of England.
Start Point
East end of Ulrome or Sands Lane in Barmston
End Point
East end of Ulrome or Sands Lane in Barmston
Towns & Villages
Barmston, Lissett and Ulrome
Start Easting
Start Northing
End Easting
End Northing
Further Information
Features of Interest
-  Man-made attractions include the mound at Skipsea, which was once the castle of Drogo de Beverer who came over the Channel with William the Conqueror in 1066.  The church on the hill is an obvious landmark within a largely flat landscape. 
-  In our unromantic world, Barmston is probably best known for the drain that takes most of the water from northern Holderness.  However, the village has a long history which includes the Boynton and the De Monceux families.  The lovely church contains a squint, an open parapet to the tower and the tomb of William de Monceux (his death in 1446 marked the end of the male line of Barmston lords). 
-  To the south of Barmston is a strange-looking hill, Trusey Hill, which is an old Viking burial ground.  The circle of uneven, angular columns is made of sawn elm trunks put there by the landowner in memory of the trees killed by Dutch Elm disease.  Ulph, the Saxon earl who gave his priceless horn to York Minster when Cnut was King, may have also given his name to Ulrome. 
-  Ulrome overlooks the North Sea between Barmston and Skipsea.  In 1880 archaeologists found the remains of a lake dwelling in the nearby fields.  They unearthed a wooden platform 90 feet long by 60 feet wide.  It had huge oaken piles driven into the bed of a lake, which disappeared many years ago. 
Accessibility Information
This route:- 
-  contains some gentle slopes. 
-  contains a mixture of gates, steps and stiles. 
-  crosses at least one road and a bridge.