Trails for Foot, Bike and Car

Approaching from the South, the East Riding of Yorkshire has its own impressive entrance in the shape of the Humber Bridge.  When it was first built, it had the longest unsupported span of any suspension bridge.  At 1.5 miles across the Humber Estuary, it remains a spectacular sight, although it is no longer the longest.

Follow the motorway into Hull, which in the past was at the heart of Britains fishing industry.  Be prepared for something of a surprise as you enter the town, then head for the old town and the museum quarter.  Hull boasts eight free to enter museums, and the best place to start your exploration is with the four museums on the High Street of the Old Town.  Here you can learn about life in the East Riding from the Hull and East Riding Museum, learn about transport at the Street Life Museum, find out about the rigours of life on a trawler aboard the Arctic Corsair and visit Wilberforce House the erstwhile home of the slave-trade abolitionist, all without spending a single penny.  Addresses can be found here

Follow the river out towards the sea, and eventually you will reach Spurn Point, with its pair of lighthouses guiding shipping through the hazardous waters at the mouth of the Humber to the ports further inland.  The tourist information office will provide details of a trail along the coast from Spurn Point to Flamborough which traces the history of lighthouses and beacons along the coast.  The trail is 45 miles long, car parking and refreshments are available at each lighthouse, and of course, in the villages along the trail.

At the northern end of the East Riding coast is the seaside resort of Bridlington. This traditional seaside town has wonderful sandy beaches where the children can build sandcastles to their hearts content.  Older visitors will enjoy the walk along the promenade, or a visit to Sewerby Hall and Gardens.  The Spa right down by the seafront has been renovated and brought up to date inside, and is the venue for a wide range of different shows throughout the season.

From Bridlington, head inland across the wolds towards Beverley.  Take a stop along the way to explore the town of Driffield, known as the Capital of the Wolds.  Arrive on the first Saturday of the month and treat yourself to a visit to the regular Farmers' Market.  Take a stroll through the centre of the town, and admire the variety of Victorian buildings, or walk along the canal to The Riverhead where you will find converted warehouses and the town lock.  Stop awhile with your camera to hand.  Call into the Tourist Information Office and pick up details of the many walking and cycling trails through the beauty of the countryside.

Arriving in Beverley, you cannot help but be impressed by the vibrant feel of the town. Known as the town of festivals, there is always something happening from folk festivals to kite flying festivals.  Stroll through the old town, following the Beverley Town Trail, and drink in the atmosphere of the narrow streets.  You will find plenty of places to eat and drink on your route.  There are plenty of places to shop amongst the old cobbled streets, including a regular market on Saturdays.  Outside the town is the racecourse, which, in addition to horse-racing days, stages many different events and festivals throughout the year.

Take a look at the East Riding, an area of hidden beauty with locations to interest young and old alike.

Last updated on 23/05/2013 3:22pm by Sharon Eason
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