When it was completed in 1981, the Humber Bridge was the longest of its type in the world, and remains the 7th longest today at 1.38 miles long. It connects East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire via the north and south banks of the River Humber. The bridge itself is a great place to go for a walk, but there are also fantastic nature reserves on either side of it to explore.
On the south side is the Far-Ings Nature Reserve. This area used to be mined for its clay but since it was abandoned it has naturally filled with water and an abundance of wildlife. There are a maze of walking routes through the old pits and ponds, plenty of bird-hides and the Water’s Edge Visitor centre is great for the kids with free parking and entry, and a café and gift shop.
On the north side is the Humber Bridge country park. A series of nature trails lead through the woodland, ponds and chalk cliffs that have been left behind from old chalk mines. On the foreshore there is a pebble beach, an old mill and The Country Park Inn is a great place for Sunday lunch. The tourist information centre has brilliant car parking facilities and is the ideal place to start your walk around the reserve or over the bridge. Many events are held here, including a farmers market every first Sunday of the month.
For more information, visit www.humberbridge.co.uk