North Lincolnshire Walking - Barton and the Wolds

North Lincolnshire is an area of rural tranquility and remarkable natural beauty, where the rolling chalk of the Lincolnshire Wolds meets the lush Ancholme Valley and the unique Isle of Axholme. This is great walking country, with something for everyone from the long distance Viking Way and Nev Cole Way to gentler riverside and woodland walks.

North Lincolnshire is full of surprises. Alkborough Turf Maze is on a mysterious ancient site overlooking the confluence of the rivers Humber and Trent close to interesting rural walks and sleepy villages. Normanby Hall, with its award winning Victorian Walled Garden, is set in 300 acres of landscape gardens with lakes and natural woodland.

The charming town of Barton upon Humber has plenty for visitors to see and do. The magnificent Humber Bridge is the perfect backdrop for walks along the Humber Estuary, whilst the town itself offers shops, a museum, restaurants, pubs and an impressive 10th century church.

The Humber is one of Britain's largest estuaries supporting abundant wildlife. Barton Clay Pits, once the home of a thriving tile and brick industry, extended for 5 miles along the riverbank at either side of the bridge. These flooded pits are a haven for wildlife, each having its own character, providing facilities for a wider range of outdoor pursuits.

The Lincolnshire Trust for Nature Conservation opened Far Ings Nature Reserve, to the west of Barton in 1991. The 100-acre site has varied habitats supporting more than 230 species of wildflower, 50 nesting bird species and a wealth of invertebrates, including 250 species of moth.

The first phase of the new Waters' Edge Country Park, set against the backdrop of the Humber Bridge opened in spring 2001. Surfaced paths take the visitor through a selection of varied habitats. Thousands of native trees have been planted, which in time will provide food and breeding cover for many birds and other wildlife. Extensive areas of reeds provide the ideal habitat for specialised insects and birds.

Walking in North Lincolnshire (Starting from or near Barton upon Humber)

Viking Way

This 147 mile linear walk starts at the Humber Bridge (or the old Boathouse at Barton viewing area) heading westwards along the river bank and under the bridge. Several access points give opportunities to visit the lakes and observation hides at Far Ings Nature Reserve. At South Ferriby it climbs the chalk ridge of the Lincolnshire Wolds with dramatic views of the River, Reed's Island, South Ferriby Marina and the Ancholme Valley. It then leads down into Barnetby-le-Wolds, leaving North Lincolnshire to travel via Caistor, Lincoln, and the Vale of Belvoir, to Oakham in Rutland. The route, named after the influence of Danelaw in the eastern counties of Britain, has a logo of a Viking helmet, which appears on waymark signs. Appropriate Ordnance Survey maps together with a guide to the complete walk are available.

Nev Cole Way

This linear walk from Burton upon Stather, along the Trent, Humber and the Wolds passes through wild shoreline and areas of natural beauty. The full walk can be combined with the Viking Way to create an 89-mile circular walk.

Barton to New Holland

This is a new 6-mile circular walk from the Point (Humber Bridge viewing area) at Barton, along the river to New Holland with magnificent views of the estuary. It returns through the Clay Pits and the new Waters' Edge Country Park. A shorter 3-mile route passes through the attractive village of Barrow upon Humber, where John Harrison, inventor of the marine chronometer lived.

This is one of three leaflets produced by North Lincolnshire Council.

North Lincolnshire Walking - Barton and the Wolds
North Lincolnshire Walking - Epworth & the Isle of Axholme
North Lincolnshire Walking - Brigg and the Ancholme Valley

For more details of the above contact the Brigg Tourist Information Centre by phoning 01652 657053 or E-mail

Reproduced with kind permission from North Lincolnshire Council


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