Active Beacons: Coast Photo Posts

Type:Themed Trail

Flamborough cliffs towards Bempton in East Yorkshire

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Explore the East Yorkshire coasts iconic locations, whilst capturing its hidden gems on camera. A series of artistic wood turned photoposts lead the way, offering connected trails and way finding, with opportunities to support coastal monitoring of the landscape through the CoastSnap app and free citizen led science.

The Active Beacon (Photo post) Project is a joint initiative between The University of Hull (Energy & Environment Institute) & East Riding of Yorkshire Council (Active Coast) with links to the CoastSnap project developed by the New South Wales Government (Australia).

Taking inspiration from historic coastal landmarks, these sympathetic active beacons can be explored across a number of locations throughout 2022 and beyond:

- Sewerby to Bempton

- Hornsea

- Withernsea

- Spurn Point

Set out on a linear route to take in a cluster of posts, map your own circular route, or try and complete them all and cover the East Yorkshire coast - find the routes for each location below!

To add to your adventure, we recommend downloading the CoastSnap app and using the unique photopost cradle at each location to capture and upload imagery along the way. This will support monitoring and research of our breath-taking East Yorkshire coastline. The CoastSnap Photopost Project is a joint initiative between The University of Hull (Energy & Environment Institute) and East Riding of Yorkshire Council with links to the New South Wales Government (Australia) who developed the CoastSnap Project, for more information on CoastSnap and the work The University of Hull (Energy & Environment Institute) are doing with relation to the posts, visit:


Photo Posts

The photoposts have been manufactured and designed by Galvin Brothers of Beverley, with each one holding information plaques and QR codes to direct users to further information on the project.

The locations for each of the 26 posts can be found by using the what3words app (downloadable from the App Store). What3words is an easy way to identify precise locations with every 3m square, given a unique combination of three words (this is called a what3words address). All what3words addresses are easy to say and share, and as accurate as GPS coordinates.


What is CoastSnap?

CoastSnap is an international concept that is used to gather data on coastlines and to engage the communities through a citizen science approach, allowing individuals to engage with measuring how beaches and coastlines change over time. Citizens are able to take photographs with smart phones which will enable them to capture a valuable and consistent record of the beach/coast state, which can then be uploaded and shared via the CoastSnap App and/or social media channels.

Find out more about the CoastSnap Project on the website.


Through the use of the CoastSnap App, the project will aim to:

Develop a free citizen science led beach monitoring initiative that supports and data collection of our changing coastline

Build a visual timeline of the changing landscape by observing seasonal changes and gaining a better understanding of coastal erosion, natural habitats and the environment

Integrate environmental education opportunities and promote awareness of protecting our coast to local schools, young people and families

Build a community database that provides new insights on beach response to changing weather and wave conditions and extreme storms.

Support research with the ‘Yorkshire Marine Nature Partnership’ into how our marine ecosystems link with other elements of our coastline, including heritage, tourism and industry






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