Monday, 9 April 2018

A-Z Challenger 2018 - British Rivers: 'H' Humber

Although recorded on many maps as a river the Humber is actually the tidal estuary formed by the River Ouse and the River Trent. At 59 km the Humber is quite small. It separates the counties of Yorkshire and Lincolnshire being 13 km across at its widest point,

It is spanned by the magnificent single span Humber Suspension Bridge.

Number Bridge panorama
And seen from the air - 

Aerial view - Humber Bridge
At 2220 metres long the bridge is one of the longest single span bridges in the world.

The output of freshwater from the Humber into the North Sea is the largest in Britain,

Hull is the largest city on the Humber and ferries leave there for Europe destinations like Zeebrugge.

Footpaths along the bank enable you to approach the bridge and watch the ships go by and to look out for seals,

Footpath (Wolds Way) North Ferriby, Yorkshire
Photo attributions:
  • Humber Bridge panorama: 27 August 2011 by Yug08 - CC BY-SA 2,0 licence
  • Aerial View: 1 July 2009 by Leo Jackson - Public Domain
  • River Humber footpath: 7 April 2008 ex by Andy Beecroft - CC BY-SA 2.0 licence


Kalpana said...

That's an extremely long bridge. I would love to walk along that path looking out for seals.

Jemima Pett said...

It made such a difference when the Humber Bridge was finished! I always remember driving along the M62 towards Hull one year (in the 80s, probably) with the full moon rising ahead of me. The Humber is a surprisingly atmospheric area.

These days it's so much easier coming straight up from Lincoln!

Jemima, blogging from A to Z on my writing inspirations

Wendy said...

How high is that bridge? It does not appear to open, so do big ships travel up this river?

Beth Lapin said...

Thanks, I love the view of the habitat along the river.


Bob Scotney said...

Wendy - the road deck has 30 meters clearance above the water; the pillars are 155 high above the piers. Hull - the port and all the major docks are downstream from the Bridge so the ferries do not pass under it. There are wharfs and staithes upstream for smaller vessels.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Bob - it's a stunning bridge - and really quite daunting standing in the middle of it! I wasn't that happy ... !! It's a fascinating area of England ... and has so much history - great 'resume' you've given us here - cheers Hilary

Kristin said...

I would not like to drive across that bridge. Does it sway in high winds?