Walking in Paull, East Yorkshire

Paull East Yorkshire

This article consists of a few firsts. The first walk of the year, first use of my new camera and the first article I have ever written!!

To kick start I’ve started locally taking in a walk that shows off the river Humber’s finest views.
Heading out of Hull to the village of Paull to take a very bracing walk along the Humber bank.
With the first nicest day of the year it was ideal for a walk but as always with the wind blowing up the Humber it was nithering to say the least.

St Andrews Parish Church
St Andrews Parish Church

Parking at Paulls nature reserve just outside the village you walk a short distance to the Humber bank from which you can take two directions. We took a right to head towards Fort Paull and the village itself, taking the views of the parish church St Andrew, a grade 1 listed building which stands proud overlooking the Humber bank.

The walk is along Paull Holme Strays, a tidal habitat created in 2003 by creating a break in the bank of the river Humber.
You are able to see a vast range of wading birds and wildlife from here more so in the winter months.

Paull Holme Strays
Paull Holme Strays

Further along the walk you start to see two light houses in the distance. One white and the other red. These are “leading Lights” built to replace the original light house found in the village. Leading lights work by each light lining up to indicate safe passage for vessels up the Humber.

Leading Lights
Leading Lights

You eventually come to a fork in the path. Heading to the left takes you past both leading lights and past one piece of Paulls defensive history, a WW2 pill box turret.

Paull has been host to coastal defences for centuries. In 1542, as part of a review of coastal defences carried out by Henry VIII to prepare against possible war with France and Spain, a battery for twelve gunners was built at Paull. As you carry along the walk you are able to see the guns from the fort pointing out over the Humber. You are able to visit Fort Paul which is now a museum but check their website for opening times as during the winter months they are closed.

As you carry on along the edge of the Humber bank heading to the village you see Hull Port and can often see the ferries docked and waiting to leave and in the distance the Humber Bridge. On entering the Village you can stop for a drink or two in the 3 public houses before heading back out of the village past the gates of the museum and towards St Andrews Church. Just after the church you can take the path to the right which drops down on to Paull Home strays again and a slow amble back to the car. It is not a long walk nor taxing but it’s a great one to blow the cobwebs away and to just take in the fantastic views of the Humber.

Written By Helen Snowden