Wheldrake Ings in the height of summer. Credit Carol Warren
North Cave Wetlands from the panoramic viewing hide. Credit Stuart Petch
The Yorkshire Nature Triangle in East Yorkshire includes the breathtaking wildlife-rich landscapes of The Humber Estuary and the Yorkshire Wolds as well as wetland wonders flanking the river Humber and inland country parks on former deer parks. The Yorkshire Wolds is a tranquil scene of ancient bluebell woodlands home to Roe deer, charming trails frequented by red kite, and a landscape of gentle dales and flat chalk grasslands dotted with unspoilt villages. At the mouth of the Humber sits one of the Yorkshire Nature Triangle’s most iconic nature reserves – the wildlife-rich narrow sandy spit finger of Spurn Point.
Spurn National Nature Reserve. Credit David Nichols
YWT Spurn - Migration ‘in action’, vast winter flocks of waders and waterbirds, 4x4 safaris, Lighthouse (autumn 2015).
The mighty river Humber has a strong presence in the south of the Yorkshire Nature Triangle, with the unmistakable three mile-long sand spit of Spurn Point both a mecca for migratory birds in spring and autumn, and visitors keen to enjoy the ‘wilderness’ feel of the sand dunes and rich maritime history including an historic lighthouse (*currently in full restoration, opening autumn 2015).
Yorkshire Water Tophill Low: Top 5 species: Otter (including ‘holt cam’), barn owl, winter ducks, water vole, woodland birds.
YWT North Cave (accessible) – Top 5 species: Avocet, marbled white butterfly, brown argus butterfly, wigeon, marsh harrier.
RSPB Blacktoft Sands (accessible) - Top 5 species: Marsh harrier, bearded tit, avocet, hen harrier, Konik ponies.
An Otter enjoys an early morning swim. Credit Elliot Smith
Move slightly inland from the coast and estuary, and discover magical wetlands like Tophill Low between Driffield and Beverley which plays host to regular sightings of sought-after wildlife like the otter and barn owl, whilst winter sees colourful wildfowl arrive in their thousands. Accessible North Cave Nature Reserve, a former gravel quarry and a real 21st century reserve is just half an hour from Hull and features a patchwork of deep lakes, wet grassland, gravel islands and reedbed which support over 200 species of breeding, wintering and passage migrants birds. The exquisite and iconic avocet has recently made a home at North Cave. A myriad of wetlands and reedbeds nestle alongside the river Humber, including Blacktoft Sands near Goole. The extensive reedbeds at Blacktoft are home to secretive wildlife like the bearded tit and bittern. These stepping stones along the river are also the perfect hunting ground for the impressive marsh harrier, a specialist of these habitats.
Country Parks & Apple Trails
Park nature reserves can be found inland or flanking the estuary. Beverley Parks sit on a former deer park dating from 1086 and are now home to the Millenium Orchard famed for its variety of apples. They include local varieties like the Beverley Pippin and Hornsea Herring! The Humber Bridge Country Park is home to a rich butterfly habitat and overlooks the mighty Humber Bridge and Estuary. This park is great for families, with cliff-hanging trees, mini trails through woodland and grassland and sculpture trails.
Orchids and Bird’s Foot Trefoil in chalk grassland along The Hudson Way. Credit ERYC
The Wolds & Vale of York
YWT Wheldrake Ings - Top 5 species: Wildflower meadows, ruff, whimbrel, pintail, whooper swans.
The Vale of York and the Wolds hold some of the Yorkshire Nature Triangle's best-kept secrets. Wheldrake Ings near York is a riot of wildflowers in spring, with displaying and nesting birds like snipe, ruff and redshank providing the soundtrack. Winter also offers plenty here too with the striking pintail and thousands of other waterbirds often joined by arctic whooper swans and even the occasional otter. Travelling throughout the Wolds can also deliver a surprise, with regular sightings of red kites – second only to Scotland’s eagles in size – and the opportunity to enjoy the quiet tranquillity of England’s most northerly chalk streams playing host to kingfishers, trout and lamprey. Look out for red kites and skylarks along the pretty Hudson Way which follows part of the old track bed of the Market Weighton to Beverley railway.
Yorkshire Nature Triangle - Wolds & Humber Links
Accommodation near Spurn National Nature Reserve
(13.3 miles from the centre of Spurn National Nature Reserve)
Prices per week (seasonal)
Rating from 735 reviews
Fantastic beachside holiday park in Tunstall. Range of family caravans, lodges and camping pitches. On-site facilities including swimming pool. Pet friendly available and parking.
(16.7 miles from the centre of Spurn National Nature Reserve)
Per week (seasonal), sleeps 6
Rating from 5 reviews
This detached barn conversion cottage is located near to the town of Hedon in East Yorkshire and can sleep six people in three bedrooms.
(18.3 miles from the centre of Spurn National Nature Reserve)
Per week (seasonal) sleeps 6
Low Farm Cottage - Free use of Hot Tub
Newly renovated farm holiday cottage near Aldbrough set in 5 acres of land. 3 bedrooms, well equipped kitchen, Freeview TV, log burner & patio garden. Dog friendly. Hot tub.
Accommodation in the Yorkshire Wolds
Per Room (B&B)
Rating from 38 reviews
B&B in Kilnwick Percy near Pocklington, where pets of all shapes and sizes are welcome. Bring your horse, cat, dog or other animal. Evening meals available.
Per person Per Night B&B (2 sharing)
Rating from 30 reviews
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Exceptional York B&B in Kexby village just 5 miles from the city centre. Ideal for the designer outlet and racecourse with 3 guest rooms, Wi-Fi, parking and Freeview TV.
Per person B&B, two sharing
Rating from 142 reviews
Malton pub providing Yorkshire B&B accommodation on the Wolds Way, with a great menu of meals and drinks. Families and pets welcome. Three suites & two single guest rooms.
Accommodation in Beverley
(2.5 miles from the centre of Beverley)
Per caravan per week. Sleep 1-6
£50 off any 2 week stay
Luxury 3 bedroom caravans on a 5 Star holiday park near Beverley with an onsite fishing lake, games room and play area. Giant outdoor games, parking, picnic tables & WiFi. Sleep 6.
(2.5 miles from the centre of Beverley)
Per cottage per week (7 night stay)
£50 off 2 week stays
Three luxury cottages on the outskirts of Beverley within a 5 Star Holiday Park. Onsite fishing lake, games room, farm animals & play area. Courtyard gardens, BBQs & WiFi. Sleep 4.
(0.2 miles from the centre of Beverley)
Per week (seasonal), sleeps 2
This superb duplex apartment in the heart of historic Beverley sleeps two people in one bedroom.
Accommodation near Humber Bridge
(5.9 miles from the centre of Humber Bridge)
Per week (seasonal), sleeps 9
Rating from 6 reviews
Sleeping up to nine people in four bedrooms, this well-equipped detached property is set in the grounds of Skidby Lakes Golf Club, 1.6 miles from Cottingham near Hull.
(6.2 miles from the centre of Humber Bridge)
Per Person (B&B)
Rating from 107 reviews
Room and evening meal package.
Friendly and welcoming pub in Hull, with affordable accommodation and easy access to local attractions. WiFi and parking. Quiz nights and entertainment. Ideal for contractors.
(5.2 miles from the centre of Humber Bridge)
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Rating from 471 reviews
Welcoming budget Hull hotel in the town centre close to Hull Royal Infirmary, Hull City FC ground & Queen's Gardens. Bar/ cafe, Wi-Fi, chargeable parking. Families welcome.