Chalk Cliffs (circa 1900)

Our trail begins at the very heart of the Country Park. You can get to the starting point from the main Humber Bridge Car Park via the Country Park’s Little Switzerland entrance (the entrance nearest to the Humber Bridge). Use ‘View on map’ from the trail’s homepage to reach point ‘1’ and the start of the trail.

The cliffs surrounding the park were created by centuries of chalk quarrying, dating back to at least the 14th century. Chalk was used extensively as a foundation stone for roads and buildings, but was also processed into lime and whiting.

Until the early twentieth century quarrying methods remained manual with chalk extracted by hand using picks and crowbars.

This image shows quarried rock being carried on horse drawn carts to the foreshore where it was crushed in mills or loaded on board vessels from wharves and jetties.