A Yorkshire beacon
f there’s one thing you must do while you’re in Withernsea, it’s take a look round the lighthouse. This gleaming white beacon – which stands against the blue sky like a big up-ended toothpaste tube – was built way back in 1892, to stop the huge number of shipwrecks that were occurring out in the Humber estuary.
The reason we love it, though, is that there’s a cracking view across the water and along the nearby coast; on a clear day you can see the Humber Bridge, too, in the distance.
Like all Victorian seaside resorts, Withernsea’s home to a rather splendid beach, as well – awarded Blue Flag status for its cleanliness and water quality. This stretch of golden sand is the kind of place that makes you want to kick off your flip-flops and sprint down to the shore (or maybe just lie back in the sun and read a book).
And if you feel like a walk, why not head along to the nearby Spurn Peninsula – a skinny spit of shingle and sand that stretches out for over three miles. It’s a nature reserve, too, so look out for the birdlife…