Hornsea South Beach

Hornsea South is a sand and shingle beach located next to the small seaside resort of Hornsea on Yorkshire’s East Riding coast. It is a popular beach for many different water sports and also for walkers with the Transpennine Trail finishing here.

This part of the coastline is subject to coastal erosion and a number of small villages in the area are now submerged by the sea.  After a major storm in 1906, a sea wall was built to protect Hornsea. The beach is also lined with wooden groynes to prevent the beach from being washed away.

The town has existed since the medieval period, but was expanded during Victorian times when it became a popular seaside retreat. There is a promenade running alongside the beach. The beach itself is reached either down a short flight of stairs or a slipway. 

There is plenty of parking available in Hornsea, close to the beach. There are also toilets, shops and places to eat.

Beyond the town is Hornsea Mere, one of the largest lakes in Yorkshire. It is a popular place for bird watchers and is the base for the Hornsea Sailing Club.

Type of beach

Sand & shingle

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

Dogs are allowed on the southern part of Hornsea beach

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  • Kayaking/canoeing
  • Jet-skiing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Wind surfing


  • Promenade

Nearest town



HU18 1PZ

OS grid ref.

TA 2128 4714


Parking available - charges apply

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Hornsea South Beach Reviews


Barnsley Bob
Feb 07th 2022

A beautiful unspoilt place, plenty of local pubs chippies cafes ice creams etc, beach 2nd to none. Spent hours with grand kids and dogs and just 1H 30 Mins drive from Tarn, quality family time place.


Jun 13th 2021

Had a lovely day out.. The beach was clean even though it was a dog beach.. Had such a fab day and the kids and dogs loved it.

The seaside

Jul 31st 2020

Sit on the sand, go to the sea, eat an ice cream, eat food, I like the pictures

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