Second World War bunkers, lost islands and abandoned villages - the things I learnt on the Spurn Point walk

There is just something special about Spurn Point.

Whether witnessing the stunning sunsets, the sound of waves or learning about centuries of history and importance, the Spurn Point walk has been loved by East Yorkshire ramblers for years.

Its bizarre shape along the East Coast is one of the most beautiful natural walks around - and I spent the afternoon doing just that.

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The weather couldn't make its mind up. Every two seconds grey skies turned to blue as I thought I had picked the wrong day for this ramble. The wind was steady as the last of the solid ground turned to a mile of sand as we walked by the people transporter at the entrance.

To the left, the North Sea with a distant wind farm and plenty of thousand or so tonne cargo ships coming and going to the Humber. To the right, the darker Spurn Bight bay at the mouth of the Humber. The first kilometre of the walk was spent trying to find as solid ground as we could, with the sand giving way with every step. But with the now picking up breeze, the sand would gently fly on the top of the beach, giving me a slight feeling of Paul Atreides from Dune as he walks on Arrakis, without the cinematic orange tint.

As some firm ground appeared, we got a greater vantage point of the Spurn Bright - a seemingly desolate stretch of land. We spotted some people quite far out, and I initially thought they were crabbing, but it was the opposite. The people were in fact part of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and helping reintroduce oysters to the Humber. YWT has been working to reintroduce Yorkshire's lost native oyster reef - which offers food and shelter for different marine wildlife. 100,000 native oysters were brought to the area to establish a thriving colony, with the YWT monitoring the changes to the ecosystem.

The first milestone of the walk is undoubtedly the Spurn Lighthouse - towering over the Humber at 128 ft, making it the tallest in the entire North. I've done this walk once or twice, admittedly as a peak pandemic lockdown way to keep me sane - so I've never had the opportunity to go into the Lighthouse since it's been transformed into a tourist attraction for a prime view of the entire area.

Although there has been a lighthouse on the land since the 15th century, the current landmark opened back in 1895. It lasted 90 years before becoming decommissioned in 1985 as ship navigation made the need for the tower obsolete - and reopened following funding to restore it. The Lighthouse is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and sporadically throughout the week during the summer months and school holidays.

Even older than the 15th-century lighthouse is what some people call the East Yorkshire Atlantis. Early maps show a lost land known as Ravenser Odd has been much researched by the University of Hull to find out what happened to the port - which at one point even rivalled Hull as the most important one in the land - but the area went to sleep with the fishes having been lost to time. Founded in 1235, Ravenser Odd fell victim to the crumbling coastline and was deemed completely vanished by 1346. However, researchers are trying to re-locate the area by using the same tech used to rediscover the Titanic.

Throughout history, Spurn was used for military purposes - from medical surges to the Second World War. A lot, if not the entire history is found beyond the lighthouse - and a part of the walk I was most looking forward to.

The Port War Signal Station still stands today, with visitors enjoying the freedom of being able to walk around in the bunker. The PWSS was implemented a year after an attack in 1914 by the Germans on the coastline. If any incoming vessels did not give the correct response to either a flag, radio or light symbol, manned guns in the bunker had the right to open fire and sink the potential enemy.

The last leg of the walk took me through the old RLNI Humber base - now eerily deserted since the Humber team relocated to Grimsby in June last year. The jetty leading into the River Humber - the cause of the move - still stands as a reminder of the lifeboat station that operated on Spurn for over 200 years. Homes of former staff - and at one point their families - an oddly modern contrast to the centuries of history the walk has given me. Now the only thing that seems to occupy these lands are herds of sheep.

Despite being on one of the most remote stretches of land, the animal life is thriving - no doubt thanks to Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. Some rams and sheep are kept in pens, but in the past, I've seen a seal pup having a nap and this time around I saw the distinctive hovering of a Kestrel looking for its dinner.

A vintage-looking signpost pointed me in the direction of the Point. Used to walking on sand and open air, this trail took me through some greenery that has been turned into micro-climates. Through some dense woodland, an opening showed another huge bunker that stands out as nature reclaims the land around it. I had stumbled across the remains of the spotlights used in the Second World War.

Just a few minutes later I would reach the end point - and was facing the River Humber in its entirety. Once I had soaked up the surroundings, it was time to head back.

Throughout the walk, there are constant reminders to check tide times, as since 2013 the area has become isolated from the mainland, transforming into an island - something I'd be amazed at witnessing, but did not fancy my chances at being stranded.

The best thing now is people don't even need to drive to get access to such a great beauty spot - with East Yorkshire buses now running a service.