East Yorkshire Coast

A new day took us to the East Coast of Yorkshire. We packed a delicious lunch and off we went. It started off as a grey rainy morning but as the day wore on the sun came out.

Wetwang on the way to Hornsea
The sign that you can barely make out says, Wetwang! Yes, as a matter of fact, I do have a strange sense of humour! This is the name of a town we drove through on the way to Hornsea on the East Coast. Hornsea is situated midway between Flamborough Head to the North and Spurn Point in the South. It is a small seaside town with a population in the region of 7,000 and it is a popular place for visitors from Yorkshire, many of whom own caravans on the North Sea coastline. The town centre is a conservation area with historic houses dating back to the 15th century. A famous visitor to Hornsea was Lawrence of Arabia who was a frequent visitor to the White Cottage in Eastgate.

This is a view of the North Sea from Barmston. On the right you'll notice the erosion the sea is doing to the land. Not too far from where I took this picture (to the right) is a caravan park. The views are breathtaking but with the coming years, the land will be claimed by the sea.
Erosion at Barmston

View of Flamborough Head
Flamborough Head is visible in the distance. It's one of the most prominent features on the East Coast of England. Jutting out miles into the North Sea, it has tunning rocky cliffs. Coves give you the chance to explore rock pools, caves and steep winding paths. The village of Flamborough is situated in the centre of the Headland but the sound and smell of the sea are prominent - which I really like.

Flamborough Head was defined as a Heritage Coast by the Countryside Commission in October 1979.

We wound our way up the coast to Bridlington. Bridlington is lively and popular. The day we were there, it was packed with adults and kids enjoying the harbour and miles of sand. The town is a typical seaside resort with donkey rides up and down the beach, a ton of souvenir shops (which I managed to walk in and out of), fresh fish shops with local catches, loud amusement arcades and Victorian houses converted into bed and breakfasts. The boardwalk that had the arcades and amusement park rides was noisy and crowded but toward the south end, the beach was calm and beautiful for a walk. The tide was out and believe it or not, kids were wading into the early summer water.

Bridlington Beach
After 13 years running in the UK's Top Ten, Bridlington's North beach is joined by it's sister the South Beach. Bridlington's North beach has been awarded the Blue Flag and the South beach has been awarded the Resort Seaside Award. Bridlington has the 2nd best sand for sandcastle building and sculpting. I should have brought my shovel and pail. Since I'm so fascinated with castles, I'm certain I would have enjoyed building one in the sand.

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