I've done two walks recently with my friend Linda in order to keep the fitness up, both near enough two miles, which in the scheme of things isn't far, but we're building up.
You've read many times of the Humber in my blogs, one of the countries busiest and most dangerous rivers and it tends to be pretty muddy water due to the clay nature of the land, but the land provides beautiful walks alongside it and vistas to make your mouth water.
Two recent walks were in total contrast, yet only a few yards apart, one pleasant and one not so bright. Let me explain.
|Our first walk - highly recommended - Google Maps|
|Disused Yorkshire Dry Dock (the Tidal Barrier across the River Hull in the background)|
|Walk alongside and round the Deep at a place locally known as Sammy's Point|
The path then takes us across the old lock gate, now all concreted up which used to lead to the old timber dock. This dock is now just full of water and fish and three fountains with playing water, very attractive it is too. Houses and blocks of nice looking flats overlook the river and the old dock here and it has been lovingly restored and maintained making this a lovely atmosphere.
The walk finishes at the end of the Victoria Dock estate when it is time to walk back and as we timed it right, you walk back westwards and see the sun setting across the river vista.
|At the far end of our first walk, we see the Pride of Rotterdam (mainly cars and passengers) leaving port for her overnight North Sea crossing|
|The skeletal remains of the front end of an old wooden barge, left abandoned donkey's years ago can be seen at the end of this walk on the waters edge.|
|A small flotilla of speed boats come in together making their way to Humber Dock for the night|
Several speedboats were coming in to the Humber dock just as we finished our walk.
|The last few yards of the walk near the Deep looking west, the lights twinkling as dusk sets in|
|Our second walk, not really recommended unless in a party - Google Maps|
The walk takes you across a working lock gate which I think is always a twitchy experience, just flimsy looking chains separate you from the big drop into the lock or to the river and the footway is iron gridded, so it's like walking on air. I'm sure it's safe, but it feels not so much so. Having said that, there are ramps either side, so if you are in a wheel chair, you can get across.
|The Amanda from Willemstad waiting patiently for the Pride of Hull to leave the dock entrance before coming into dock itself|
|Long abandoned wharf sheds, although difficult to see in the picture, there are old railway lines just this side of the shed used by trains to take away the good offloaded from ships|
|The passenger and cargo ferry (60,000 tonnes), The Pride of Hull leaving port; the old wharf supports can be seen in the foreground|
The walk back has nothing to commend it much other than the setting sun and river views. We got stopped by the lock gates which opened to let a tug and a towed vessel into the dock which was interesting to watch, but completely isolated and trapped us on the path to the east.
|The Hull tug Beamer towing smaller tug Lashette toward the dock gate|
|Water birds waiting for higher tides for their feeding|
Don't do this one alone, watch for exceptionally high tides which face no barriers to the footpath and take a mobile phone.
Two entirely contrasting walks separated by a car park in the middle, but good exercise nonetheless.
Enjoy your week ahead.