06. Yorkshire Coast

56. Paull to Humber Bridge (Hessle)

Saturday 29th October 2005

Drove to Hessle by the Humber Bridge just outside Hull and got a taxi on to the Humber Tavern in Paull. From the Humber Tavern walk back along the main road passing the Royal Oak on the left and a tiny Methodist chapel on the right and on past the Hepworth Shipbuilding to a fingerpost pointing up onto Salt End sea defences which is an embankment out by the estuary. Hull docks can be seen in front and power station and chemical works.

The weather is quite good, very still, a bit cloudy and fairly warm. Follow a good grassy track along the top of the embankment heading directly towards the BP chemical works in front and the Salt End Jetties leading into the works can be seen across the mudflats to the left. The path soon swings to the right to follow Hedon Haven channel inland away from the estuary. The embankment ends at some sluice gates just before the first cooling tower – continue ahead on a rough track to eventually reach the bridge over the channel at Paull Road (GR171280). Turn left here along a long straight road past the chemical works that leads up to Salt End roundabout which is the junction with the A1033. Turn left towards Hull. Follow the slip road up towards the flyover to join the main A1033 which is a very busy road. There are verges most of the way but eventually cross the road at a pedestrian crossing to join a footpath and cycle track. Reach another roundabout (not shown on the map) at Queen Elizabeth Dock. Continue straight ahead down a long straight avenue. Pass Willoughby Holiday Homes and Humbrol with the jet aircraft outside to cross Marfleet Lane to reach to reach a BP petrol station at another roundabout. Carry on straight ahead under a new steel railway bridge (which again does not appear to be on the map) and carry on a few hundred yards to another roundabout.

Turn left (GR132293) to the King George Dock and Ferry Terminal and walk a hundred yards or so down to a small roundabout taking the third exit signposted Trans Pennine Trail. Follow the road for  few hundred yards with containers on the left and newly imported commercial vehicles in a compound on the right. As the road bears left, turn right signposted Trans Pennine Trail with the ferry terminal visible off to the left. For the first time the Humber Bridge comes into view as the small car park is crossed. Stopped here for a bit of lunch. In the corner of the car park take a path which leads round a small basin and is on top of quite high sea defences heading towards Hull in front with a church clearly visible. At the end of the sea wall pass some rotting wooden jetties and climb some steps to cross some massive lock gates which are the entrance to Alexandra Dock (GR124287).

Follow more sea wall past abandoned jetties to reach another basin after which houses appear on the right. Rather pleasantly landscaped park alongside the estuary overlooked by modern houses. This eventually becomes a proper promenade that was opened by the burgermaster of Rotterdam in 1992 and leads up to Victoria Park Village which is located at the former Victoria Dock (GR110284), now a pleasant area with fountains in the dock and renovated lock gates. The promenade continues towards the new building which has been made to look like the bow of a ship sticking up. This building is actually The Deep, a maritime theme park.

Victoria Dock, Hull (GR109284)
The Deep, Hull (GR101181)

Continue alongside the building and then turn right to go round  the back of the building to go inland and cross a bridge which spans the river that runs up through Hull (River Hull). Cross left over the bridge, signposted Victoria Pier. Walk along Nelson Street to the Minerva Pub and turn right up Humber Place heading towards the Spurn Lightship in the marina. Stopped for a drink in the Green Bricks pub. Walked round the marina and passed to the left of the Holiday Inn. At the end of the dock turn left to reach a road called Captain’s Walk and turn left again back down towards the main part of the marina again passing Kingston Wharf. At the end turn right towards the new development of Humber Quays (directly opposite the Minerva Pub).

Bridges over River Hull (GR101181)

Turn right in front of the Humber Quays building to go along Wellington Street and at the end of the street turn left through the dockyard gates and follow the yellow painted public right of way to cross the dock gates for Albert Dock. Climb some steps and follow a raised walkway over the roofs of the warehouses of the dock with the dock on the right and the Humber on the left. Eventually drop down some steps to walk along a path which on the left has got the old ruined wooden jetties and on the right timber warehouses. At the end of the dock pass some derelict buildings and then cross left across dock gates and head for new out-of-town shopping centre ahead. Keeping close to the estuary go to the left of first a Chinese restaurant, past a Pizza Hut, Currys and then to the left of a pub called The Sailmakers.

Spurn Lightship (GR099283)

This is St Andrews Quay. The domed building is a Starbucks Coffee shop. Then go past B&Q and Makros the last place in the retail park and then the path goes right next to the estuary with some waste land on the right. The bridge is now getting really quite close. Pass a Go-Kart track which is actually occupied by kids on mini-bikes. The path turns sharp right to head for the main road (GR058265) where it turns left to follow the busy and noisy road closely, separated only by a hedge or wooden fence. Reach the Andrew Marr International building and continue on the path next to the estuary. Reach some more small modern office buildings and head through these to the main road at two car showrooms. Turn left on the service road. Pass more car showrooms and a shipbuilders and then the road crosses over a small creek with one or two boats in it and turns left to the San Luca Italian restaurant which was once the Ferry Boat Inn.

Hull Marina (GR094282)

Just after the restaurant turn left by a telephone box onto the Wolds Way heading out alongside the creek towards the estuary. Walk through a wooded area and past some rugby pitches and the bridge is now just about upon us. Reach a small road and car park just before the bridge where there is a marker stone for the Wolds Way that mentions Filey Brigg that seems a long way away now. Carried on underneath the bridge past the Humber inshore rescue station. Turn right at the old black lighthouse signposted to the bridge car parks. Pass underneath two road bridges and climb some steps up through some woodland. Follow the path up to the road and turn left through the car park and past the café and behind the tourist information centre to a signposted path up through some woodland. At the road cross over to continue on the path. At the main road turn right and pass under the bridge and walk the mile or so into Hessle.

Days from Chepstow   56

Miles today   15.1

Miles from Chepstow   771.6

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