An exciting new trail has just been installed on Withernsea promenade. Withernsea Fossil Trail, a part of the Withernsea Seafront Improvement Plan, has been funded by East Riding of Yorkshire Council.
The trail sees 11 distance marker posts made out of reclaimed ‘groynes’ from the old sea defences, placed every 200 metres (a furlong) along the promenade in both directions from Pier Towers. Each post has a marker plaque showing an image of one of the types of fossils that can be found on Withernsea beach.
Withernsea Seafront Improvement Plan aims to increase the usage and attractiveness of the seafront for the whole community and visitors to Withernsea, and it is hoped that this initiative will act as a catalyst for further regeneration of the town.
Kevan Hough, chair of Withernsea and South East Holderness Regeneration Partnership (W&SEHRP), said: “The Regeneration Partnership is very pleased that the fossil trail is now in place. The original idea for the trail came from our board members and we incorporated this idea into our Seafront Improvement Plan.
“This trail is unique; we could not find a similar trail anywhere else in the world. Originally we were just going to have distance markers, but we saw the potential to add to this, hence Fossil Furlongs.
“We are very grateful to East Riding of Yorkshire Council for funding the project. I am looking forward to seeing the pleasure the trail will bring to everyone. You can pick up a trail leaflet or download one from the Withernsea 1 website.”
Councillor Andy Burton, cabinet portfolio holder for economic investment and planning delivery at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “Withernsea seafront is an important location for both residents of the town and for visitors to enjoy.
“The new fossil trail has been identified as a priority by local people and East Riding of Yorkshire Council, working alongside the community and our partners, is delighted to be delivering on these local priorities.
“The improvements along the seafront will complement other recent investments in the town and will also help spark further regeneration in Withernsea.”
A fun-filled celebration event is set to take place on Monday, 29 October and will include a fossil walk on the beach and a fossil display.