These rights of way, numbered 330 and 331 on North
Lincolnshire Council's definitive Map, comprise stretches of wide
field headland bridleway and considerable stretches of
tarmacadamed field headland farm track. Because the field pattern
is entirely post-Enclosure (1790s), and because most of the
fields are between 50 and 100 acres, the rights of way are long
straight stretches with right-angled bends at field corners. The
essence of these walks is open space-expansive undulating
landscape - but with the intimacy of the nearby hawthorne and
alder hedge and its flora and fauna demanding detailed attention.
At various points in clear weather it is possible to study a
panoramic view that extends from the scarp slope of the Yorkshire
Wolds to the north west, across the dip slope to the suburbs of
Hessle, Kirk Ella and Willerby and then across the right, Hull
flood plain on which is built the city of Kingston upon Hull
(Hull Royal Infirmary and Reckitt's chimney rise above the
general skyline), to Hull Docks to the north east with Holderness
beyond, particularily the woodland of Rise estate. To the east
Paull and the lower Humber Estuary with Immingham in the distance
and Goxhill church in the middle distance, its paler ashlar West
tower often picked out by the low angled sun's rays in winter. In
the middle distance to the north west the Humber Bridge is a
majestic sight, and even when sections of footpath dip down into
a dry valley the top of the suspension bridge towers are usually
visible above the field scape.
Although this network of bridleways/footpaths can be accessed from Deepdale and Brigg Road, this description will begin at Eastfield Road which branches south from Caistor Road, itself an extension of Whitecross Street with its fine period houses leading from Beck Hill, the site of Barton's two fine medieval churches. Eastfield Road passes the upper section of Baysgarth Park - an attractive wooded public park spanning one of Barton's dry valleys. Foothpath 37 runs along the field side of the hedge which marks the southern limit of the park; it dates from the time when the land of the park was in private ownership. Out into the countryside Eastfield Road becomes a green lane, clearly a post-Enclosure 40-foot road, but following the route of a pre-Enclosure track which throughout the Middle Ages accessed two of Barton's three open fields and the common land beyond. The wide grass verges are a blaze of colour when the wild flowers are in bloom, particularily in May.
Footpath 331 continues south beyond the green lane. Gaps in the hedge can reveal the panoramic view previously described. At the end of 331 there is a choice - either a walk 50 yards south, then through the gap in the hedge and walk east to the hamlet of Deepdale, most of the way being suefaced farm track. Deepdale lies in a steep sided dry valley and the walker may wish to return to Barton by walking the wide grass verge of the post post-Enclosure Burnham Road to Caistor Road and back into Barton. Fine views are again to be had from various points. Alternatively, turn west above a shallow dry valley and follow the track past Kingsforth to Brigg Road, most of the way being tarmacadamed farm track.
Just to the south the walker will see a young plantation - mostly conifers. This is in contrast to the permanent pasture and parkland to the south of Kingsforth a welcome, rare survival of this type of land used in this region. Beyond the parkland the traffic noise from a cutting of the A15 Humber Bridge approach road can be heard but it is not intrusive. Kingsforth is a fine example of a post-Enclosure substantial farmhouse built out in the countryside by the family allocated the land around. Previously farms had been in the village (town) and people commuted out to work the open fields.
Some evidence of pre-Enclosure farmsteads remains in Barton at various points around the town and is one of the historic features of the town well worth exploring. At two points the bridleway passes around metal gates crossing the road as this is the vehicle access to Kingsforth.
Once Brigg Road is reached the walker can return to Barton, the Park and Footpath 37. If so the walker will cross over Beacon Hill, said to command the finest view in the area.
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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