This leaflet defines a cicular route for walkers that accesses
most public rights of way west of Barton upon Humber, however
many shorter circular walks can be devised particularily if local
lanes are utilised.
Except for the eastern end of Far Ings Lane (passing under the Humber Bridge approach road) and Gravel Pit Lane, these minor roads carry very little traffic.
We will start at the Humber Bridge Viewing Area at the bottom of Waterside Road. Parking is almost always available, there are public toilets and eventually a footbridge will cross the Haven and access the Waters' Edge Country Park to the east (see leaflet Warpland Walks to the east of Barton). The ex-coastguard station at "The Point" (between viewing area and the Haven mouth) is an information centre owned by North Lincolnshire Council.
The clay bank of the Humber estuary can be walked westwards under the Humber Bridge, past Reed's Hotel, restaurant and function centre, on past "Pebbly Beach" (where a small chalk rubble car park stands at the end of Far Ings Lane), past the parish boundary with South Ferriby and on to the site that was once the landing jetty for Leggott's chalk quarry.
For most of this clay bank section the walker can view a series of inland rectangular lakes as well as appreciating panoramic views across the Estuary. These lakes result from the clay digging for a series of local brick and pantile making works which were concentrated along this section of the Estuary bank by the late nineteenth century. These warpland clays had been divided into summer grazing fields by the Enclosure Act in the 1790's and the field pattern was reflected in the clay digging. Causways accessed the Humber Bank from Far Ings Lane but few are public rights of way. This post-industrial landscape, recolonised by Nature, has become rich in fish, birds and waterfowl. Most of the clay pits are now owned and managed by the Lincolnshire Trust and just past Reed's Hotel a causway right of way will take you to their visitor centre (check opening times although there are some outside display panels).
Returning to the clay bank the route now passes through a derelict site of a former cement works, again a haven for wildlife and for the adventurous, there are pathways to the stony Estuary beach.
Beyond "Pebbly Beach" two large disused chalk quarries can be seen in the wold side above West Cliff Farm and the Blue Coat Charity Farm. Near the parish boundary a three way finger board points to an inland field headland right of way which passes over a bridge and on through South Cliff Farm. From here it leads east along the headland of some permanent pasture before reaching a wooden bridge crossing the stream that drains the Blow Wells (where the willow trees are growing), a cluster of springs at the base of The Wolds. Across the field is the Lincolnshire Trust Visitor Centre but the right of way continues east to Dam Road across Gravel Pit Lane. At the time of writing topsiol is being excavated from this pasture land to back fill the Waters' Edge Country Park project. New wetland reserve areas are thus being created. It is intended to create a new North-South footpath to link the Visitor's Centre with the existing path at Blow Wells. Along Dam Road is a bridge which accesses another right of way leading beside the parish allotments site - we shall return to this point in a moment.
Alternatively the walker may choose to walk up Gravel Pit Lane to Westfield Road, which can be walked west as far as the parish boundary. Westfield Road provides fine panoramic Humber-side views - the southern Yorkshire Wolds with the Wallinfgen Humberhead lowlands to their west and the River Hull floodplain to the east with the Vale of Holderness beyond Hull Docks. The Estuary is again a political divide between the unitary authorities of the East Riding of Yorkshire, Hull City and North Lincolnshire - but the majestic Humber Bridge, although reinforcing the perception of a divide being a toll bridge, in fact enables the two sides of the estuary to be in close contact.
Historically the Humber has been a highway for passenger and goods traffic and at high tides today ships can be seen sailing up to or from Goole Docks or the River Trent wharfs.
The walker may then return along Westfield Road to Gravel Pit Lane. Having crossed Gravel Pit Lane, and some distance on, a waymark sign points along a field headland footpath which skirts the allotments' site (further east an underpass under the Humber Bridge Approach Road accesses Westfield Road and into the town of Barton) and brings the walker back to Dam Road. A little further east along Dam Road leads to a permissive path through a plantation owned by the Humber Bridge Board and onto Far Ings Lane. Walking then under the Bridge and towards the terraces of industrial houses leads to a waymark pointing north, alongside a stream, which leads back to the Viewing Area.
The Humber Bank section of this suggested route is also included in Ancholme Valley Walks, No 10, produced by North Lincolnshire Council; and forms the first stretch of "The Viking Way" long distance walk from Humberside to Rutland.
This is one of four Parish Paths Partnership walks. They are available in leaflet style free of charge from many outlets in Barton. They have been researched and written by Richard Clarke, designed by Richard Hatfield, the photography was done by Tim Needham, Albert Sykes and Richard Clarke, and the leaflets were funded by Barton Town Council and North Lincolnshire Council.
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