Follow the Code

Outdoor Safety

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Intro

The East Riding coast is full of beautiful scenery that can be explored through hugely popular walks on our beaches and through our countryside. This beauty is not without risk however. Make sure you take all the necessary precautions before you head outside!

The Coast Code

East Riding of Yorkshire Council offers some beautiful and diverse coastal walks, many with access to beach and or coastal views, from Bempton cliffs in the north to Spurn Point in the south. Make sure you observe any and all public notices you come across for your own safety.

The Seashore Code
  • Leave seashore creatures where you find them. Some have shells for protection but many hide under rocks, seaweed or in the sand. Do not collect living plants or animals. Take care when touching soft-bodied creatures.
  • Carefully lift and replace any rocks you move, as small creatures need them for shelter.
  • Leave seaweed in place.
  • Do not trample through rock pools.
  • Only collect empty seashells and then only a few.
  • Leave pebbles and rocks on the beach. Do not collect them for your garden.
  • Approaching wildlife may be dangerous e.g. seals can bite.
  • Watch seabirds from a distance through binoculars.
  • Take photographs home as long lasting souvenirs of the wonders of nature that occur along the East Yorkshire coast.
Beach visits
  • Read the safety/public sign/bathing flag notices. They are there for your safety.
  • Where lifeguards operate you are required to follow their instructions and advice.
  • Respect the beaches/coastline and other people using the area.
  • Check the tide times and the weather forecast before your visit and be aware of your access and exit from the beach.
  • The sun's rays can be intensified by the sea and can cause certain forms of skin cancer. Avoid exposure to the sun by protecting sensitive areas, use plenty of sunscreen and wear an appropriate hat.
  • For your health and safety do not enter the sea or remain on any part of the beach designated as a boat-launching channel.
  • Do not obstruct the launch access of the lifeboats at Bridlington, Flamborough, Withernsea or Hornsea's inshore rescue boat.
  • Motorcycles, quad bikes and other off road vehicles are not permitted on any beach.
  • The lighting of fires, gas stoves or gas barbecues should not take place and permits to stage special events are issued via the foreshore office.
  • Report any suspicious items to the coastguard/police, e.g. munitions, pollution or unidentified objects that may have washed ashore. For your own safety do not touch them.
Coastal and cliff walks
  • Keep well away from all cliff edges as they may be dangerously undercut by erosion.
  • Do not walk at the foot of chalk cliffs as they are unstable and rocks/debris may fall.
  • Do not climb chalk cliffs as they are unstable and may crumble.
  • Do not climb low clay cliffs, as they can be dangerous when wet.
  • Beware of being trapped by incoming tides.
  • Treat all cliffs as dangerous areas. Children and pets should be supervised and kept under control at all times.
  • Please keep dogs on leads when walking on cliff tops

The Countryside Code

There are not many things better than going for a leisurely stroll round your local village, past windswept cliffs, rolling hills and open fields.

However, it is important to realise you are not alone! Spare a thought for the birds, animals, plants and trees you may encounter and what you can do to help conserve their future. Keep to designated routes, close any gates you open and keep your dogs under close control.

Download The Countryside Code

Be aware and take care

Weever Fish and Jellyfish

Found all around the coast of the United Kingdom in areas with warm shallow water and a sandy beach. The fish buries itself in the sand leaving only its head and black dorsal fin visible.

The sting feels like a sharp stab and is very painful but will not leave any permanent damage. The best treatment is to place the affected foot in a bowl of hot water until the pain subsides.

Can also be a potential hazard as they are occasionally found along the coast. If one stings you do not rub the affected area, as this will cause more pain. Spray the area with cold seawater and apply ice (if available).

Dogs and Cattle
It's always good practice (and a legal requirement on 'open access' land) to keep your dog on a lead around farm animals and horses, for your own safety and for the welfare of the animals. A farmer may shoot a dog which is attacking or chasing farm animals without being liable to compensate the dog's owner.

However, if cattle or horses chase you and your dog, it is safer to let your dog off the lead - don't risk getting hurt by trying to protect it. Your dog will be much safer if you let it run away from a farm animal in these circumstances and so will you.

Everyone knows how unpleasant dog mess is and it can cause infections, so always clean up after your dog and get rid of the mess responsibly - 'bag it and bin it'. Make sure your dog is wormed regularly to protect it, other animals and people.
Cliffs and Landslides
Keep well away from all cliff edges as they may be dangerously undercut by erosion. Do not walk at the foot of chalk cliffs as they are unstable and rocks/debris may fall.
Storms and rain
Gales are the most common cause of damage and disruption in the UK. In the event of a storm Stay indoors as much as possible and if you are outside, avoid water and find a low-lying open place that is a safe distance from trees, poles or metal objects. Visit the Met Office for further details on how to keep safe in a thunderstorm.
Stay Safe in a Thunderstorm
Ice
Ice can form over the surface of garden ponds, lakes and even rivers during exceptionally cold periods. It can also form over road surfaces, cars, building and vegetation in the form of black ice, frost or snow. Visit the Met Office for more information on types of Ice.
Types of Ice

Dress for the conditions

Dress to Impress

There's nothing more British than talking about the weather! Two in five Brits turn to the weather as a conversation-starter when they need to get a chat going, with the average person spending the equivalent of more than six months of their life talking about the weather.

Follow the 3 'P's before heading out and you won't go far wrong

Plan - Prepare - Proceed

Plan
Research your route before you set off. The internet is a fantastic source of information with many websites detailing pre-planned routes, including distances, terrain, difficulty and also, points of interest. Mobile apps and maps are great, but unfortunately internet connections aren't always reliable. Take a map with you, tell others where you are going and check the weather forecast!
Prepare
Be ready for anything the British countryside can throw at you. Take water, food, waterproof clothing and wear suitable footwear for the conditions. Remember, you can always take layers of clothing off in hot weather, but cannot put it on if you've left your best sweater in the wardrobe and it's freezing cold. In sunny conditions wear sunscreen and reapply regularly throughout the day.
Proceed
Enjoy yourself. Give yourself plenty of time to complete your walk, especially in winter with shortened daylight hours. Be prepared to turn back if you get tired or are struggling with conditions, you can always come back another day.

Contact Information

Contact Number When to contact them
East Riding Customer Services 01482 393939 General enquiries
Foreshores 01262 678255 Coastal enquiries such as chalets, beach wheelchairs etc.
Countryside Access Team 01482 395201 Public rights of way,
Emergency Services (e.g. Fire and Rescue, Coastguard etc.) 999 In the event of emergencies only

Check the Weather

If heading into the great outdoors, remember to check the weather and plan accordingly. Weather can change quickly.

Visit MET Office

Check the tides

If you have a fun day at the beach planned, be sure to know local tide times so you don't get caught out on rock pools or swimming.

Visit TideTimes.org
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