Walking

Local Walks: Public artwork adds interest to King George Dock to Victoria Dock route

Walking regularly is one of the easiest ways to stay active and improve our mental health during lockdown. Our Walking series has proven particularly popular and seems to reflect a renewed interest in this form of exercise locally.

This walk takes explores King George Dock along the Ferry Port and back, and then takes you alongside the Siemens turbine blade factory to Victoria Dock. It has the added interest of lots of public artwork to discover en route.

Godwit Scupture by Jason Heppenstall

Enthusiastic walkers from Hedon can get the maximum exercise benefit by walking to the starting point along Hedon Road. And diehards could even opt to walk even further from Victoria Dock and walk up to The Deep and into Hull City Centre.

Unlike most walks in our Walking series, this one utilises pavements so no risk of mud in wetter weather. It’s not a circular walk which needs to be considered if using the car to get there.

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  • The walk starts from the River Humber viewing area (car park) at King George Dock https://w3w.co/thigh.doctor.news. From the car park. with the Humber in front of you, follow the path along the river to your left alongside the ferry port. It’s a no through-route so you have to retrace your steps. In the summer with lighter nights, you can time your visit with the departure of the ferry.

  • After returning to the car park take the path along the main road leading out of the dock. Notice the amazing ‘Rebar Godwit’ sculpture created by Jason Heppenstall. There is also a very appealing Hull mural based on artwork by children at Victoria Dock Primary School.

  • Before you reach the dock exit, look for the entrance to Siemens on your left-hand side and the security office. Take the public footpath to the side of the office https://w3w.co/input.looks.faster. What follows is a lovely walk with the Siemens factory on your left and lots of public artwork to discover. Look in particular for “Sheepshank” by Holly Lawson and “Ebb Flow” by Debi Keable. And do you remember the Hull City of Culture Blade artwork in the city centre in 2017? It’s now located towards the end of this pleasant part of the walk.

  • At the end of the Siemens trail, you will find a piece of public artwork “Past and Present” https://w3w.co/tolls.happy.best by Peter Ronald Coates. Follow the trail up to your left taking you back to the river https://w3w.co/twist.flute.knee and the beginning of the Victoria Dock riverside trail. Our trail ends here, but you can opt to continue along the River and into Hull City Centre.

Coronavirus Note: You should currently minimise time spent outside your home, but you can leave your home to do an exercise walk. This should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area. You can exercise in a public outdoor place, by yourself, with the people you live with, with your support bubble (if you are legally permitted to form one) or, when on your own, with 1 person from another household. Whilst walking you should maintain social distancing.

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