Withernsea, to the east of Hull, is a seaside resort town, the most southerly of Yorkshire's coastal resorts. It also forms the focal point for a wider community of small villages in Holderness.

Its most famous landmark is Withernsea Lighthouse, an inland lighthouse standing in the middle of the town. The lighthouse is 127 feet high, with 144 steps to reach the lamp room, and was built between 1892 and 1894. The base features RNLI and HM Coastguard exhibits with models and old photographs recording the history of ship-wrecks and the Withernsea lifeboats and crews who saved 87 lives between 1862 and 1913 and the history of the Spurn lifeboats. The local history room has Victorian and Edwardian photos including the pier and railway. There is a Kay Kendall memorial, the 1950s film star having been born in the town.

On the wide promenade stand the refurbished Pier Towers, once marking the entrance to a long pier that was built in 1877. The pier was gradually reduced in length owing to consecutive impacts by local vessels, the last remaining section being removed in the 1930s.

OS grid reference TA 344 277

Local attractions

To the south of Withernsea is Spurn Head, a long curving hook of shingle and sand projecting into the mouth of the Humber. It is a stopover point for thousands of migrating birds in the spring and autumn, and a special bird observatory has been set up. The area has been recognised as a Nature Reserve by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, and visitors can expect to see seals and butterfly species in addition to the birds.

Useful and informative links

Withernsea photographs from East Riding Media Library
Withernsea photographs from Geograph
Wikipedia article on Withernsea

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