Autumn walks us to winter: The Humber Fish Trail

Our Wild Britain journey took us to the east coast of Yorkshire to discover the much talked about Humber Fish Trail.

Date
November 11th 2013

Our Wild Britain journey took us to the east coast of Yorkshire, to discover the much talked about Humber Fish Trail based in Hull (or Kingston Upon Hull as it was originally named back in 1299).

Today Hull is an industrial and commercial city with a busy bustling port, but with medieval roots there is a great deal of maritime history based around the dockland. The very first dock was built here in 1770 but the area is now filled in and is the site of the Queens Gardens, a large open green space. Other former docks have also been cleverly redeveloped. Princes Quay shopping centre has been built on stilts above the water, while the original Humber dock has been converted to a marina.

A fantastic way to explore the city and find out about its history is by following the unique Humber Fish Trail. The trail was created back in 1992 by sculptor and artist Gordon Young. The idea was to make life size pieces of a spectrum of fish and place them in pavements and walls around the city for people to discover. There are 41 fish in total, all are made from traditional materials, some being easy to spot and others a little more difficult. The walk is mostly on flat ground and takes you on a journey around the old part of the town, as well as the dock side. For guidance on the route you can pick up a map of the trail at the Tourist Board or visit www.visithullandeastyorkshire.com.