EAST RIDING


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ast Riding of Yorkshire has wonderfully varied scenery, ranging from dramatic coastal cliffs and headlands to heather covered moorlands and rolling chalk hills. The walking trails of this region are well established with lots to see upon the way – not only in terms of nature but history too.

Layout
The Wolds Way and Cleveland Way trails form a rough question mark, leading up from Hull, following the coast and the curling around the North Yorkshire Moors. Some of the key railway stations you might use are York, Malton, Thirsk, Middlesbrough, Great Ayton, Whitby, Scarborough, Filey and Hull. Getting around East Riding – if your legs get tired – is easy either by train or using the local bus and coach services. Visit www.transportdirect.info for more details.  

 



Wolds Way www.nationaltrail.co.ukyorkshirewoldswayFrom the headland at Filey brigg, Wold’s Way stretches across rolling hills of chalk and curves down to the Humber estuary. See the Green Dragon pub where the infamous highwayman Dick Turpin was arrested in 1739 and the remote, and in some cases, abandoned villages.

Skirt around the northern edges of the North York Moors on the Cleveland Way which combines the beauties of heather moorland and the rugged coast.

Hotels
The Gnu Inn
[North Newbold, +44 1430 827473, £50] Come for the name, stay for the comfort and the delicious pub food. The rooms are a bit small but the atmosphere is warm.

Sea Brink Guest House [The Beach, Filey, +44 1723 513257, £29-38 per person] Stay beside the seaside at Filey for the traditional English summer holiday. 

Greenwick Farm [Huggate, +44 1377 288122, £35 per person] This charming farmhouse has airy and bright bedrooms and wonderful views of the countryside. It is quite isolated though so not for those without their own transport.

The Talbot Hotel [Yorkersgate, Malton, +44 1653 693355 , £55-90] Set in a beautiful 18th century posting house, the Talbot is a nice place, if a little dated, to relax in after a long day walking. The quality of the rooms does seem to vary considerably though.

Blue Bell Lodge [Acklam Road, Middlesborough, +44 1642 593939, £55] With a great old fashioned bar and well-furnished rooms, Blue Bell Lodge is great value for money.

Mallyan Spout Hotel [The Common, Goathland, Whitby, +44 1947 896486, £110] Gorgeous individually decorated rooms in an equally gorgeous location overlooking the Esk Valley.

 



From being one of Britain’s most bombed towns during WWII, Kingston-Upon-Hull (pop. 264,000)  or just plain Hull, has emerged as a centre for poetry (Philip Larkin wrote much of his work here) and theatre while its premier status as a port city has not diminished.

Layout
Hull’s Old Town is sandwiched between the northern bank of the River Humber, the western bank of its tributary River Hull, and Freetown Way and Ferensway.  The main bus and train stations are combined in the Paragon Interchange, a few kilometres west of the city centre.  Humberside Airport is around 24 km from Hull and the most convenient way into the city is via the stagecoach X1, the ‘Humberside Flyer’

The DeepHull’s award-winning ‘submarium’ The Deep [Tower Street, +44 1482 381000, Adults £9.50] features exhibitions about ocean conversation and viewing tunnels that allow you to get close to sharks and all kinds of fish.  

Hull has an entire museums quarter [+44 1482 300300] and entry is free: the Streetlife Museum [High St] exhibits 200 years of transportation history; Hope aboard the Arctic Corsair [rear of Streetlife Museum] to learn how deep sea trawlermen braved the waters off Iceland; Learn about everything from mammoths to mosaics at the Hull and East Riding Museum [36 High St];  Admire the historic beauty of the Guildhall building and see the rather kitsch Hull tapestry. There’s also the Hands On History Museum [South Church Side, +44 1482 613902] with its 2600 year old Egyptian mummy and a good Victorian era collection.

Dating back to the 13th century and with wonderful Victorian features too, the Holy Trinity Church [Market Place, +44 1482 342353] is the largest parish church in England. Look out for the weird wooden carvings of imps and animals on the nave pew ends.

Take in a play, comedy evening or some jazz at the famous Hull Truck Theatre [50 Ferensway, +44 1482 323638], which, besides its full and varied theatrical programme, also holds some of the Hull Jazz Festival events every July [+44 1482 323638, £25-45]

Hotel
The Admiral Wyndham
[52-54 Sunnybank, Springbank West, £35-42] This B&B is quirky as they come with murals and some slightly odd choices in décor. It is well located just outside the city centre.

Earlsmere Hotel
[76-78 Sunny Bank, Off Springbank West, +44 1482 341977, £40-47] Comfy, traditional B&B in a quiet area And as a random aside, fluent Thai is spoken.

Acorn Guest House [719 Beverley Rd, +44 1482 853248, £25 per person] The Acorn is excellent value for money and particularly caters for longer term guests. Still, even for one night, it is a comfy and friendly haven. 

Royal Hotel Hull [170 Ferensway, +44 1482 325087, £60-130] The Royal is well located and has friendly and efficient staff but it can be a little noisy.

The Whittington and Cat [Commercial Rd, +44 1482 327786, £65-95] Don’t let the shabby exterior fool you because inside this B&B all is chic and bright. It’s also in a good location and close to the train station.

The Townhouse
[14 Albion St, +44 1482 219878, £99] The Townhouse doesn’t have a lot of character but it’s a good mid-range choice with simple designs and Jacuzzi baths.

Village Hotel [Henry Boot Way, Priory Way, +44 844 8472974, £89-99] Very modern with ipod docks, wifi, and good leisure facilities but the hotel’s industrial estate location takes the romance out of travel.

Kingston Theatre Hotel [1 Kingston Square, +1482 225828, £65-75] A really charming little hotel with all the mod-cons but a more personal feel than the big chains. Good value but not a lot of options for parking. 

 



Beverley Minster flickr Vix_BThe market town of Beverley (pop.29,110) attracts visitors for its religious architecture, which is fitting given that the town was founded by a saint– Saint John of Beverley. His popularity inspired pilgrimages and contributed to the development of the town.

Layout
Beverley is situated between the River Hull and the Westwood. The train station is located roughly in the middle of these at Station Square. It is possible to catch local buses outside the train station but the main bus station is about a 10 minute walk away at Sow Hill Road. 

Sights
The Beverley Minster [38 Highgate, +44 1482 868540, free entry but for a guided tour adults £7] ranks as England’s most impressive church (though it is the size of a cathedral). In the 8th century St. John of Beverley founded a monastery here but the present structure dates back to 1220. Although construction spanned 200 years and encompassed different Gothic architectural styles, the church has wonderful integrity. There are some beautiful features such as the Percy Canopy, a 14th century stone arch with carved decorations featuring angels and paradise and, back down to earth, the North Aisle, which has carvings of medieval minstrels and their instruments. 

Hotels
King’s Head Hotel
[38 Market Place, +44 1482 868103, £72.95] Bang in the town centre, the King’s Head is a popular local pub that also provides stylish, modern accommodation. Great food and great value for money but it can get a little noisy on the weekends. 

The Lairgate Hotel [30-32 Lairgate, +44 1482 882141, £98] The Lairgate is conveniently located and a lovely sight in itself. A listed Georgian building, it is a pretty little place to unwind.