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Humber Bridge and Water's Edge wetlands park

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Bluespruce had been asking about the Humber Bridge….and I was sure I had written a blog in the Autumn, but no, so here are some pics taken from Water’s Edge Wetlands park at Barton upon Humber which is on the south bank.

A bridge at Barton Haven takes you over to the park with a view of the Humber and boatyard on the left.

The Humber Bridge looking majestic in the sun, connecting North Lincolnshire to East Yorkshire.

Waters Edge….a series of eco-friendly capsules with views of the pond and river. Inside there is an amazing amount of information on the wildlife and plant life of the area. A wildlife surveillance network, the first of it’s kind in the country with a pan and tilt zoom camera, housed in the south tower of the bridge and lipstick sized cameras installed in individual nesting boxes, provides amazing coverage of nesting birds, and breeding wildlife.

North tower and sailing boat

Crafts on the river

Seaburngirl’s hubby on board the Humber Keel Comrade….:o)

The park itself provides an invaluable stop over for migrating birds such as the Brant Goose, where it enjoys a few weeks respite, before tackling it’s long southward journey to Spain and Morrocco.

Up-tails all!

The Ruddy Darter one of a host of insects native to the area.

Beautiful Sea Buckthorn…..hanging with golden berries in the Autumn.

And the flame shades of a young Spindle Berry

Around the ponds and reed beds, the walks are provided with great viewpoints.

Enjoy your rest little goose….:o)

Humber bridge and Sea Buckthorn.

Couldn’t slot this one in the right place…..Humber Keel Comrade again…:o)

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Superb photo's lovely informative blog thanks Janey.

16 Jan, 2010

 

My hubby is the skipper on the square rigged ship in photo 6. It is the Humber Keel Comrade.

Spent many a happy hour across your side of the river. :o)

16 Jan, 2010

 

Pleased you enjoyed it Valadel....:o)

Well, isn't that amazing Sbg.......hello hubby!! Good to know the name of the boat too....is it a working boat Sbg?....:o)

16 Jan, 2010

 

Great blog Janey. I remember the bridge opening and being afraid to go across it which I still have never done to this day

16 Jan, 2010

 

It is fitted out as near original as possible as it is a heritage craft. so the hold that would have carried cargo is now clear so that groups of people can charter it in the summer. If it isnt raining we all sit in the 'well deck' in the open and watch the scenery. It goes upstream to Reeds island and then depending on the wind/tide you can go down as far as Grimsby. visitors are welcome to have a go a steering it, though the sails are handled by the crew members.

this july we had dolphins around us and as we passed sunk island there were 6 or 7 seals up on the mud banks. it is a great day out.

16 Jan, 2010

 

That bridge brings back memories of soooo many visits to Hull! Thanks, Janey. :-)))

16 Jan, 2010

 

You must Pipsqueak...if you're up our way.....its certainly a wide stretch of water,
I think about a mile wide, a bit awe inspiring the first time.....but then you have to come back...:o)

Ah...I understand now Sbg, it certainly caught my eye when we were going over the bridge, I bet you love it! I never realized dolphins would come up that far....its such a wide expanse, with so many mudbanks when it's low tide, it looks so treacherous then....:o)

16 Jan, 2010

 

Pleased you enjoyed it Barbara.....I always think it's our own Golden Gate...:o)

16 Jan, 2010

 

Very interesting blog, Janey and lovely photos. Looks like a great place for a visit. GoYers talking about different areas are giving me a wanderlust to see more of the UK :)

16 Jan, 2010

 

Been there many times Janey but never tire of it, I remember the first time we walked over the bridge many moons ago, the kids loved it but hubby was frightened silly although he did stay with us, now although he`ll drive over with no problems, I cannot get him to take a walk on the bridge, love to visit still and have many lovely photographs.......

16 Jan, 2010

 

interesting blog janey and lovely pictures, looks like a great place to visit and walk, "hello mr sbg" :o))

16 Jan, 2010

 

Very interesting and informative blog, with super pics (as usual) loved the boat too SBG.

16 Jan, 2010

 

the humber is one of the most dangerous stretches to navigate. It is a real skill and hubby had to take alsorts of exams to prove his competency. There is a good article about her [the ship] if you google Humber keel Comrade.

16 Jan, 2010

 

I crossed the Humber bridge in a V W Camper van in 1989 we were on holiday It took my family ages to persude me as I am terrified of bridges, but I got my own back as I found us a really creepy camp site to stay at that night.

