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Humber keel and sloop at South Ferriby
The River Hull and the River Humber used to be full of barges moving between the Humber ports and smaller towns in Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire but today there are only a few.
Two very old barges - a keel named Comrade and a sloop named Amy Howson - are preserved and are moored at South Ferriby on the south bank of the Humber.
It has been possible in past years to take trips on these old barges but as I write this in 2012 there are no planned excursions this year but the barges are open to the public occassionally and the barges do sail too and can be viewed on the river. When in full sail they make a splendid sight.
The website has details.
A long peninsula that has the North Sea on one side and the River Humber on the other. Three and a half miles long and only fifty metres wide in places it has a single track road with passing places along it. Spurn is made up of a series of sand and shingle banks held together with mainly Marram grass and Seabuckthorn.
There are a series of sea defence works built by the Victorians and maintained by the Ministry of Defence, till they sold Spurn to the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust in the 1950s. The defences are in a poor state, breaking down and crumbling. This is making Spurn a very fragile place wide open to the ravages of the North Sea.
Entrance to the peninsula is £3.00 (as at summer 2010) and the proceeds go to maintain the road and for nature conservancy. A wonderful place for bird watchers and for watching ships enter and leave the Humber to and from the North Sea.
This has a real end of the world feel to it and I have a dedicated album on my Hull pages.
A small seaside town to the east of Hull - about 18 miles and a regular bus service via Patrington.
There is a reasonable beach here and it is popular with families - there are amusements, pubs, fish and chips and ice cream parlours. Quite a good weekend market in the summer.
The lighthouse is open to the public and there is a small museum here dedicated to Withernsea born actress Kay Kendall.
A short drive from Hull over the Humber Bridge on the A15 / M180 to Scunthorpe and then on the Kirton Lindsey road (B1398) takes you to Twigmore Woods. This is a large wood with two lakes and pleasant walks through well maintained paths (suitable in places for wheelchairs) and in the late spring and early summer the largest display of rhododendrons I have ever seen.
There is a car park but no catering or toilet facilities but Morrisons and McDonalds are close by.
Bishop Burton is the first pretty East Yorkshire village you pass through once you have left Hulls urban sprawl on your way from Hull to York. Unfortunately it is dissected by the busy A1079 Hull to York road and there are ponds on each side of the road. Many people miss the prettier pond of the two and the one shown below is on the same side of the road as the pub/restaurant.
A nice village to wander around with a church high above the village that affords quite good views. The Altisidora (named after a race horse) is a good place to go for a meal or drink - many people use it as a coffee stop on their way to the ferry in Hull if they are early and need to kill time.
More details on my Beverley pages.
A pretty East Yorkshire village about 8 miles west of Hull. There is a pond in its centre where the ducks can be fed and a row of very old cottages that have been turned in to shops. The post office built in the 1700s is worth a visit in itself.
A 153 bus from Hull takes about 40 minutes and travels through Westella which is Hulls stockbroker belt where you will see elegant mansions and houses.
The pond at Brantingham
Brantingham is a pretty typically English village 8 miles west of Hull. There is some interesting Dutch gabled architecture here as well as the pub and shops that are typically English village. There is a pond and the village is highly forested as is the area it sits in. Good as a base for country walks in Brantingham Dale.
Just off the A63 at Elloughton but infrequent bus service for non drivers (155 from Hull).
Spurn Point is a unique spit of land that juts out in to the Humber Estuary - the North Sea on one side and the River Humber on the other. There is a small hamlet here formed of England's only permanent life boat personal and their families.
A great place for a walk on the beach and watching the many ships that enter and leave the Humber ports everyday.
Kingston Square is a little known sqaure to many visitors unless they visit the New Theatre but it provides quite a haven for workers at lunchtime in the summer and students from the nearby college.
There is seating and the compulsary pigeons looking for food.
The operations room
The 2007 season opens on Saturday 17th February .75ft below ground is our Command Bunker. Set on two floors and covering nearly 35,000sq ft the Bunker is protected by thousands of tons of concrete and steel. With three Operations Rooms - Situation Room - Command Pit - Dormitories - Canteen - Officers Mess - Plant Rooms - Kitchens and Offices, along with Computer Rooms & Communications Centres it has been described as a 'Whole World Beneath The Surface' - Kept Top Secret for over 50 years visitors can now see for themselves the Preserved Heritage Areas of this vast Command Complex. Guided tours offer visitors the chance to witness over 50 years of 'Cold War' history at this site - Fully interpreted by Displays - Cinemas & Shows. Starting life as an Early Warning Radar Station, going on to become a National Command Headquarters for the RAF and still currently in use today -The Bunker is a chilling insight into what might have been and is well worth a visit.
Phone: 01964 630342
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