Heshul one
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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Hessle and Hull.

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Grid Ref TA0294825709
Lat / Lon 53.71767° / -0.44147°
Easting / Northing 502,948E / 425,709N
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Grid Ref TA0921828880
Lat / Lon 53.74488° / -0.34539°
Easting / Northing 509,218E / 428,880N
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Heshul One's land is

Estuary 31.4%
Urban 68.6%

Data: Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2018



28 Oct 2021 Autumn

Achieves a traffic free route into a city centre (barring a few roads that allow safe crossing), so you should expect a few bits aren’t the most scenic or serene. However the elevated walk way at the docks in Hull and the path along the river that follows are really interesting with views to be had (at first over the city scape, then into the estuary). The dock buildings thereafter aren’t in great state, but gives an insight into the areas working past. Then there’s is a bit more riverside path so you can enjoy looking out onto the Humber again. The A63 side section isn’t pleasant on a wet, windy day at rush hour. But when the sun shines and in seasons when foliage isn’t over growing it’s not so bad and over reasonably quickly.

Kathy B

21 Jun 2021 Summer

This route is off road but the section along side the dual carriage way was unpleasant and overgrown with nettles. As you get into Hull it improves as you get away from the road. You go past several derelict dockside buildings. 2 flights of steps up to a walkway over the old dock warehouses.


02 May 2021 Spring

I walked this route from Hull to Hessle.

Currently there is a lot of building work in Hull with pedestrian route diversions in place. You may need to follow the diversion signs through the city centre (past the Maritime Museum) and across the new footbridge to the Marina. Head to the marina office over the white bridge next to the Holiday Inn and then walk down the road between the Marina Office and the Chandlery to get back on track.

The first section is through the Albert Dock, operated by Associated British Ports. It's still an active port so if your children or a member of your family find ships and JCBs exciting then you might be in luck. Keep an eye on MarineTraffic.com and the tides for best results. You have to cross the lock gate so you might be waiting a while if a ship is transiting the lock but this is infrequent.

There is a long flight of steps to get up to a raised walkway which takes you over the top of storage warehouses and offers a good view of the Humber and the industrial areas. Descending the steps a few hundred meters brings you down to a sea wall path. If you want to avoid these steps start and end your walk at St Andrew's Quay retail park.

The footpath is paved and well maintained but there is little shelter from either the sun or wind and rain during more inclement weather. Once you have passed St Andrews Quay retail park the path continues until the entire Humber Bridge is in view and the path takes a right turn. From here the path degrades to a single earth and stone track but there is more shelter from overhanging trees. Unfortunately, the footpath is now only metres away from the traffic on the A63, and the amount of litter is appalling. It does get better as you press on though and the road and footpath diverge.

Near the end in Hessle take a detour through the start of Jean's Walk and stop off at the stony beach. There are a number of large, flat stones to sit and rest on.

Hull City Centre is well supplied with shops and retail, including a large Tesco Extra directly opposite the train station in the St John's Centre. You have to walk a little bit into Hessle town centre from the train station but there are newsagents and a number of small bars and restaurants there.

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