Hornsea Mere

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Hornsea Mere
Hornsea Mere.jpg
Swan Island, Hornsea Mere
Location Yorkshire
Coordinates 53°54′20″N 0°11′10″W / 53.90556°N 0.18611°W / 53.90556; -0.18611Coordinates: 53°54′20″N 0°11′10″W / 53.90556°N 0.18611°W / 53.90556; -0.18611
Basin countries United Kingdom
Max. length 2 miles (3.2 km)
Max. width 0.75 miles (1.2 km)
Surface area 467 acres (1.89 km2)
Max. depth 12 feet (3.7 m)

Hornsea Mere is the largest freshwater lake in Yorkshire,[1] England, and lies to the west of Hornsea in the East Riding.

It covers an area of 467 acres (1.89 km2), is 2 miles (3.2 km) long, 0.75 miles (1.2 km) at its widest point and 12 feet (3.7 m) at its deepest.

Hornsea Mere is a centre for bird-watching and a tourist attraction offering rowing, sailing, boat trips and fishing. It is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Protection Area for birds; it accommodates many species throughout the year, and is of international importance for a migratory population of gadwall. Its shallowness results in a diverse range of swamp and fen plants.

It was featured in the BBC television programme Seven Natural Wonders.[2]

Hornsea Mere is owned by Wassand Hall, situated to the west of the mere, and was purchased by the Hall's estate for £50 in the 16th century.[3]

The mere is the base for Hornsea Sailing Club.[4]


  1. ^ "Special Protection Area - Hornsea Mere". Joint Nature Conservation Committee. 2001. Retrieved 27 July 2008. 
  2. ^ "Yorkshire and Lincolnshire - Hornsea Mere". Seven Wonders. BBC. Retrieved 24 September 2009. 
  3. ^ "Cycle ride at Hornsea Mere". Gazette & Herald. 16 June 2011. Retrieved 27 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "Hornsea Sailing Club". Hornsea Sailing Club. Retrieved 12 May 2010. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Hornsea Mere at Wikimedia Commons

  • "Hornsea Mere"; East Riding of Yorkshire Council. Retrieved 27 June 2012