2.9km stretch of shoreline fronting the town of Hornsea. A high
density urban development containing residential and various
tourist related properties, Hornsea's local economy is dependent
on tourism and recreation as well as incorporating a small fishing
lies upon unconsolidated till. This material was deposited by
glaciers during the last ice age 18,000 years ago.
groynes on Hornsea beach ensure wide and relatively steep beaches.
The beach material is made up of sand and shingle.
position of the coastline at Hornsea has been artificially fixed
since existing coastal defences were erected in the early 1900s.
Hard defences in the form of a concrete seawall and timber groynes
afford protection and an on going refurbishment programme ensure
this has continued. More recently a stone gabion has been erected
to the south of Hornsea. This helps protect the caravan park.
material is being transported south along the Holderness Coast
by longshore drift. In Hornsea sand has accumulated where protection
exists. This is because the groynes provide a barrier to sediment
transportation. This has reduced erosion within the section
but increased rates are evident further south.