Walking in Hull

Images of parks and people walking

One of the best ways to discover what’s on offer in the city is to take your time and enjoy a leisurely stroll. It is the cheapest and easiest way to start improving your health and wellbeing – no gym memberships, no expensive kit required, simply leave the house and get walking.

From the charm of the city’s Victorian arcades to the modern, iconic structure of The Deep, in Hull city centre the best of the old and the new combine. Visit our parks and take in the scenery. Incorporate a walk around the Animal Education Centre or Ferens Boating Lake while you’re at East Park or have a wander around the Sensory Garden at Pickering Park. There is so much to see across Hull by foot.

You can visit our parks pages to find out more about your local parks

Walking also provides an easy and cheap way of getting around on shorter journeys. As well as the network of footways and shortcuts which can make the trip quicker than driving.

There are also Public Rights of Way (PRoW) which can offer an alternative walking route in some areas of the city.

Self-guided Trails

Follow that fish! Pick up a Seven Seas Fish Trail leaflet from our tourist information centre or download from this page and follow an A - Z of fish swimming across Hull’s pavements, through the Old Town and down to the beautiful riverfront. Seek out the hidden shrimp, but beware of the shark basking outside a high-street bank! The young and young at heart will enjoy exploring the city by finding the fish. 41 in total, catch them all by following Hull’s unique pavement of fish and net yourself a certificate on completion.

Few can resist glancing at a blue plaque to see what contributions, buildings or their occupants have made to local history.  A Guide to the City’s Heritage Plaques tells the story behind 30 distinctive plaques dotted around the Old Town and can be downloaded from this page.

As you wander, you will find historic hostelries and cosmopolitan café bars tucked into the streets of the Old Town. From the George Hotel, with the smallest window in the city, to Ye Olde Black Boy with its resident ghost, the best way to discover the secrets of Hull’s traditional taverns is by picking up a free copy of Hull’s Ale Trail or by downloading it from this page*

*Please note under the current national restrictions many of the locations on the Ale Trail are currently closed.

Unguided Walks

You can download maps for a range of unguided walks around Hull below.

Walk Hull

Walk Hull

Walk Hull is a walking initiative developed in collaboration between Fitmums & Friends, Hull Culture & Leisure and Hull City Council for West Park. There are seven pink signs situated around the footpaths of the park, simply scan the QR code with your smartphone’s camera to be taken to the Walk Hull webpage.  Scan a second code and the website will tell you how far you’ve travelled between the two points and how long it took!

Walk Hull also counts up the total distanced travelled by all users and records milestones for the community.

You can choose your own route and all the signs are situated along the existing pathways so are accessible to all Park users of any age or mobility. Try it friends, family or on your own and get more active.

Visit the Walk Hull website

 

Scenic and Urban Circular Walking Routes

There are several scenic and urban circular walking routes around Hull for people of all ages and abilities.

A total of 12 walks have been identified across the city, ranging from 1.5 miles to 3 miles. Some are easy and others are moderate to challenging, but all can be tailored or adapted to suit every individual.

Route One - Engine Drain - an urban walk around the area surrounding Kingswood Retail Park

  • Grade - Easy
  • Distance - 3.6km or 2.23 miles 
  • Start and end point - Kingswood Retail Park, Althrop Road, Hull HU7 3DA

Route Two - Foredyke Clough - an urban green walk taking in Midmeredales and Foredyke Clough 

  • Grade - Easy
  • Distance - 3.57km or 2.22miles
  • Start and end point -  Wawne Road, HU7 5ES

Route Three - Rockford Fields - a scenic walk in Sutton and taking in parts of the Hornsea Rail and Trans Pennine Trail.

  • Grade - Easy to moderate
  • Distance - 2.99km or 1.86 miles
  • Start and end point - Sutton Road underpass, HU8 0EY

Route 3a - Trans Pennine Trail – a green and urban walk of Sutton Upon Hull taking in sections of the Trans Pennine Trail, Hornsea rail, Sutton Trod and Rockford Fields.

  • Grade - Easy
  • Distance -  3.75 km or 2.31 miles
  • Start and end point - Tweendykes Road, HU7 4XJ

Route Four- Sutton Trod – this walk also takes in part of the Hornsea Rail and Trans Pennine Trail.

  • Grade - Easy to moderate
  • Distance - 3.75 km or 2.33 miles
  • Start and end point - Church Street, HU7 4TL

Route Five - Foredyke Stream – a pleasant walk taking in parts of the Foredyke Stream, Rockford Fields and Trans Pennine and Hornsea Trail.

  • Grade - Easy to moderate
  • Distance - 2.75 km or 1.71 miles
  • Start and end point - Chamberlain Road, HU8 8HW

Route Six - Setting Dike - a walk along Setting Dike through a community woodland alongside the Hull to Scarborough Railway line offering a mix of both urban and rural scenery.

  • Grade - Easy to moderate
  • Distance -  3.34 km or 2.07 miles
  • Start and end point - National Avenue, HU5 4HP

Route Seven - Cottingham Branchline - a walk that starts in an urban setting, taking in nature on the way.

  • Grade - Easy to moderate
  • Distance - 3.35 km or 2.08 miles
  • Start and end point - National Avenue, HU5 4HP

Route Eight - Springhead - a walk alongside Sand Dike and through Springhead Golf Course offering a mix of both urban and pleasant green spaces along the way.

  • Grade - Easy to moderate
  • Distance - 2.77 km or 1.72 miles
  • Start and end point - Willerby Road, HU5 5JD

Route Nine - Poorhouse Lane – this walk takes in plenty of natural scenery.

  • Grade - Moderate to challenging
  • Distance -  2.06 km or 1.28 miles
  • Start and end point - Preston Road at Poorhouse Lane, HU9 5HH

Route 10 - Eastern Cemetery - A pleasant, mainly nature walk, taking in the well-kept and peaceful Eastern Cemetery.

  • Grade -Moderate to challenging
  • Distance-  2.91 km or 1.81 miles
  • Start and end point - Preston Road, HU9 5AN

Route 11 - Alexandra Dock – A walk taking in parts of the Holderness Drain, Withernsea Branch Line and Alexandra Dock offering a mix of both urban and pleasant green spaces along the way.

  • Grade - Easy to moderate
  • Distance - 4.08km or 2.54 miles
  • Start and end point - Rosemead Street, HU9 2DT