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Haltemprice Area Walks

The table below contains information on all walks centred in the haltemprice area. Click on any walk's name or reference code to see more details on the walk, including photos and a route map.


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Humber Bridge Country Park 1
Walk Name
Humber Bridge Country Park 1
Spot everything from newts to bats on this accessible, pleasant route through the Country Park.
Circular Walk
Walk Type
  • Easy Walks
  • Nature Trail and Country Park Walks
Ordnance Survey Explorer Map
Car Parking Facility
Car parks at Hessle Foreshore and the Humber Bridge
Country Park Inn at Hessle
Public Conveniences
Hessle Foreshore
Distance (Miles)
Distance (Kilometres)
  • This walk contains a little bit of everything that the Humber Bridge Country Park has to offer.
  • Leaving the foreshore behind, take the path into Little Switzerland.  As you turn left and walk over the wooden boardwalk consider that millions of years ago you would have been in the middle of a vast tropical sea.  The shells and skeletons of many sea creatures such as urchins and oysters have made the rocks beneath your feet today.  It is this chalk which gives the Country Park its character. 
  • Follow the main path past the wild flower meadow and continue through the woods - always keeping the steep slope on your right - until you reach a junction. 
  • Bear left past the seat before immediately turning right to descend to the deepest part of the old quarry at the ponds.  To explore the ponds follow the paths in a 'figure of eight'.  The smaller pond dries up in summer, which kills the small sticklebacks you can see whizzing around.
  • The larger pond is fed by underground water so don't be surprised to see it rise miraculously even after dry weather!
  • Leaving the ponds by the same path you arrived on, continue straight ahead, passing the path back to the foreshore.  After passing a small clearing on your left that is covered in wild flowers in June and July, bear left at the fork in the path.  The low-lying area ahead collects water in winter to form another seasonal pond.  The pond is surrounded by willow and poplar trees, and this is a great place to watch birds bathing, and bats feeding in the evening. 
  • Retrace your steps along the path and turn right before you reach the main pond area.  Follow the path through the woods, returning through Little Switzerland to the foreshore. (Alternatively, use the steps next to the last seasonal pond to climb up onto a path crossing a meadow.  This path leads back to the foreshore).
Start Point
Hessle Foreshore
End Point
Hessle Foreshore
Towns & Villages
Hessle, North Ferriby and Swanland
Start Easting
Start Northing
End Easting
End Northing
Further Information
Features of Interest
-  The park was designated a Local Nature Reserve in spring 2002.  This demonstrates East Riding of Yorkshire Council's commitment to nature conservation and countryside access for all. 
Accessibility Information
This route:-   
-  is relatively flat. 
-  does not contain barriers. 
-  contains rest places at regular intervals. 
Additional Information
-  Sometimes in the winter the ponds flood over the paths and even the seats become submerged.