Can You Walk Across the Humber ?
Is it possible to walk across the River Humber at low tide . . . ?
If you live in Yorkshire and gaze longingly across the Humber Estuary to the Golden Shire of Lincolnshire you could be forgiven for being so desperate to escape and find cultural shelter you’d even consider trying to get across on foot
The question is can it be done ?
Well, it can indeed . .. but please do not try this at home !
In 1953 Lord Noel-Buxton walked from Yorkshire to Lincolnshire at low tide, it was a 1¾-mile journey took him 70 minutes during which time he was never more than waist deep in water.
Here’s me checking to make sure there are no stray Yorkshire men trying to illegally enter God’s Own County . . .
Lord Noel-Buxton wasn’t an eccentric, indeed a sensible man, you’ll note in which direction he chose to make his historic journey, a man after our own heart really - he did it in the name of history.
His idea was to prove that the Romans could have forded the River Humber making the movement of troops very much easier n the area and he remained convinced that there was an accepted ford path from Lincolnshire to Yorkshire.
“I think this is the way Ermine Street carried on and this was the fording place for the Roman legions between Lincoln and York.” Lord Noel-Buxton said at the time.
So there you go, another burning question of the day answered - can you walk across the River Humber . . . Yes, you can !
Yours, already on the right side
PS. In the interest of Health & Safety we should stress that under no circumstances should Yorkshiremen try to walk across the Humber in an attempt to save the bridge toll