17 Jan, 2010

 

Like G19 this blog gives me wanderlust too, I have admit that I've never visited that side of England, something I must do. Your pics are fabulous. The one of the north tower really gives me an idea of the size of it. Thanks for showing me.

17 Jan, 2010

 

I'm the same Gee.....have itchy feet again....but I want to go south...I really fancy a train journey all round the coast of the UK...stopping mainly in Cornwall then through Wales, and up to the Lakes....a favourite spot there...:o)

I'm like your husband Linclass.....I really wouldn't want to walk it, though at weekends in the summer there are often hoards of people doing it, I'm not too keen on wide expanses of water, when we were first married we went on the Norfolk Broads and had to sail through Breydon Water near Yarmouth... same
feeling there too.....:o(

I think you're very brave navigating the estuary Sbg....I'm off to read about your boat now...:o)

That takes me back Mavis we had a VW camper for a few years...it was a great drive and really fun......now I wonder where that camp site was??? Lol!

Thanks for the great comment Heron....you must come over to the east side...we get beautiful big skies here....rolling hills and plenty of windmills and cornfields...:o)

Plenty to see and do here San....lots of ferries sailing every day from Hull to the continent for mini breaks ...my daughter has just had a trip to Amsterdam for 2 nights..loved it, brought me back some blue Tulip bulbs....:o)

17 Jan, 2010

 

Hi Janey we made our way from Hull up the Yorkshire coast and stayed at some great sites, we had our two youngest with us . It was a great adventure for them we all loved our VW.

17 Jan, 2010

 

~ lovely blog Janey~love all the plants that I never see here~ like you I am not keen on bridges over lots of water and considering that if we want to go anywhere we have to cross the Severn most times we have to do it quite often!~strangely enough I am more relaxed when the tide is right out!~
~last year we were coming home and there was this terrific queue at the toll booths as they had some sort of problem and the tailback meant we were stationary on the bridge itself for ages~love to read about boats though~ some of my ancestors were Shipwrights~so off to read about Humber Keel comrade!

17 Jan, 2010

amy
Amy
 

Janey the pics. are superb ... we have crossed several times as Tony's brother lives near Hull , I remember crossing once when there was the most fantastic rainbow over the bridge it felt as though you were going under it .. I still clench my hands and teeth when crossing a high bridge ...!
I will be looking for seaburns hubby next time :o)
Janey.. Breydon water is on my daughters doorstep .. almost .we cross it every time we go to see her

17 Jan, 2010

 

Great blog Janey.... never been that far up north......so interesting to see....

17 Jan, 2010

 

Yes there are many sites along that stretch of coast Mavis....Hornsea and Skipsea...but the coast is eroding at a rapid rate and losing tens of feet each year. A few years ago now a beautiful old hotel on the South side of Scarborough crumbled and fell down the cliff......nothing seems to be done for soil erosion, I don't know how people cope who's homes are in danger...they will lose everything...we seem to be ploughing so much money abroad yet our own heritage is disappearing. Bempton cliffs is just a short way further north and the sea bird colonies are under threat as they lose their nesting sites....all the extra erosion material apparently is coming down Spurn Point and down the estuary....:o(

Pleased you enjoyed it Arlene...:o) I bet the views from the Severn bridge are stunning, I haven't been to your part of the country for a long time, the thing is too these days....I don't trust the workmanship of anything any more do you, like the maintenance....crikey I'm getting paranoid now....Lol!

Thanks Amy......To see a rainbow from here must have been amazing....still scary though....we're like you we have big skies.......Ooh I wouldn't want to go on Breydon Water regularly....Lol!

I've got another pic of the Humber Keel Comrade, Sbg maybe you'll see hubby on this one...:o)

Thanks Holly....:o)

17 Jan, 2010

 

Thanks for a brill blog full of info and brill photos

17 Jan, 2010

 

Lovely blog Janey been over the Humber bridge many times, often went to the little pub on the bank of the river for Sunday dinner,when kids were little can't remember name of it now, then for a walk round the park/nature reserve,lovely.

