Hornsea Mere

Type:Nature Reserve

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Hornsea Mere, in East Yorkshire

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Hornsea Mere is the largest freshwater lake in Yorkshire and the final remnant of a huge wetland that once featured many smaller meres and marshy areas. Hornsea Mere lies to the west of Hornsea in the East Riding of Yorkshire.
Surface area‎: ‎467 acres (1.89 km2) Surface elevation‎: ‎26 feet (8 m)
Max. width‎: ‎0.75 miles (1.2 km) Max. depth‎: ‎12 feet (3.7 m)

A Site of Special Scientific Interest and internationally important for birds with large numbers of over-wintering wildfowl and roosting gulls. Due to its closeness to the North Sea, the lake attracts a variety of wintering birds including gadwalls, goldeneyes and tufted ducks. The mere's reedbeds provide breeding sites for hundreds of pairs of reed warblers. It is also an important site for little gulls which congregate in large numbers in autumn. The reedswamps are of special interest with a number of scarce craneflies, dance-flies, snail-killing flies and moths.

Hire a rowing boat, fishing boat or take a motorboat trip around the lake or for those who prefer to stay on dry land there is an 18 hole putting green or treat yourself in the café and gift shop.

Hornsea Mere Boat Hire

The Hornsea Mere Marine Company offers rowing boats and sailing boats for hire, and sailing tuition for those who want to sharpen their skills in a safe environment.

Rowing boat hire, fishing boat hire or take a motorboat trip around the lake. 18 hole putting green, café, gift shop.

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  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site


  • Children welcome

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  • Grounds for outdoor activities
  • Leisure facilities onsite

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  • Dogs Accepted
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets

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  • Accepts groups



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      Map & Directions

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      By Car:
      From Bridlington: A165 / B1242.
      Beverley: A1035.
      Hull: A165.
      Bus: Nr. 130 from Bridlington. Nr. 246 from Hull / Beverley.

      Accessible by Public Transport: Beverley station is 13 miles away.

      The Mere, Off Queens Gardens, Hornsea, HU18 1AX
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