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Short Breaks from Hull (Kingston-upon-Hull, England)

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Ever needed to just get away, but you can't go for too long? Please tell us about your short breaks away (e.g. day trips, road trips or weekend breaks), whether it be for ultimate relaxation, or to be active and practice hobbies you may have (fishing,

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      18.06.2004 17:24
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      If you can?t wait to get out of Hull for a little while, and let?s face it, who couldn?t (sorry, only joking all residents of Hull!) then there are a barrowload of options for you to choose from. If the seaside is your thing, then you really are spoilt for choice from Hull. A short trip up the coast will soon have you in Bridlington, Scarborough, Filey, Whitby or Robin Hoods Bay, amongst many other coastal resorts. I would especially recommend a visit to Whitby Abbey. You really are spoilt for choice from Hull when it comes to the seaside, which kind of makes up for your own lack of beaches, despite the fact that you?re located on the banks of the Humber Estuary. And it?s not all beaches and bingo, either. If you like a healthy dose of nature with your fish and chips (because Scarborough does serve, arguably, the best fish and chips in the country and that?s coming from a girl who was born in Grimsby!) then Hull is ideally situated. The nature reserve at Flamborough Head (close to Bridlington) offers ample opportunity to observe wildlife in its natural habitat, including Puffins, and the sea caves all along the cliffs are an absolute delight for the wannabe explorer! A visit to the RNLI lifeboat station, manned by local volunteers, is highly recommended (and don?t forget to leave them a donation). But if you don?t want to travel too far from Hull for your nature fix, try visiting Spurn Point National Nature Reserve, at the mouth of the Humber. The Spurn Point website hails it as ?A beautiful place for bird watching, sea fishing, walking or just a day out with the family? and I would have to agree. Spurn Point is an amazing place unlike any other I?ve ever visited. The tiny spit of land is barely connected to mainland UK, and there hav
      e been concerns in the past that the land might be eroded, leaving Spurn Point as a tiny Island, but this has not happened yet! If you need a change from all of that water, then Hull is only a short drive away from the delights of the Yorkshire moors, where the sheep wander at will (just watch out for those pesky American Werewolves!). The moors are perfect for walkers, cyclers or riders with over 1,400 miles of ancient footpaths and tracks crisscrossing them. If you really fancy a challenge, and have nine days to spare, you could always walk the Cleveland Way from Helmsley to Filey, taking in the best scenery that Yorkshire has to offer along the way! But if the mere thought of all of that exercise has brought you out in a sweat, you can still enjoy the beautiful scenery of Yorkshire from the comfort of a steam train on the North Yorkshire Moors railway. This consists of some 18 Miles of preserved steam railway running through the spectacular scenery of the North Yorkshire Moors from Grosmont to Pickering, and is well worth a visit. Regular special events take place throughout the summer, check their website for details. Whilst you?re in the area, you might like to spend a day at Flamingo Land zoo and theme park, near Malton. The park boasts a limited selection of white knuckle rides, plenty for the kids including rides and shows, but is primarily a zoo. If you want to spend longer than a day at Flamingo Land you can stay in one of their ?specially selected? holiday homes (that?s caravans to me and you) but to be honest I think it would be difficult to find enough to do at Flamingo land for more than one day? If you prefer your day trips to be cultural, then you could certainly do worse than spending a day or two in York. The Jorvik Centre, which provides a
      n insight into the lives of the Vikings (including typical Viking smells) is definitely worth a visit, as is York Minster, famous for its stained glass. You can catch an open-top bus for a sight seeing tour of the city, if that?s your thing, or wander through the maze of quaint old lanes known as the shambles. And if York has got you in the mood for all things ecclesiastical, than nearer to home you could also visit the beautiful Beverley Minster, the parish church of St John and St Martin. And whilst you?re there, you might like to have a flutter on the ponies at Beverley Race Course, only a short drive from the Minster. For a really alternative day out you could always try a visit to the National Coal Mining Museum, between