All three of the following walks suggested start here at the
same point. Park in the supermarket car park, then walk down
Maltkiln Road towards the Humber; to get to the Haven (canalised
inlet off the estuary) mouth, walk between part of the country
park and the Ropery. At the same time of writing the site of a
previous artificial fertiliser factory is being transformed into
the Waters' Edge Country Park. Thousands of trees have been
planted and some paths laid but at present most of the site is
not open to the public as building rubble and contaminated soil
have still to be removed from the northern section of the site.
When complete there will be a Visitor's Centre near the mouth of
the Haven and a footbridge over to the Humber Bridge viewing area
and Clay Pits nature reserves to the west.
The Ropewalk, where once ropes for shipping were twisted, is now a contemporary art & craft centre and industrial heritage display. Check its opening times.
Walk the Humber bank eastwards until you reach a permissive footpath sign (between the sewage works and a clay pantile making site).
If you wish to walk the shortest of the three circular walks suggested then, having taken in the panoramic views up the estuary to The Humber Bridge and Southern Yorkshire Wolds and across to Hessle, Hull and Hull Docks, walk between the fishing lakes to Pasture Road. Follow the road south past the eastern side of the Country Park (see later note), and on to Butts Road, where you will see the railway and bus intersection, near to where you started. Alternatively you may wish to continue along Pasture Road to St. Peter's Church (open between 2pm and 4pm each day) and the Beck Hill area of historical Barton. From there you can thread your way back to the starting point.
If you wish to walk further out of the town then continue along the clay bank round the tilery, past a large house and disused tilery and past the yachting lake. These successive warpland lakes were created by clay digging for pantile and brick works of which there were over 30 along Barton's foreshore in the late nineteenth century (see the map in The Ropewalk).
Today they form a network of wildlife-rich, wetland habitats, while on the other side of the clay bank, and if the tide is ebbing, you can take in the biodiversity of the mud flats.
Where you reach some caravans turn inland between two lakes, across the railway line and onto Marsh Lane West. Follow the Lane between fields rimmed by mature hawthorne hedges and turn right where the road bends sharp left. Follow the field headland footpath back to Barton, along the northern edge of the Kimberly Clarke landscaped site, and eventually to Pasture Road via Pasture Road South. Here you have the same options as for Walk One.
The third option is to extend the second walk to Barrow Haven. From the caravans beside the Humber Bank continue eastwards to the mouth of Barrow Haven. Cross over beside the railway line and follow the linear village south. A short detour east along West Hann Lane will bring you to the site of Barrow's motte and baily castle. Cross the bridge over the Haven and turn right down West Marsh Lane. At a sharp bend follow the field headland waymarks as with Walk Two.
Very recently the southern part of Waters' Edge site has been opened to the public. From Pasture Road the footbridge can now be crossed and a way marked path followed past three wetland reserves and out onto Maltkiln Lane. However gates shut at 5.30pm. From there it is a short walk to The Ropewalk.
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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