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Looking across the Humber to Lincolnshire - the river is over 2km wide here
Looking across the Humber to Lincolnshire - the river is over 2km wide here

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Route No. 532 - Friday 7 February 2014
Welton, Brough, River Humber,
North Ferriby, Wolds Way circuit - 11km
Humberside . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer 293 Kingston-upon-Hull & Beverley


The village green at Welton
The village green at Welton

Crossing the A63 at Welton
Crossing the A63 at Welton

From the village green we walked past the Green Dragon pub where the highway man, Dick Turpin's row with the landlord led to his arrest and subsequent execution in York. We followed the road over the A63 (it's the extension of the M62 into the centre of Hull).

After a late start this morning my wife and I drove to Welton at the southern end of the Yorkshire Wolds just off the A63 dual carriageway on the western outskirts of Hull. We parked in a roadside parking space on the village green near the church at map ref. SE958272.

The Green Dragon pub at Welton
The Green Dragon pub at Welton

Turning onto a footpath at Lowerdale
Turning onto a footpath at Lowerdale

Path by the drainage channel
Path by the drainage channel

. . .  path continues across the housing estate . . .
. . . path continues across the housing estate . . .


. . . path continues from the housing estate to the railway crossing

We continued along this path across several estate roads for about 1km to the railway at map ref. SE947263. Here there is a pedestrian level crossing on this busy line. All the trains we saw were two or three coach diesel units. It's a long straight stretch of line so there is good visibility but the trains do approach with surprising speed.

Just across the A63 we turned right and walked along the road from the traffic lights for about 300m to a road on the left called Lowerdale. Immediately at the junction we turned left off the road on to a footpath beside a drainage channel running between the housing estate and the fields.

The path continues across the housing estate . . .
The path continues across the housing estate . . .

. . .  path continues across the housing estate . . .
. . . path continues across the housing estate . . .

Trains approach quickly but there is good visibility
Trains approach quickly but there is good visibility

Path across a rough field to Brough Aerodrome
Path across a rough field to Brough Aerodrome

Crossing the perimeter fence onto the airfield
Crossing the perimeter fence onto the airfield

Crossing the runway on Brough Aeodrome
Crossing the runway on Brough Aerodrome

The path is lined by warning signs to deter people from straying off the path. We kept a wary eye out for any aircraft on the ground and in the air but we saw none. The path led us to a muddy scramble up onto the flood bank at the edge of the River Humber.

Anyway we crossed the line safely and followed a muddy track across a rough field to some ugly galvanized steel fencing around Brough Aerodrome. This is a live airfield used by BAE Systems whose factory is at the western end of the airfield, but there is a well walked public footpath across it.

Muddy track to the path across the airfield
Muddy track to the path across the airfield

Path lined with warings not to trespass off the path
Path lined with warnings not to trespass off the path

Approaching the Humber flood bank from the airfield
Approaching the Humber flood bank from the airfield

Looking back across the airfield with the public footpath clearly showing as the dark green strip
Looking back across the airfield with the public footpath clearly showing as the dark green strip

Following the Humber flood bank from the airfield
Following the Humber flood bank from the airfield

Following the Humber flood bank downstream
Following the Humber flood bank downstream

At the flood bank we turned left to walk downstream towards Hull along the flood bank. This is part of the route of the "Trans Pennine Trail". The Trans Pennine Trail goes from Southport on the west coast to Hornsea on the east coast, a distance of 346km.

The scenery along the river bank is an odd mixture of striking nature and ugly industry. The river itself is around 2km wide with a band of reeds about 20m wide along its edge. The far bank is Lincolnshire with a couple of large industrial installations silhouetted against the sky.

Following the Humber flood bank downstream
Following the Humber flood bank downstream

Following the Humber flood bank downstream
Following the Humber flood bank downstream

The flood bank path passing a large lake
The flood bank path passing a large lake

Path to Melton leaves the Trans Pennine Trail
Path to Melton leaves the Trans Pennine Trail

The path passes a large refuse landfill site
The path passes a large refuse landfill site

We continued along the flood bank past a large refuse land fill site and just beyond this site the path deteriorated into a muddy mess along the shoreline of the Humber for a few hundred metres (fortunately it was low tide when we walked this part of the route).

