About the project
Quarry to Country Park is a three-year Heritage Lottery funded project currently being delivered by East Riding Council. The project's main aim is to reveal the hidden history of the Humber Bridge Country Park; a former chalk quarry that dates back to the 14th century.
The project has seen the restoration and re-opening of Hessle's whiting mill as part of the new Chalk Walk heritage trail, which follows a path through the oldest area of the quarry and continues inside the mill's tower.
Hessle Mill and the Chalk Walk
Hessle Whiting mill is a unique example of an early nineteenth century whiting windmill. It was designed to crush chalk from a nearby quarry which now forms the Humber Bridge Country Park. The mill forms part of the Chalk Walk heritage trail which reveals the hidden natural, industrial and social history of the Country Park. The trail follows a path through the oldest area of the quarry and onto the Humber Foreshore, continuing on five levels inside the mill's tower.
A 48 acre wood with open meadows and wildlife ponds, the Humber Bridge Country Park is perfect for families. There is a small play area near the Mill on the foreshore and the Country Park offers multiple nature walks, picnic and barbecue areas. The distinctive chalk cliffs which surround the park on three sides, give rise to the park's local name of Little Switzerland. The bright white chalk cliffs were said to resemble the snow covered Alps!
Things to see
Discover a full day of family fun, with walks and picnics in the nature reserve, riverside views along the Humber foreshore and learn about the fascinating history of 'Little Switzerland' with the newly renovated Hessle Whiting Mill.
Things to do Daily activities
Map coming soon.
Schools, families and learning
Throughout 2020 and 2021 Quarry to Country Park offers a schedule of learning events designed for visitors of all ages to learn more about the rich history of the Country Park. Alongside guided heritage walks and creative sessions for adults, there is a programme of spring and summer holiday events and drop-in sessions for children and families. There are also opportunities for onsite and classroom learning for primary and secondary schools.
Want to arrange a school visit? Email the project team with preferred dates and number of students.
These learning resources are available to download for use in the classroom or during an onsite visit. These include information and worksheets on the following subject areas: Geology, Geography, Science and Technology, Mathematics, Creative Writing, Art and Design
Digital images of the mill
These hugely detailed technical drawings produced by former draughtsman and mill enthusiast John Brandrick, allow us to see how Hessle Mill and its whiting works would have looked when they were built during the early 19th century. The drawings also reveal how the mill developed over the following 150 years as it adapted to new technology.