The old course of the river is now an overgrown deep and narrow creek carrying a trickle of water, and the public footpath around the southern section of it appears to have been only trodden by roe deer in recent times. I managed to avoid the nettles and trundled on, briefly stopping to watch a Buzzard being mobbed by a Carrion Crow. I was relieved to finally get to the wooden footbridge over Beverley and Barmston Drain just north of Tophill Low nature reserve.
I joined the start of the stage at the lock and weir and crossed to the other side of the river to hace a closer look. Swallows, Sand Martins, House Martins and Swifts flew over the river. It didn't take long to walk the mowed footpath by the New Cut and then to Emmotland. In Emmotland Junction the river joins Frodingham Beck and there is a metal footbridge over it, and the footpath continues along Frodingham Beck. I must inadvertently flushed a female Goosander from the river, which was a nice surprise. She flew up in a circle and then south. The next stretch of river up to Corpslanding does not have a public right of access. I crossed the footbridge and continued for a little while alongside Frodingham Beck on an overgrown path and then returned to Bethell's bridge for a spot of lunch.
Part of the New Cut, the straight navigable section of the river Hull, looking south from Bethell's Bridge just after a shower.
Mute Swans by the bridge.
Tree Sparrow chirping. They are quite numerous around Bethell's bridge.
Boat Moorings with Bethell's bridge on the background.
The beautiful Scurf Dike.
Footbridge over Scurf Dike.
Singing willow Warbler.
Mayfly by Scurf Dike.
Two Roe Deer resting on a grassy ride.
Old course of the River Hull near Bethell's bridge.
Small Tortoiseshell Caterpillars.
Sedge Warbler by the old course of the River Hull.
The wooden footbridge over Beverley and Barmston Drain.
Weir from the East bank.
A group of Mute Swans fed on the clear water of the river upstream of Bethell's bridge.
Emmotland Junction and Footbridge.
Looking down onto the river Hull upstream from Emmotland. The plant is Potamogeton crispus I believe.
Looking upstream from Emmotland Junction. The River Hull on the left.