Rudston lies to the east of Bridlington and is famous because here stands , in the church yard, the UKs tallest standing stone.- the Rudstone Monolith.
The stone is Moorstone Grit from the Cleveland Hills and the journey of over 40 miles to Rudston by Anglo Saxon missionaries must have been difficult but clearly Rudston was the designated resting place of the stone.It was brought here in the Bronze Age.
At ground level its circumference is 5 metres and its present height is just under 8 metres. An excavation conducted by Sir William Strickland in the late 18th century suggested that its depth below ground is as great as its height.
Also in the churchyard is the grave of the famous English writer, Winifred Holtby famous for books such as South Riding.
Driffield is the capital of the Wolds and lies to the south of Bridlington. It is a pleasant market town with a market and some nice places to eat and drink. The shopping is good too and the showground hosts a number of exhibitions and events through the year.
The nicest part of the town is Canal Head to the south of the town centre ( see photo). There is a good café here and pleasant canal side walks.
Bus 121 from Bridlington or take a Hull bound train.
158 Squadran Memorial, Lissett
The tribute is in the form of seven airmen and stands as part of a wind farm at the site of Lissett aerodrome, developed by Novera Energy. said: "It commemorates the 851 men and women who lost their lives while based at the site are to be honoured. The 158 Squadron had members from all over the Commonwealth who took part in bombing raids on mainland Europe in WW2 almost every day. The sculpture is a tribute to the memory of all the crew and personnel who served at Lissett.
- Historical Travel
Situated north of Bridlington and out on Flamborough Head is a beautiful small bay called Thornwick Bay.
This stretch of water north of the Lighthouse was named the graveyard by the skippers and crew of sailing vessels which once they had lost the safety of Bridlington Bay, and without the aids of navigation and weather forecasting which we now take for granted, were at the mercy of the angry weather, Marine charts show hundreds of wrecks all within a few miles radius of Thornwick bay.
You can see a great variety of seabirds here. There is a café and toilets here and parking is free.
The steps down to be beach are dangerous - wild weather has worn them badly and presumably government cutbacks have taken away funding for repairs.