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Wildlife at Hornsea Museum

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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.

Gift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsAccepts groups

Leisure facilities onsiteGrounds for outdoor activitiesChildren welcomeDogs accepted

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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The Mere, Off Queens Gardens,
HU18 1AX



See location of Hornsea Mere on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: TA 198472  Lat: 53.90792 Long: -0.17751

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

Accessible by Public Transport: 13 miles from Beverley station


  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Leisure facilities onsiteLeisure facilities onsite
  • Grounds for outdoor activitiesGrounds for outdoor activities
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted

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