East Yorkshire is a promontory of largely low lying land that juts out into the North Sea: bounded by the coast to the east, the 50 mile inlet of the Humber estuary to the south and the chalk uplands of the Wolds.
The major city is the port of Kingston upon Hull. It has daily ferries to Zeebrugge (Belgium) and Rotterdam (Holland). 50 miles from the open sea is the port of Goole that was purpose built in 1826 at the head of the canal and navigable river systems. The estuary can be crossed on the Humber Bridge. When it opened in 1981 it was the world’s longest single span suspension bridge at 2200m long (now 5th in the world).
The long coast stretches from the shifting sand dunes of Spurn Point right up to the towering white cliffs of Flamborough Head. Bridlington, Hornsea and Withernsea are popular holiday destinations with long sandy beaches.
Inland the Wolds is a chalk upland area with rolling green hills. It is dotted with picturesque villages and farming estates situated around stately homes. The main market town is Driffield – although Beverley just to the south is a beautiful town dominated by the Minster.