17 Jan, 2010

 

never been to amsterdam janey but always thought it would be good to see it, blue tulips sounds nice to, look forward to seeing them janey :o))

17 Jan, 2010

 

Good blog Janey and it's good to see they are encouraging wildlife to the area.I had a slide with the last piece of the bridge being lifted in -but can I find it ? NO !
Just looked back Janey,can't believe it was 1993 that the Holbeck Hall hotel in Scarborough collapsed into the sea !
If anyone is interested there are photo's on this website. http://www.bgs.ac.uk/science/landuseanddevelopment/landslides/holbeckHall.html

17 Jan, 2010

 

Have enjoyed this great blog,Janey,and remember walking over and back,on a very cold sunny Sunday in January,many years ago,when our daughter was young.Quite a walk,and as I don't like heights,I didn't look down once,till I reached the other side ...same coming back !..We expected to find a cafe and toilets at the Lincs side,but absolutely nothing...so we do remember it well,not just for the bridge! We have been on the North sea ferries a couple of times..they are great.I took Russ for a surprise trip to Amsterdam for his 60th,and had a lovely time ,We also visited "The Deep"in Hull ,on the way back,which was enjoyable.We are only an hours drive away,so soon there.,and it is a lovely drive up the east coast.Thanks for bringing back some nice memories....

17 Jan, 2010

 

Interesting blog! I've never visited that corner of our country but then there are few places I have visited!

17 Jan, 2010

 

Visit Bempton quite a lot Janey...fantastic seabird colonies. Remember the Holbeck well..within a couple of days of hearing it was on the brink of collapse..the icecream vendors and T shirt sellers were in full swing.A sign of the times...............

17 Jan, 2010

 

Thanks Clarice...:o)

Know where you mean Simbad, we were there last summer, the lifeboat was having a practice in and out of the river........

San....I'd love to see the Tulip fields in the Spring there....I think the Kerkenhoff gardens are there, Chrispook didi a blog on a trip there if I'm not mistaken....:o)

Ooh that would have been interesting to see Aster.......when we were children, if we needed to go to Hull we would have to take the ferry from New Holland, it seemed to take ages just to get to New Holland...Lol! Crikey 17 years ago Holbeck Hall slid down the cliff, I remember seeing news reports with views of the lovely old rooms open to the elements.......

You're braver than me Bloomer, I wouldn't wish to walk across....about the toilets, now you could pop in to Water's edge and have lunch or a coffee, good facilities there...:o) Yes the ferries are fabulous now Bloomer, huge feats of engineering, P&Os I think, massive white ships, The Pride of Hull and The Pride of Rotterdam..........haven't visited the Deep so far, though my granddaughter has been, another treat in store....:o)

I think you'd be pleasantly surprised Balcony, and you're not too far away, sometime we want to come down to the Cambridge area and on to Suffolk...:o)

17 Jan, 2010

 

Lol Bb, the scavengers will be in.......

17 Jan, 2010

 

couldnt get onto this yesterday to add any more comments. I used to use the ferry to visit hubby when he worked at cleethorpes. He would also use it to visit me at uni. He liked the fact that as soon as the ferry left the landing stage the bar opened. alcohol at 6 in the morning !

I still sit tight when crossing it and believe me its no fun as a pillion either.

18 Jan, 2010

 

~ the new Severn bridge is 3 lanes wide whilst the old one is two lanes with a distinct rise in the middle so of choice we always use the new bridge and my hubby is made to get into the outside lane~ie furthest away from the edge~and get over as soon as possible~ recently we were going over and this idiot on the phone swerved out in front of us to avoid crashing into the back of the car in front of him and my hubby had to do some severe braking and avoidance to stop hitting the beeeep!...the last thing you want is a pileup on the bridge,I can't believe some people are so stupid!
To be honest the view is not that spectacular when the tide is out because it is all mud flats and when the tide is in there is a huge expanse of water! and I am not looking....
other scary ones are the Dartford bridge near Bluewater and the Avonmouth bridge~

18 Jan, 2010

 

Ha..ha Sbg....a proper sailor then...Lol!

Ooh Arlene all this bridge talk is making me dizzy! lol........such idiots on the roads too, been over the Dartford bridge, seem to remember it being a toll one...maybe I'm wrong, we were going to catch the ferry at Dover.........

18 Jan, 2010

 

Lovely blog Janey, I didn`t know anything about the Humber bridge but this has been really interesting, the photos are great. :o)

Sandra x

18 Jan, 2010

 

yes ~think its £1?

18 Jan, 2010

 

Pleased you liked it Labdancer51....:o)

Thats right Arlene, I remember now, a little cheaper than the Humber Bridge...cars are about £3.00 now.........

