Meet the king and queen

11:17am Thursday 16th October 2008

By Brian Beadle

The King and Queen of Holderness live in two attractive villages close to Spurn Head.

The King and Queen with their superb high towers are magnificent landmarks on this otherwise flat and uninteresting landscape.

The village of Hedon is the kingdom and the 800- year-old church of St Augustine is the king. Erection of this cathedral-like church started in 1190 when Hedon was the major port on the River Humber.

The church took 250 years to build and was completed in the 15th century. Its tower is about 130ft high and looks across to the River Humber on one side and on the other across the Holderness Plain to the North Sea.

Not far from Hedon at the side of the River Humber is Fort Paull, known originally as Paull Battery, which was built on the orders of Henry the Eighth to protect the Humber ports. It later saw action during the civil war. It is now a museum and has an assault course for children.

Heading south east from Hedon is Patrington, where the Queen of Holderness, St Patrick’s church, resides. It’s spire points 190ft towards the sky and is an outstanding landmark across the plain.

Some say the church is the most beautiful in England and when you see it for the first time towering above the landscape, I think you will agree.

Let us set off and visit the King and Queen of Holderness, but allow plenty of time because you will be enchanted by these two royal churches.

Your Route

AT Hedon leave the car park, turning away from the main street. At the crossroads go straight ahead, signed to Burton Pidsea. Soon you are in open countryside with open views, although a very flat terrain. Just after the double bends in the road turn immediately left signed to Burton Pidsea.

Where the road takes a severe left turn, go right signed to Burton Pidsea. Soon you arrive at Burton Pidsea. Continue straight through the village on to the road towards Roos on an undulating twisty road. At the speed restriction signs at the entry to Roos turn right, signed to Patrington. In a couple of miles turn left at the T-junction, through double bends, then turn right signed to Patrington and Winestead.

Along a twisty country road now to eventually reach a T-junction. If you are going to visit Patrington for either refreshment or to see the magnificent church turn left here and you soon reach Patrington. You must then return to this point. If you are not visiting Patrington, turn right signed to Hull. This road can be busy at times but you are not on it for long.

Pass through Ottringham, then the straggling village of Keyingham, where there are pubs for refreshment, and continue along to Camerton.

Look out now for a brown sign for Fort Paull and follow it to the left. In a couple of miles you will see a brown sign on the left for the bird sanctuary car park. From there you can walk (or take your bike) about 100 paces to a viewpoint on a high bank. From there you can see Paull Fort and church to the right, the River Humber in front of you and Hedon Church, the King of Holderness, standing across the plain behind you.

Continue along past the bird sanctuary to soon pass Paull church then turn right into the village. Soon take the turning on the left through the houses at the end of the road. When it turns right you will find the old lighthouse and more good views across the Humber to see the Humber Bridge in front or you and the car ferry port on the right.

Continue bearing right through the main street where there are three pubs for even more refreshment. Cycle out of the village following signs for Hedon and in a couple of miles cross a road bridge then descend back to Hedon. At the crossroads go straight ahead along the main street to return to the car park.

The Facts

Distance - 30miles/48km
Terrain – Flat, easy roads
Best Map - OS Landranger 107
Start/Grid Ref - Hedon, grid ref 190285. There are two short-stay car parks, park in the one nearest to the main street
Refreshments - Pubs and cafes in Hedon, pubs on route Public Toi lets - Patrington

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