The Humber bends at West Clough; twists north-westwards and drops its alignment with the Humber Bridge. And as I turned with it, then left the riverside to take the path alongside Welton Clough, it felt like a significant moment on the journey. Hull and the Humber Bridge behind, and now, ahead in the far distance, the next human-made icons in this flat landscape: the towers of Drax and Eggborough power stations, smoking in the afternoon sky.
A good ten miles, Hessle to South Cave, today, via Brough Airfield where two hobbyists were flying their radio-controlled planes in a far field, above which a glider pilot took out his craft for its weekend spin. And where inside, the sheds of BAE hummed and clanked with the activities of manufacturing Hawk jets. A young couple giggled and hugged on the security wall facing the estuary, dog walkers and joggers passed, and this hiker.
The old ferry road / old Roman road north out of Brough passes the Golf Club and the exclusive houses around it - marked for the passer-by by the presence of security gadgets and signs on the gate saying PLEASE USE OTHER ENTRANCE. If your home has more than one entrance, it's big. This is Hull hinterland; it emerges in later conversations that some occupants here would equally look to Leeds to work, Meadowhall to shop, and lovely little Ellerker which I pass through next, for all its beauty has no shops, its one remaining licensed premises no longer a pub but an expensive restuarant.
Seems to me that South Cave has a bit more than that about it. Though the roads were choked with cars for the Farmers Market when I pass the public park it's being well used: by the older villagers gathered at the bowls club pavilion, by younger women at the tennis courts, by families enjoying the well-equipped play area uphill and by gaggles of teenagers on benches. At the entrance a mobile opticians continues to trade: and the Castle (weddings and conferences) and the Fox & Coney (Theakstons on tap) are doing good Saturday afternoon business. I'm the guest of Andy and Michelle - they do a very good barbeque and later take me to the Green Dragon, Welton for more good conversation about Hull and its environs.