Things to do in Skipsea, East Yorkshire
It is perhaps somewhere to visit sooner rather than later as the North Sea continues to make inroads into its boulder clay cliffs at a rate of 18 inches a year!
Skipsea may have got its name from the Viking word for Ship Lake.
It is likely that the original village was on a lake which at that time lay inland from the sea.Bronze Age huts.
The area is known for its sudden mists which can roll in from the sea and shroud the village for a time in what are locally known as "sea frets".
Skipsea has a fascinating and colourful past.
William the Conqueror gave the Isle of Holderness to knight Drogo de la Beuvriere who built a castle surrounded by earthworks and ditches at Skipsea Brough.
Other strange tales have grown up around the area, such as the footprints in fields around the castle where two brothers fought a dual. Strangely, nothing grew in the footprints afterwards.
This strange and misty land seems to have had more than its share of strange happenings!
Skipsea was well known in the 1950s as the area was chosen for nuclear testing.
The scientists at Aldermaston eventually revoked the decision after strong local protest.
Present Day Skipsea
On clear days, Skipsea is a delightful small village of around 600 inhabitants with its historic squat-towered Church of All Saints.
The village has a modern school, a post office, general store, a café, hairdressers and a pub known as the Board Inn, right across from Village Farm.
In the centre of the village are a Methodist Chapel and a brown marble war memorial to those who died during the two world wars.
Things to do in Skipsea
The beach at Skipsea is easily accessible and provides opportunities for watersports.
Close to Skipsea is Flamborough Head with the oldest surviving lighthouse in England, built in 1674.
Skipsea Castle with the remnants of Drogo's motte and bailey castle can be visited with impressive views from the top of Skipsea Brough.
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