Yorkshire's East Coast

Hunmanby and Reighton Gaps

Prior to WW2, the beaches south of Filey and Bridlington were considered as potential landing grounds for a German invasion. Accordingly, the beaches were defended by a chain of strongpoints and individual pill-boxes.

Although the beaches were suitable for disembarking troops and equipment, exits from the beach into the hinterland were few and far between..........Hunmanby Gap was one of the few.

Wargaming scenarios were written up as a novel where a German invasion takes place on the east coast of Yorkshire.
In this novel, Seelöwe Nord, author Andy Johnson describes the fighting around the Hunmanby Gap.

He bases much of his action around real defences and I was particularly keen to find the site of a '6 Pounder' positioned to cover the exit from the beach.

Thanks to Facebook and the amazing "Extended Defence of Britain Database" I was able to locate this position.

The actual Hunmanby Gap.

The gun mounting and the view down into the exit from the beach.

A short video exploring the position.

I decided to view the gun position on the beach from the attacker's point of view.

I was somewhat shocked to see the precarious nature of the gun position......especially as I had been jumping around trying to photograph the best view.

I would strongly advise that a visit to this location takes place a few steps back from the actual position.
It is only a matter of time before the bunker crashes down onto the beach.


Up the beach, north, towards Filey there is a large bunker that has been washed onto the beach.

A few hundred metres further there is a second bunker cast onto the beach.

Both bunkers are accessible........the inside space was clean.

1.6km south of Hunmanby is the Reighton Gap which was also heavily defended.

Extensive remains are stretched across the beach.

Long rows of anti-tank blocks run parallel and also at right angles to the beach.