Hessle

Hessle is a town in the East Riding of Yorkshire, on the north bank of the Humber, about five miles west of Hull city centre. It is part of Hull's built-up area but not within the city boundaries.

Spanning the Humber estuary, between Hessle on the north bank and Barton-upon-Humber on the south bank, is the spectacular Humber Bridge, the fourth-largest single-span suspension bridge in the world. From one end to the other, it is just under 1.5 miles long. Walk, cycle or drive across the bridge just for the thrill of it, and then, at the Tourist Information Centre you can watch a video about its construction.

Chalk-quarrying was a major industry at Hessle into the 20th century. The site of Hessle's largest quarry has now been transformed into The Humber Bridge Country Park Local Nature Reserve. The reserve is a haven for people and wildlife set amongst woods, meadows, ponds and cliffs. The tree covered chalk terraces of the old chalk quarry offer dramatic views over the River Humber and towering Humber Bridge.

Hessle is at the start of the Yorkshire Wolds Way, a long-distance footpath and designated National Trail which wends across the Yorkshire Wolds to Filey.

OS grid reference TA 034 264

Useful and informative links

Algernon Barkworth & Tranby House
Information about Titanic survivor Algernon Barkworth and his home in Hessle
Hessle photographs from Geograph
Wikipedia article on Hessle




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