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Walking: Walk that’s on track

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HULL - BY TRAIN

• Nearest station – Hull Paragon

• Map – OS Landranger 112 / Explorer 293

• Distance – 4 miles / 6.4 km

• Minimum time – 2 hours

• Grade – Easy – city traffic on

roads and along riverside

• Dog Friendliness – Must be kept

on leads

Train operator Northern has launched a series of walks, which start and finish at railway stations, in time for the start of the summer walking season.

Working with experts from the popular TV series Walks Around Britain, Northern has developed a range of walks to suit all abilities.

They include city walks, coastal walks, walks suitable for young children and scenic walks – all of which can all be downloaded from Northern’s website and include step-by-step guides, time guides, difficulty grading, dog friendliness and map including OS references please visit www.northernrailway.co.uk/walks for more details of all walks.

This week’s walk is to Hull, an easy but fascinating walk around the 2017 UK City of Culture which takes in Hull’s key historical landmarks – straight from Hull Paragon Station.

1) Exit Hull Paragon Station via the Ferensway exit and turn right to walk along Ferensway and past The Royal Hotel.

At the traffic lights, turn left to cross over Ferensway and walk down Anlaby Road.

Continue as it turns into Carr Lane and walk straight along Carr Lane.

You will then see the magnificent building of Hull City Hall on the left after Chariot Street.

2) Soon you’ll arrive in Queen Victoria Square with its impressive statue and Grade II listed building in the centre.

Turn to the left to see the stunning facade of the City Hall and straight ahead for the Hull Maritime Museum.

Walk past the Ferens Art Gallery on the right - which was opened in 1927 – and turn right to walk down Princes Dock Street.

3) On the other side of the dock is the glass expanse of Princes Quay Shopping Centre.

On the left are the original dock buildings, now restored and used as cafes and restaurants.

At the end of Princes Dock Street, turn left and cross the busy A63 Castle Street using the pelican crossings.

Turn right to discover the Spurn Lightship moored in the marina, which was used to warn ships about the end of Spurn Point for 48 years until 1975.

4) With the Lightship on the right, walk down Humber Dock Street to the crossroads with Wellington Street.

Carry straight on down Minerva Terrace, which is a private road but is a proper walkway.

Children will love the old canon on the right, before walking onto the jetty to see the Royal Navy Memorial.

5) If you fancy some more great views, venture onto the wooden jetty, where the striking building of The Deep is on the left.

Back on mainland, head up Queen Street and cross Castle Street again using the pelican crossings.

Continue straight on up Market Place, past the King Billy Statue in the middle of the road and the gold phone box on the left – painted to celebrate boxer, Luke Campbell’s Olympic success in 2012.

6) Next, on the left, is the unmissable sight of Hull Minster – otherwise known as Holy Trinity Church – dating back to the 1300s.

Cross over Market Place and carry on to walk through the unique gateway of St. Mary’s Church and turn right onto Chapel Lane.

7) After crossing High Street, this is the Museums Quarter.

Carry straight on, walking between the Streetlife Museum on the left and the Hull and Riding Museum on the right, until you meet the River Hull.

Turn left and walk along the walkway past the ship Arctic Corsair.

Follow the path around to the left so the brightly coloured road bridge is then behind you and walk away from it along Alfred Gelder Street.

8) Cross over Alfred Gelder Street and at the traffic lights turn right down Lowgate. After a short while, in front of Hull College, is The Wilberforce Monument – commemorating the life of William Wilberforce MP, the anti-slave trade campaigner.

Cross over Lowgate and walk into the lovely greenery of Queens Gardens – following the paths through the park.

At the end, turn right, go past the studios of the BBC and turn left on to Jameson Street.

9) The huge building on the right was the old BHS in Hull and at the front of the building is a mosaic depicting three ships, which was made in 1963.

A campaign to get protection for the mosaic is on-going.

Walk down Jameson Street until it meets Ferensway, where Hull Paragon Station is awaiting on the other side.