After about 800m we came to a large attractive lake on the left and at the far end of the lake a path turned off the flood bank to the left heading to the village of Melton about 2km away.

Flood bank  path crosses a drainage channel sluices
Flood bank path crosses a drainage channel sluices

Muddy section of path along the shoreline of the Humber
Muddy section of path along the shoreline of the Humber

A minor road ends at the river in a series of large potholes with industrial plants silouetted across the Humber in Lincolnshire
A minor road ends at the river in a series of large potholes with industrial plants silhouetted across the Humber in Lincolnshire

Path along the field edge above the river
Path along the field edge above the river

We had walked around a long slow bend in the river and now the Humber Suspension Bridge was visible ahead of us. At the end of the ploughed field we came to a strip of woodland running at right angles to the river along the edge of an area of housing.

At map ref. SE975248 we crossed the end of a minor road that ended in a wet deeply potholed area above the river. From here the path was much better along a track at the edge of a ploughed field above the river.

Path along the field edge above the river
Path along the field edge above the river

Humber Suspension Bridge from the Trans Pennine Trail along the riverside
Humber Suspension Bridge from the Trans Pennine Trail along the riverside

Joining the Wolds Way at North Ferriby
Joining the Wolds Way at North Ferriby

Wolds Way crosses the railway bridge
Wolds Way crosses the railway bridge

Crossing the complex A63 junction
Crossing the complex A63 junction

At the edge of the woodland we came to a pedestrian ramp up to a major road junction at the A63 dual carriageway. There were traffic lights for people to cross the slip roads safely and a bridge over the A63 itself and we were soon able to continue along the Wolds Way through the woodland to the north of the A63.

At the far edge of the woodland next to North Ferriby,we came to the Yorkshire Wolds Way path. At the Wolds Way we turned left to follow it away from the river for about 500m to a bridge over the railway. We crossed the bridge and continued through the woodland for another 700m.

Wolds Way through the woods at North Ferriby
Wolds Way through the woods at North Ferriby

Wolds Way approaching the A63 crossing
Wolds Way approaching the A63 crossing

Wold Way continuing north of the A63
Wold Way continuing north of the A63

Wolds Way continuing through the woodland
Wolds Way continuing through the woodland

Wolds Way passing through the Melton Scout Campsite
Wolds Way passing through the Melton Scout Campsite

Continuing across the road along an access track
Continuing across the road along an access track

We continued along an access track on the other side of the road and after about 300m the path crossed to the south side of the woods with a good view down to the River Humber in the afternoon sunshine.

From the A63 the path climbed gently through the woods in a large arc to pass through the Melton Scout Campsite and cross a minor road at map ref. SE974273.

Wolds Way passing through the Melton Scout Campsite
Wolds Way passing through the Melton Scout Campsite

Leaving the Scout campsite to cross a minor road
Leaving the Scout campsite to cross a minor road

Path crosses to the south side of the woodland
Path crosses to the south side of the woodland

Looking across the Humber from the Wolds Way
Looking across the Humber from the Wolds Way

Wolds Way along the woodland edge
Wolds Way along the woodland edge

Turning onto the road to Welton
Turning onto the road to Welton

The stream flowing through Welton
The stream flowing through Welton

The whole route had been 11km and it had taken us three and a half hour to walk including a few short stops to look at the scenery.

We followed the path along the edge of the woodland to another minor road at map ref. SE964276. At this road we turned left and walked down the road back into Welton and the end of our walk at the village green next to the church.

Wolds Way through the woodland
Wolds Way through the woodland

Following the road into Welton
Following the road into Welton

The church by the stream in Welton
The church by the stream in Welton

The stream flowing round the church in Welton
The stream flowing round the church in Welton

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