Humber Bridge is a fantastic place to spend an afternoon
I WAS flicking through a Visit Hull and East Yorkshire tourist brochure last weekend looking for some inspiration for a potential afternoon out on a cold November Sunday when I saw that the Humber Bridge was located in the top ten things to do list.
Don't get me wrong, I'm a big fan of the bridge, it's a thing of beauty in its own right and I never drive by it without looking up (in the passenger seat of course!), impressed by the sheer imposing scale of the thing.
But after you've looked at for a few minutes then what's next? It's only a bridge after all.
Then I noticed you could walk over it and was intrigued. A couple of hours later me and my "not so good with heights" girlfriend found ourselves suspended more than 100ft above the Humber in biting winds and temperatures that must have been struggling to get above zero.
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Looking around at the wonderful views up and down the Humber, I forgot about the cold and the wind and I instantly began to agree with the brochure.
It does honestly feel like you are standing on a construction of special importance, like the Eiffel Tower or Tower Bridge, and, judging by the amount of folk walking dogs, pushing prams and jogging past us in both directions, I wasn't the only one.
The true construction of the bridge can also only be appreciated from this view and when you are up there it strikes you how simpli- stic its construction is.
The bridge section is literately held up by two thick lengths of cable running parallel along its length attached to the towers at either end and held in place by a lot of wire, 71,000 miles of wiring to be precise.
Yet scanning the whole length of these two cables, as they dip down and rise up majestically to the far tower, gives a great sense of the engineering achievement in producing a bridge of such magnitude.
Although my girlfriend had to take my word for it as she wouldn't take her eyes away from a few feet in front of her.
After completing the almost two-mile walk there and back we were also lucky enough to get the added bonus of a nice autumnal sunset over the Humber, before making our descent back to the car park and a well-deserved hot chocolate.
So there you have it, Visit Hull and East Yorkshire was spot on with its recommendation.
The Humber Bridge, a great place for a walk on a Sunday afternoon.
If you haven't tried it (and no, driving over it doesn't count), get up there, even if you are scared of heights. Just don't look down.