Withernsea's Fish Trail

Pick up a leaflet and see how may you can find!

Leaflets are available from various establishments around the town

How it all began...

In 2015 students from Withernsea Primary School visited Hull’s Fish Trail. Inspired by the trip, the pupils embarked upon a project to create their own trail around their home town of Withernsea.

The pupils began by identifying locations around the town linked to the local fishing industry and a route was created. Each location is either linked directly to the fishing industry in the town or has some connection to fishing along the length of the Holderness coastline.

The next stage was to discover more about the local fish and shellfish species inhaviting the waters off the Holderness coast. After researching and choosing different species, artwork was produced by the project team, which was used to created laminted markers, a map and an information leaflet for the next stage of the project. 

Finally, each location mapped on the trail was paired with a fish or shellfish marker and Withernsea Town Council and the local press were invited to visit Withernsea Fish Trail with a view to making their project a permanent feature in the town. 

As a result of the enthusiasm and sense of community demonstrated by creating the initial trail, the Town Council were proud to step up to the challenge and create Withernsea Fish Trail.

Stone Plaques - Stephen Carvil 2020
"It has been a fantastic example of local collaboration bringing together school children, artists and Holderness FLAG partners to deliver a real celebration and showcase of Withernsea’s fishing heritage”

We would like to thank...

The staff and pupils of Withernsea Primary School for the inspiration, the initial concept and their artwork.

FLAG and East Riding of Yorkshire Council for their guidance and generosity for the funding that  allowed the project to exist.

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust for their knowledge, the workshop they held at Withernsea Primary School and the design work for the leaflets and information board. 

Emma Stothard, sculptor, for her inspiring crab sculpture.

Stephen Carvill, sculptor, for the beautifully carved stone plaques.

Charles Campbell and his team from C L Campbell Engineering for producing the illustration work on the metal plaques.

Precious Prints for printing the information leaflets.

And a big thank you to everyone who follows Withernsea Fish Trail!

Crab in the workshop

About the Artists...

Emma Stothard, Sculptor

A local girl, who growing up at Kilnsea, Emma has a unique understand of the Holderness peninsula and coastline and has clearly drawn on her own experience of the wildness of the area to create a beautiful crab as a mascot for the trail.

Check out Emm’s website to see where you can find her work exhibited.

Stephen Carvill, Sculptor and Stone Mason

Stephen is a relatively local artist to Withernsea, living and work in Bridlington. 

You may be interest to take a look a video of Stephen that provides an insight into how he develops a creative concept and the artistic process behind his work for the ‘Gansey Girl’ statue.

The Holderness Coast

The Holderness coast extends 61km from Flamborough in the North to Spurn Point in the South. It has a proud and long standing fishing heritage which has seen significant changes.

There are 3 main landing sites – Withernsea, Hornsea and Bridlington – which directly support around 150 fishermen, over 60 small boats and indirectly support hundreds of other local jobs. The Holderness coast boasts the largest lobster port in the UK and one of the most significant in Europe – over 3,500 tonnes shellfish worth over £10 million landed on its shore alone in 2018. Most of the shellfish landed at local ports is exported to France, Spain and Portugal.

As it is a local inshore industry, run by small businesses in a sustainable way, there are very strict regulations about the size of crab and lobster that can be landed. Local fishermen are adopting new methods to protect local fish stocks, including the introduction of escape gaps in lobster pots to allow undersized individuals to escape and soft bottoms to prevent damage to lobsters and the seabed.

Fishing at Withernsea has always been small scale, with fishermen launching their boats from the beach rather than a port. This means that they are restricted a lot more by weather and sea conditions.

In Withernsea, the fishing community are continually working with conservationists at Yorkshire Wildlife Trust to maintain a healthy marine environment and a healthy fishery.


“The Fish Trail is a wonderful addition to Withernsea’s coastal town attractions. Emma’s sculpture will certainly draw the visitors’ eye.”
Cllr Terry Dagnall
Withernsea's Mayor

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