At one and a half miles (2.2km), the Humber Bridge was the longest single span bridge in the world when it opened in 1981. Today it’s the seventh longest... but no less gigantic! From the Yorkshire Wolds Way you can really appreciate the bridge’s vast scale. You can also discover a wealth of local wildlife, especially the abundance of birds that feed and nest on the Humber Foreshore – itself the perfect place to get muddy and explore.
For a less muddy experience, a walk along the bridge offers a unique and exhillirating experience. There is always something worth seeing here, with passing ships, birds feeding on the mudflats and spectacular views across the Humber Estuary. This may not be for the faint hearted, however, as the bridge reaches 30 metres above the water!
Humber Bridge Country Park, a Local Nature Reserve just a short a distance away, offers nature trails that take in a variety of landscapes such as woodlands, meadows, ponds and towering cliffs. These habitats support an abundance of wildlife including butterflies, nesting and migrating birds, and nationally important species such as great crested newts and pipistrelle bats.
Look out for the old Hessle Mill on the foreshore. Due to re-open in Spring 2020 and part of a great new project ‘The Chalk Walk’ from Quarry to Country Park.