We live by the sea, we love living by the sea. I am always on a quest to visit new beaches. I love to collect ideas for days out and in the same way I love to ‘collect’ memories from beach visits. No one visit to the beach is ever the same. We always find different things to do and I loved our first ever visit to Mappleton Beach, near Hornsea in East Yorkshire this summer.
Mappleton Beach, Near Hornsea | Visitor Guide
The first thing to know about Mappleton beach is that the car park is small. It’s free but small and there’s even a small council run toilet block in the car park. The second is you may struggle to park. We arrived at 9:30am and had no problem at all parking. This was on a sunny day in the middle of pandemic summer when everyone is going to the beach.
When we left at 11:30am there was three cars waiting for our space. You can’t park on the road as there are police cones everywhere. A few people had parked a bit further out though where there weren’t any cones.
The third thing to know (aside from it being a beautiful big sandy beach) is that they have discovered unexploded bombs here. No one has ever been hurt by one and those found have been uncovered usually by errosion so are easy to spot. But just be warned.
It wasn’t going to stop us from visiting though. The beaches around here were a former bombing and air gunnery range. But they don’t consider it to be so unsafe that no one is allowed on the beach so it can’t be that much of a concern.
The beach is popular with dog walkers most of which were on leads. When the tide is out there is a massive sandy beach that goes on for miles and miles. Do check tide times if you decide to go for a walk so that you don’t get cut off.
The beach is also popular with fossil hunters and we saw quite a few people walking while looking. We found 5 in about 20 minutes which for us is really good going. Standing next to the cliffs it is easy to see why this coastline is suffering from erosion. The cliffs are mud-like clay and in the clay is all the years of pebbles and fossils. As these erode new fossils are uncovered – just keep your distance as the cliffs are constantly eroding.
Access down to the beach is possible with a wheelchair and a pushchair. It’s a concrete slope from the car park and then the sand is very level and mostly firm. We saw a wheelchair on the beach while we were there.
Once you get to the bottom of the slope there’s a large granite rock sea defence. If you head right you arrive at the large sandy beach. If you head left the beach is more pebbly. Both options have fossils.
It’s not a rockpooling beach but we did actually see a crab. There was a distinct lack of seagulls, which suits me. There is a cafe at the turning for the beach car park which is open again. It’s lovely if you are looking for a non touristy beach with great social distancing.
Important Information about Mappleton Beach
Address: Mappleton, Hornsea HU18 1XX
Car parking at Mappleton Beach – Parking is free but there are only around 20 spaces. You can’t park on the road but there is a road a little further out with no obvious restrictions.
Facilities at Mappleton beach: There are toilets in the car park. There is a cafe just a very short walk away.
There is no lifeguard
Opening Times: The car park is always open.
Accessibility – There is no disabled toilet but the beach is one of the easiest we’ve come across for access.
Is Mappleton beach Dog Friendly: Dogs are allowed on a lead.
Category: Beach, suitable for all ages.