Hornsea Rail Trail (Hull to Hornsea)

Route Details

  • From/To: Hull to Hornsea
  • Distance: 15 miles (30 mile round trip).  This is approximately 4 hours.
  • Type: Largely traffic free
  • Terrain/Surface: No hills. Tarmac roads and paths, some gravel tracks.
  • National Cycle Network: National Route 65
  • Access: Hull Paragon train station

Route Description

This enjoyable traffic-free ride along the Hornsea Rail Trail goes from the centre of the maritime city of Hull, out across the flat and fertile Holderness plain to finish at the small seaside town of Hornsea. For a shorter trip, there’s the option of diverting off the signed Trail to 18th century Burton Constable Hall (open Apr-Oct). The shorter option is a 15 mile round trip, which is approximately 2 hours.

To follow the route:

  • Exit Hull Paragon station’s main entrance, cross Ferensway at the lights, and bear right then left onto Paragon Street.  Turn first right into South St. then left onto Carr Lane. Follow TPT / National Route 65 signs (and the cycle lanes) all the way to where the traffic-free section starts off Damson Lane.
  • You are soon cycling through the lovely countryside of the Holderness Plain with open views of woodlands, fields, and eventually, the sea!
  • Stay on the trail all the way to Hornsea, taking care when crossing roads, and giving way to walkers and horse-riders. You can take a break at pubs at the pretty villages of New Ellerby and Great Hatfield on the way.
  • The route takes you right through to the seafront and beach in Hornsea with its panoramic coastal views. Enjoy seaside attractions, cafes, pubs, fish and chip shops and play areas for children. Back towards the freshwater mere (Yorkshire’s largest lake!) is a small award-winning museum of local life.
  • For the shorter ride to Burton Constable Hall, go through the parking area at New Ellerby and past The Railway Inn. Keep straight ahead out of the village and turn left as the road bears right into Old Ellerby. Follow the quiet lane round to a T-junction, turn right and right again into the Hall’s parkland. Entry into the Stables Tearoom is free.


Download a free map of the route here.

Things to see and do

  • The Deep, Hull
  • Maritime Museum, Hull
  • Spurn Lightship, Hull Marina
  • Hornsea Museum

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This is a wonderful route that takes you from the bustling city of Kingston upon Hull, across beautiful agricultural landscapes, to the seaside resort of Hornsea. This route forms part of the Trans Pennine Trail.

15 miles