Withernsea & The Holderness Coast

Hornsea & Withernsea on the Holderness Coast

The pretty beaches of the Holderness Coast continue south of Bridlington at Hornsea and Withernsea. Both are popular seaside holiday resorts and Hornsea’s beach has Blue Flag status. Hornsea serves as a more peaceful beach base to Bridlington’s bustle. Attractions are numerous including an award winning folk museum within a historic farmhouse, a large Freeport shopping village just outside the town, plus plenty of seaside frolics including crazy golf. Hornsea celebrates its annual Carnival in July and Hornsea’s particular edge is its freshwater lake Hornsea Mere, the largest freshwater lake in Yorkshire, which is both RSPB reserve popular with birdwatchers and a site for gentle watersports such as rowing, fishing and sailing.

Things to do in Withernsea

Withernsea’s seaside promenade offers a host of amusements and the Pavilion Leisure Centre has a choice of swimming and leisure facilities. Take a tour of the fascinating Withernsea Lighthouse Museum. Dating from 1892, the lighthouse is a rare example of an inland lighthouse, built as a response to the numerous shipwrecks off Spurn Point. The museum hosts exhibits on the RNLI, HM Coastguard and local history, with a feature exhibition on the 1950s British film star Kay Kendall who was born in the town in 1926.

Spurn National Nature Reserve

The stunning Holderness coast stretches all the way from Flamborough Head in the North to the National Nature Reserve and unique coastal feature of Spurn Head spit. A walk along Spurn, one of the UK’s most fascinating spits pushing three and a half miles out across the mouth of the River Humber, is a bracing walk indeed exposed as you are to the North Sea. Spurn Head is a popular site for migratory birds, perfect for birdwatching opportunities. Spurn spit was formed 10,000 years ago when the ice caps retreated, and constantly shifts and erodes. Access to Spurn Point is via the B1445 to Easington then south towards Kilnsea.

Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.