Places

Withernsea

Discover the many charms of Withernsea, a small seaside resort town half-an-hour’s drive north of Spurn.

One of the main attractions of Withernsea is its beach with European Blue Flag status, an accolade awarded to coastal areas with exceptionally clean waters. There are miles of sandy bays to stroll along, and a long walk along the promenade brings you to children’s playgrounds and an open-air theatre.

Head into the town centre and you will encounter Withernsea’s landmark lighthouse, one of just a handful that were constructed inland from the shore. This towering structure is 38 metres high and makes a dramatic architectural addition. It is no longer in service, but you can visit the lighthouse to see an exhibition showcasing the area’s RNLI Lifeboat and HM Coastguard history through a variety of old photographs and models. If you are feeling fit, take on the 144 steps to the top and be rewarded with breath-taking views as far as the Humber Bridge 23 miles away.

Explore the town and you will find a market with an array of local produce and a range of pubs, restaurants, cafés and fish and chip shops where you can grab some grub. The modern seafront arcades now house the town’s traditional amusements.

Spurn National Nature Reserve lies south of Withernsea and is well-worth visiting, particularly if you are a birdwatcher. This three-mile spit of shingle attracts many migrating birds and is also home to seals, butterflies, and a unique array of plants. Spurn is the only lifeboat station in the UK with a full-time crew, watching over the busy Humber estuary.

Historic Hedon and Hornsea and the city of Hull are all within striking distance as well.