A quick guide to some of the towns and villages of the East Yorkshire Coast.
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Bempton Village lies close to the boundary with North Yorkshire and boasts a 13th Century church as well as being home to RSPB Bempton - a nature reserve situated on Bempton cliffs, home to around 200,000 seabirds.
Flamborough Village and headland sit at the northerly end of the East Riding of Yorkshire. The chalk cliff headland extends into the North Sea by 4 miles and is said to be the only place on the east coast where you can watch the sun set over the sea. It is rich in bird and marine life and is protected as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Marine Special Area of Conservation. Traditionally a fishing village, catches are still landed at Flamborough as well as it being a popular tourist destination. The functioning lighthouse is often open for tours and the South Landing is home to the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Living Seas Centre.
Sewerby village is situated approximately 1 mile north east of Bridlington. Sewerby is home to one of the East Riding's most popular tourist attractions, Sewerby Hall & Gardens. The hall is a Grade I listed building with a mix of period rooms and local history exhibits including the story of aviation pioneer Amy Johnson. The 50 acres of picturesque grounds include walled gardens, a children's playground and a zoo.
The coastal town which boasts sandy beaches, award winning promenades and a historic harbour. Whether it’s a day at the beach searching for sea life, a walk along the promenade with fish and chips or some retail therapy there’s something for everyone. Bridlington has everything you would expect from a seaside resort - fairground rides, amusements, beach huts, a busy fishing fleet and a promenade enhanced by public artworks. If you want to venture a little further you can hop onboard the land train to Sewerby Hall & Gardens, then finish your day with a fantastic show at The Spa. Bridlington is steeped in history with a 900 year old working harbour, a heritage coastline and a high street in the Old Town that is teeming with ancient buildings.
Bridlington Old Town
It’s not all about the sun, sea and sand. Right in the heart of Bridlington is the Old Town. A world away from the bustling beaches, the Old Town offers a slower pace of life with lots of things to do and see. Make the most of this historic hub by following the Old Town Trail exploring some fine heritage landmarks along the way. The stunning Priory Church dates back to 1113AD and was originally one of England’s leading monasteries. This awe-inspiring building is definitely worth a visit. The Old Town is packed full of independent shops and galleries with plenty of hidden treasures to be found.
One of the many settlements on the East Yorkshire Coast to have the origins of its name in Viking invasions, Skipsea today has an altogether less dramatic way of life, largely based around tourism and agriculture. A Grade 1 listed church and the earthworks of a former castle are features of the village and the nearby home of Mr Moos ice cream where you can meet the cows and try the latest flavours is a popular draw with tourists and locals alike.
The seaside town of Hornsea is perfect for a family day out, with a lovely sandy beach, a busy promenade to stroll along, amusements and plenty of attractions for all the family. The town has retained a pleasant village atmosphere and people come from miles around to visit. It also has a colourful history of smuggling, a trade which was aided and abetted by the entire town, even the local church, whose vault was used to stash contraband. These days shopping has taken over from smuggling as one of Hornsea's favourite pastimes, explore the town centre's numerous independent shops before relaxing in the cosy tea rooms with some irresistible homemade tea and cake.
At the north end of the promenade, Hornsea's Floral Hall stages festivals, concerts, plays and dances throughout the year. Hornsea Freeport Shopping Village offers everything from big name fashion brands to kitchenware and china at shoestring prices - all in beautiful landscaped surroundings and a charming village atmosphere.
The award-winning Hornsea Folk Museum is housed within a historic farmhouse in the town centre, with a Victorian farm kitchen, dairy, blacksmith`s shop and large gardens. Pottery, spinning and lace-making demonstrations take place regularly.
And for a little peace and tranquility amid all the attractions, take a picnic to Hornsea Mere, Yorkshire's largest freshwater lake and RSPB reserve, where you can have a go at the gentler watersports, like sailing, rowing and fishing, or take a motor-boat trip around the lake. This is also a popular spot for birdwatchers.
Another of the coast's historic churches sits in this quiet village and plays host to the 13th Century tomb of Sir John de Melsa, warrior and Governor of York. Nearby is Burton Constable Hall, an Elizabethan mansion and grounds open to the public.
With miles of sandy beaches and plenty of family entertainment, Withernsea is perfect for a relaxing day at the seaside, and enjoys the atmosphere of a smaller, more traditional resort. Withernsea provides plenty of entertainment for everyone on and off the beach, including a market area which is open several days a week, and the Valley Gardens, a beautifully landscaped open space with seating, children's playgrounds and a stage which, in the main season, along with the seafront, is the platform for a host of free open air concerts, events and activities. An entertainments programme for the season is available from any Tourist Information Centre.
In the town centre, the Lighthouse Museum features RNLI, HM Coastguard exhibits, a lovely garden and tea room, a local history room and a memorial to the 1950s film star Kay Kendall. This local girl brought a touch of glamour to Withernsea. She married Rex Harrison shortly before her tragic death in 1959 at the age of just 32, and after a string of high profile affairs with minor royalty and co-stars. Climb the 144 steps up the 127 ft lighthouse tower for breathtaking views over the town, out to sea, along the coast and across the flat landscape of Holderness.
South of Withernsea, Spurn Point National Nature Reserve, stretches along this fascinating land formation and supports a variety of plants and wildlife unique to this region. This is one of the best places in the country to watch migrating birds. The peninsula has a 120ft lighthouse and is famous for its lifeboat, the only constantly manned lifeboat station around Britain`s shores, which keeps watch over the Humber Estuary.
At the time of writing Spurn Point is closed to the public due to damage caused by tidal surge floods in December 2013 - check on the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust website for updates: http://www.ywt.org.uk/reserves/spurn-nature-reserve
Text courtesy of VHEY with additional text by Adrian Riley