Wakefield and Huddersfield for a totally unique day out (with free admission, too!) The underground tour takes you 140 metres down, showing the history of coal mining, and your guide is an actual ex-coalminer! During school holidays the museum does get busy and it is advisable to arrive before midday, as the underground tours do get booked up very quickly. But if you?re bored of Yorkshire, you might be brave enough to take a trip across the Humber Bridge (and don?t forget to stop off at the viewing area in Barton Upon Humber once you?ve made the trip over, you can get an ice cream and marvel at the splendour of what was, when built, the biggest single-span suspension bridge in the world). Once in the land of the Lincolnshire Yellow-Belly, you could always take a drive along the coast to Cleethorpes, Mablethorpe or Skegness and spend a day at the beach. However, if I?m honest I wouldn?t recommend this, the coastal resorts North of the Humber are, in my humble opinion, far nicer. The market town of Louth, around fifteen miles &#
      83;outh of Grimsby, is definitely worth a visit, it?s a beautiful place of winding roads and antique shops, but it comes alive on a Wednesday, Friday or Saturday, as these are Market Days. Louth Market is a real experience, where you can buy potatoes by the carrier bag full, rather than the kilo, an armful of cut flowers, or even a rabbit (alive or dead, your choice!) The fish and chips from ?Mr Chips? in Louth are some of the best I?ve ever tasted, fit to rival the best that Scarborough has to offer! And if all of that shopping and eating has left you in dire need of relaxation, then Hubbard?s Hills, just outside the town, could provide just the tonic you need. The hills are perfect for picnics or walking, but the real attraction is the stream which runs through the middle of the park, and is perfect for playing in, for kids and adults alike! With several bridges crossing the stream it?s easy to explore, but much more fun to try your luck across one of the sets of stepping stones! Closer to home, the Fishing Heritage Centre in Grimsby is well worth a visit, and lunch at the Lincoln Castle, moored just down the dock, is an absolute must! This floating pub and restaurant used to be a ferry, carrying passengers between the North and South banks of the Humber, before the Humber Bridge was built. It?s been docked in Grimsby since being taken out of service and a visit is not only nostalgic, but an experience in its own right, as the food is good, and reasonably priced too. On your way back to Hull, you might like to stop off at Elsham Hall Country and Wildlife Park, near Brigg, or Normanby Hall near Scunthorpe. Both offer wonderful parkland to explore, although Elsham Hall focuses mainly on promoting enjoyment of the Countryside, wildlife and the arts ? the
      wild butterfly garden walkway is lovely. Normanby Hall is more cultivated, but still offers great distractions including a nursery, walled garden and farm museum ? not the mention the Hall itself. But if all of this just isn?t exciting enough for you, you could stay in Lincolnshire ? and take a flight from Humberside Airport (What is it about Lincolnshire ? Grimsby Town Football Club isn?t in Grimsby, Humberside Airport isn?t in Humberside?) You can fly most anywhere you want from Humberside Airport, but for a special treat for those on a restricted timetable, why not consider a daytrip on an ?Orca Safari?. You?ll fly to the fjords to the far north of Norway to witness (close up) killer whales in their own environment ? for under £300 per person. It?s even possible, for those brave and rich enough, to get closer to the whales on an inflatable boat, or for the really adventurous ? you can even swim with the whales. All that and you still get to go home at the end of the day (if you didn?t get eaten by the whales) and sleep in your own bed! If that?s slightly too adventurous for your tastes, then another excellent option for getting abroad for a short break is travelling to Rotterdam in Holland, or Zeebrugge in Belguim, on North Sea Ferries. Not only do these ferries leave from Hull, but as they sail overnight you?ll be able to sleep through the journey and arrive refreshed the next day in your holiday destination. Of course, if you?d prefer to party the night away, you could always dance in the tiny and terrifying eighties inspired disco, drink in one of the bars, scoff your way through oodles of delectable food, gamble away your spending money or even catch a film in the onboard cinema! There are loads of companies doing coach tours of Holland and Belgium using North Sea Ferrie
      s, and I?d especially recommend a short break in Amsterdam as there?s just so much to do, even if pot and porn aren?t your thing!


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