The Humber Bridge
There are many spectacular bridges on the National Cycle Network, most of them ex railway viaducts originally built to carry trains across valleys, rivers and estuaries. Where the railway lines have been closed and the tracks removed, they make ideal routes for cyclists, and some modern road bridges have been designed from the start with integral cycle/pedestrian paths. Here is such a bridge, carrying NCN Route 1 across the wide estuary of the River Humber.
The Humber Bridge is the longest bridge in the UK that you can cycle across, having a span of 2.2kms and at the time of it's opening in 1981, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world. It is now the 7th longest.
Since the bridge was opened, 200 people have fallen or jumped from it. Only 5 have survived.
At water level on the North bank there is a fast response RNLI boat.
The Cycle Ride
From Derby by train via Doncaster to Ferriby, which lies on the North bank of the Humber, a few miles West of the bridge, from where you get distant views of the bridge and can ride along the waterside path to Hessle, where the North end of the bridge stands. Best to buy a return ticket to Hessle which also has a station so that you can catch a train back from there.
Ferriby is famed for historical reasons since it was here that a 4,000 year old boat was found, this being the oldest boat ever found in Europe.
For technophobes - see this long (43 mins) video about the construction of the bridge HERE