April 2023.

The George Inn at Barton on Humber was good value, certainly in 2023 UK terms, and our massive slight disappointment that the artisanal breakfast kippers were off was assuaged by a well cooked full English.

The bridge across the Humber is good value, too (£1.50), though as Paul Mudge reminds us in the days when a ferry was the only way to reach Hull’s craft pubs the boat carried a bar with bottled beer. So, in the spirit of calling for a halt to inventions like Artificial Intelligence that make our lives easier, I today campaign for the abolition of the Humber Bridge and reinstatement of a ferry selling real ale (see also : Woolwich Ferry).

We had two ticks to complete East Yorkshire for another year (not that I’m ticking the Guide), and Withernsea allowed us to take a minor detour to the end of the world.

AKA Spurn Head. A decade ago I walked to the tip of Spurn from Kilnsea, and five years later I brought you a report on the neglected Dolphin pub with a call for a bridge to the UK’s remotest pub. No-one listened.

Nowadays Spurn is home only to RNLI staff and impassable except on foot following the latest tidal surge in 2013.

Perversely, it seems busier that I remember, folk attracted to the shiny RSPB visitor centre selling buckets and spades and bird identification guides (it’s a duck).

And that’s a bit of old rope. See, I’m good and identifying things.

I’d have walked the 2 miles to the tip, but one of our party was wearing inappropriate footwear/couldn’t be bothered.

This is the point where the old road stops abruptly.

And this is what’s at the end, if you DO make it that far. I’ve seen worse looking pub buildings.

Will it still be there in another ten years ?

11 thoughts on “SPURNED

  1. “I today campaign for the abolition of the Humber Bridge.*

    You might be on to something with that, seeing as it was only really built to connect the two halves of Humberside, an artificial county that has now been abolished.

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    1. Matthew,
      I don’t believe that the Humber Bridge was only really built to connect the two halves of the improper county of Humberside which didn’t even exist until 1974.
      No, the Humber Bridge was built as a result of the death of Labour MP Henry Solomons on 7th November 1965 nearly nine years earlier. The seat was retained with an increased majority, 43% to 52% of votes cast, by Kevin McNamara of the Labour Party and this was attributed to the announcement of the construction of the Humber Bridge by the government during the by-election campaign.


      1. I think it was part of the same process of attempting to connect the two sides of the estuary, which began in the mid sixties but took more than a decade to complete: work on the bridge started in 1972, the same year as the Local Government Act which led to the creation of Humberside.

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  2. RM, that looks like a good breakfast and I particularly like the beans coming in a little saucepan so they can be ignored.


  3. There used to be a railway down there, intended for the military but the locals built their own sail-powered vehicles. It was abandoned in 1951.

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  4. The Humber Bridge is free to cross if you do the sensible thing and walk. I still second calls for it to be abolished, or preferably demolished. Preferably with me on the north side

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