18 Jan, 2010

 

~ cars on the Severn Bridge £5.50!~

18 Jan, 2010

 

That is expensive Arlene.....£11.00 to come and go!

18 Jan, 2010

 

the pub is 'the anchor' i think, good grub. humber bridge is 2.75 per car per trip but still cheaper than going all the way round.

being in mid river when the super tankers come up stream is interesting to say the least. we often hear over the radio ships enquiring what the square rig sail is when they spot us. we also advise the shipping that we are there and they are meant to 'give way' to us.

18 Jan, 2010

 

Never been across a bridge as big as those you describe here! I've been across Tower Bridge on numerous occasions, mostly on foot. It's gives you an eerie feeling to stand across the 2 inch gap between the two halves of the spans! Just looking down at the Thames flowing under your feet makes you dizzy! You really get a feeling of irreality, you feel light headed & even imagine you are floating! It's very different from leaning against the sides of the bridge looking down at the water going past.

In Cuenca, Spain, where we spent Christmas, there is an iron bridge called St Paul's Bridge which joins together the two sides of the Huecar Gorge. This bridge is several 100 feet high & below it the River Huecar passes like a silver thread. Well usually it's silver though when I crossed the bridge a couple of weeks ago, due to all the heavy rain we had the "silver" bit was a wide, muddy ribbon! If you guys are afraid of crossing a the huge metal & concrete monsters of bridges you'd be petrified to death just putting a foot on St Paul's Bridge (my wife can tell some tales of how they used to jump up & down on the bridge when she was a girl, to frighten the tourists!!) :-D

18 Jan, 2010

 

Fortunately or not?~ they have this weird system Janey where by you only pay on the way into Wales~the road out is often congested where the M5 and M4 merge just over the bridge so it is probably something to do with the weight of stationary traffic~
Balcony ~love Tower Bridge~ at least you know that has stood the test of time!~ and have been persuaded to walk across the top walkways some years ago~ terrific view!~ we were there when the Bridge opened and a Brazilian Navy? vessel went out with everyone in uniform on deck and a band playing a samba!

18 Jan, 2010

 

Just had a look at Cuenca Balcony, it looks to be a beautiful medieval town, some wonderful historical architecture....:o) We were further north in the Tarragona region just north of Tortosa...that is a stunning place to visit too, the last place to fall during the Spanish civil war, the statue of the eagle flying free in the middle of the beautiful Riu Ebre really pulls at the heart strings......:o)

That's not too bad then Arlene, years since I went to London, but thinking of
Traitors gate and all those who came to it by boat up the river.....oooeeer!!

That's right Sbg the Anchor, don't think I would like to be in mid-river when those brutes approach...it would be like a night mare for me...Lol!

18 Jan, 2010

 

~ we had a fantastic tour round the Tower last march with a fantastic Beefeater who was informative and funny and kept us totally enthralled all the way round~saw Traitors gate and where Elizabeth was kept imprisoned by her older sister Mary, suspected of treason against her~ and the dungeons of course!well worth a visit, it was years since we were there last!

18 Jan, 2010

 

Yes would love a visit Arlene.....must make an effort this year...:o) I love History do you?

18 Jan, 2010

 

~ yes Janey ~I find it fascinating to walk the same path that Elizabeth and Raleigh, Mary queen of Scots did, plus most of Henry's wives!
Anne Bolyn,Catherine Howard and Jane Grey were incarcerated.
When we were in the chapel the guy was telling us that Victoria was most upset that Henry's wives who were beheaded were buried under the chapel floor~ she instructed that the floor be dug up and everyone given a proper Christian burial.When they dug the floor up they found about 220 bodies~ if you went missing because you were suspected of treason you wound up under the floor!
They were all given Christian burials at Victoria's request!

18 Jan, 2010

 

It sounds fascinating! I can imagine the atmosphere, and what those due for execution must have gone through....such terror! Loved the series the Tudors especially the first one with Anne and Henry, just think if you were called to court, all the whispering,plotting and lies, there would be no-one to trust but yourself.........

19 Jan, 2010

 

~ think that's why Elizabeth never married~ she was never going to put herself into the position of being subservient to any man when she believed as Englands queen she alone bore the responsibility to rule plus the issue of trust~ I hope she had a happy life!

19 Jan, 2010

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