Dig a little deeper - 6 essential experiences on the East Yorkshire Coast.
1. Go on Safari
Flamborough cliffs are the huge chalk edifices you can see from Bridlington Bay - they're actually the highest in Britain. Whilst high tides see them battered by the waves, low tide reveals caves in the foot of the cliffs that can be accessed from North Landing and via the cliff footpaths & steps near the lighthouse at Flamborough Head. The rocky shore is home to all manner of sealife and a 'Seashore Safari' will guide you on how to discover crabs, periwinkles, anemones, even lobsters.
The cliffs are themselves are also teaming with wildlife and the best place to spot puffins on this stretch of coast in spring and early summer. But for a real close-up view of the seabirds take one of the 'Living Sea Safari' boat tips run by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust with local fishermen in the summer months where you'll learn more about the area's caves, stacks, cliffs and underwater reefs and the thousands of creatures living there.
2. Climb a lighthouse (with a difference)
East Yorkshire currently has two lighthouses you can climb (and there's possibility of a third before the end of 2014) but Withernsea lighthouse is rather unique in actually being inland. Now a museum, the lighthouse has a winding staircase up to the top for magnificent views over the land and sea - on a clear day you can pick out the Humber Bridge. And if you need some refreshment after the climb there's a tea room and large garden to recover in.
3. Eat locally-caught Fish n Chips on the harbourside
You can't get much close to the source of your food than fish and chips in Bridlington Harbour. There are several 'chippies' to choose from and those serving locally caught fish usually proudly display the fact - some may even have some less common fish varieties on offer. Depending on the tides you might manage to time your meal with the fleet bringing in the day's catch - there's few things more relaxing than watching someone else at work...
4. Meet 200,000 local residents
RSPB Bempton is one of Britain's top wildlife attractions and is at its most spectacular in spring and summer when over migrating seabirds nest on the cliffs. The visitor centre will provide you with the info of what to look out for before you venture onto the cliff-top path and be amazed at the sight and sound of hundreds of thousands of birds swirling below you.
5. Take the kids crabbing
Generations of children have spent many a happy hour on a quayside or slipway dangling a line or net for crabs. It's fun and very cheap, and you might be surprised at the different crabs you find. And after you've returned the little fellas you've landed back to sea for someone else to try their luck with, treat yourself to a decent sized specimen from a harbour stall or even fresh off a boat for tea. Mum and Dad can decide if their supervision of the day's haul merits a glass of chilled wine to accompany the meal.
6. Catch your tea
There's few things more satisfying that bringing home a fine specimen for the evening meal landed by your own hands. The East Yorkshire Coast provides rich opportunity whether your taste runs to lobster (you can legally catch 2 per day with a free permit) or trying your skill with a rod and line on a beach such as Hornsea (known to be good for Cod and Bass). Many of the coast's towns and villages have boats that run trips out to sea with knowledgeable locals. Check with the IFCA for permits and catch restrictions: