'Active Beacon Photopost Project' launched to promote the East Yorkshire coastline and help monitor coastal erosion

Mon, 18 Jul 2022

East Riding of Yorkshire Council is delighted to launch the 'Active Beacon' Photopost Project, a joint initiative with the University of Hull's Energy & Environment Institute, which is linked to the global CoastSnap programme.

With strong links to the Blue Health agenda, the Photopost Project takes advantage of our blue spaces to improve active recreation, physical activity opportunities and mental wellbeing, through the development of connected and accessible infrastructure.

Residents and visitors are encouraged to explore the East Yorkshire coast's iconic locations, whilst capturing hidden gems on camera. A series of artistic wood turned photoposts lead the way, offering connected trails and wayfinding, with opportunities to support coastal monitoring of the landscape through the University of Hull's 'Active Learning' programme and free citizen-led science.

Taking inspiration from historic coastal landmarks, these sympathetic active beacons can be explored across a number of locations on the East Yorkshire coast, building links to the future rollout of the England Coast path throughout 2022 and beyond, including trails at:

  • Sewerby to Bempton
  • Hornsea
  • Withernsea
  • Spurn Point

Visitors can set out on a linear route to take in a cluster of posts, map their own circular route, or try and complete them all and cover the East Yorkshire coast. For a full list of routes, visit: www.visiteastyorkshire.co.uk/things-to-do/active-beacons-coast-photo-posts-p1619071

Also look out for a series of led walks as part of the Active Coast 'Explore' offer www.activecoast.org and within the Walking East Yorkshire Festival in September www.walkingeastyorkshirefestival.co.uk

Photoposts 'Active Beacons'

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 wider project. Users are encouraged to take photos and upload to social media using the hashtag name listed on each beacon.

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.

University of Hull's 'Active Learning' Programme

The 'Active Learning' programme aims 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 coastal responses 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

Find out more about the Active Learning Project on https://activelearning.hull.ac.uk/

What is CoastSnap?

CoastSnap is an international programme, initially developed by the University of New South Wales (Australia), 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. Visitors 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 CoastSnap project on their website.

COVID Recovery

Supported by Public Health, this project enhances opportunities to explore the wonderful East Yorkshire coast, encouraging residents and visitors to exercise outdoors and improve their health and wellbeing through walking, running and cycling following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Councillor Jane Evison, portfolio holder for economic investment, growth and tourism at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: "During the pandemic our beautiful East Riding Coastline became increasingly popular as residents and visitors to the area looked to increase their physical activity levels whilst taking in the breathtaking scenery.

"The 'Active Beacon' Photopost Project looks to continue to promote this whilst also using the opportunity to monitor the serious issue of coastal erosion using the wooden art installations. I would encourage visitors to the coastline in the upcoming months to take part in the project and discover the stunning views on offer."

Katie Parsons, lead researcher at the University of Hull, said: "These photopost installations along the East Riding coast combine getting outdoors with learning about our wider coastal environments and monitoring how they are changing over time.

"The project makes everyone with access to a smart phone a mini-scientist, collecting important data on coastal erosion processes through to the longer-term changes resulting from sea-level rise."


The project has been supported and funded by a wide range of partners including:

Visit East Yorkshire

ERYC Health & Wellbeing Team (Active Coast)

University of Hull's Higher Education Innovation Fund

Yorkshire Coast Bid

The RSPB Bempton Cliffs

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

ERYC Public Health

Yorkshire Marine Nature Partnership