Humber Bridge

Route: Humber Bridge

Area: East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Date of walk: 10th November 2017

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly 

Distance: 4.3 miles

Weather: Sunny, very cold

The Grade I listed Humber Bridge links Lincolnshire and Yorkshire and is a civil engineering wonder – a perfect combination of form and function. When it was opened in 1981 it was the longest single span suspension bridge in the world. It now ranks 8th, but remains the longest that can be cycled or walked across. I’ve driven over the bridge on numerous occasions but until today hadn’t walked across

The walk can be started from either the north or south bank – for us it was more convenient to start on the north, and after parking in the Humber Bridge Country Park (which is a nature reserve and worthy of a walk in its own right) we made our way to over to the steps leading up to the bridge. We followed the sign to the East Path and would return along the West Path, hoping – vainly as it turned out – for some sunset views along the estuary on the way back

We were soon on the path across the bridge and enjoying extensive views east towards Hull. I don’t need to waste time explaining the route – any direction other than forwards or backwards would result in an abrupt end to the walk

When we arrived on the south bank we descended down the steps, walked under the bridge, and climbed back up again to start the return journey along the West Path. For the benefit of bird watchers it’s worth mentioning that Far Ings Nature Reserve is within easy reach at this point and if time permits it’s well worth a visit. As for us, time was running short in view of an afternoon start and the lack of daylight hours in November, so we simply followed the path back to the start, marvelling not only at the views but also at the feat of engineering which enabled us to enjoy them

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