Location and Significance
East Riding of Yorkshire, also commonly referred to as East Yorkshire, is a ceremonial English county in the region of Yorkshire and the Humber. Located in northeastern England, East Riding of Yorkshire has a population of 590,000 as of 2011. This region including the Yorkshire Wolds, a crescent formation of low hill lands, the low lying plains of Holderness, and the Vale of York, a vast area of flat land.
East Riding of Yorkshire’s combination of flat, level land and fertile, rich soil creates an environment in which agriculture thrives, which is the main industry of production in the area. This emphasis on agriculture has created an economic and settlement pattern that has created very few large settlements and a lack of industry in commercial services.
While there is a lack of large cities, a number of quaint towns exist on the coast, including Bridlington, Flamborough, and Hornsea. Inland suburban centers include the towns of Cottingham and Willerby.
Points of Interest
The region of East Riding includes a wide variety of interesting attractions and destinations to visit. A number of historic religious edifices populate East Riding of Yorkshire, including the Rudston Monolith, the tallest megalith, or Standing Stone, in the United Kingdom, the Beverly Minster, one of the largest parish churches in England, and the historic Beverly Friary.
The Stamford Bridge in East Riding represents the site of a legendary battle that signified the end of the Viking era in Britain in 1066, while Fort Paull represents a more recent connection to war; this gun battery was designed and built from 1861-64.
For a scenic stroll, the Yorkshire Wolds Way is a popular long-distance footpath that allows travelers to safely traverse the Yorkshire Wolds at their own pace. A number of waterways offer for tranquil landscapes of interest, including the 11 mile Driffield Navigation and the Leven, Market Weighton, and Pocklington Canals.
While it may not be densely populated or full or hustle and bustle, East Riding of Yorkshire provides a peaceful and relaxing vacation destination thanks to its small, rural, coastal towns and sublime architecture. Visit the wonders of East Riding of Yorkshire today!