GUIDE TO THE RIVER HULL
(Rowing Club to Humber confluence)
NAME OF RIVER: Hull.
WHERE IS IT?: Kingston Upon Hull. Map.
PUT-INS/ TAKE-OUTS: Put in at Hull Rowing club steps. Head north out of town on the Beverley Road and turn right into Desmond Avenue. Follow into Oak Road and park the car up in front of the Park. Don't leave any valuables in view. Walk across the park towards the river and head for the rowing club buildings.
Take out at Victoria Pier at the end of Queen Street.
APPROX LENGTH: 5 km.
TIME NEEDED: One hour.
ACCESS HASSLES: Tidal - no problem.
WATER LEVEL INDICATORS: Get on one to one and a half hours before low water at Albert Dock. Tide times.
MAJOR HAZARDS/ FALLS: Water quality.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Get in at the rowing club steps. A seal launch is fun but keep your mouth closed.
The trip is basically a tour through the old industrial quarter of Hull. A mixture of industry with associated interesting smells and derelict sites. Some great old Victorian architecture in the form of warehouses and swing bridges is contrasted with 20th century steelwork in the form of dumped shopping trollies (total 14) and old bikes (20 plus). Before joining The Humber and reaching the get out, the old warehouses become converted into posh city apartments and the tidal barrage and "The Deep" bring you right into the 21st century.
OTHER NOTES: Most normal people wouldn't paddle The Hull. Those that do paddle the non tidal sections higher up where the water quality is "better"
CONTRIBUTED BY: Nigel Blandford, Neil Ellerby and Steve Maltby.