Humber Bridge, Barton Waterside

Barton Waterside

Route: Barton Waterside

Area: North Lincolnshire

Date of walk: 25th February 2024

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 4.8 miles

Ascent: 50 feet

Weather: Sunny

After driving over the Grade I Listed Humber Bridge, which features in many of the photos taken on this walk, we parked at Waters’ Edge Country Park near the bank of the River Humber. This was once one of the most contaminated industrial sites in the UK, with the ground saturated with toxic waste from chemical factories. Since then the area has been transformed into Waters’ Edge Country Park and Local Nature Reserve, and it is now a pristine green space and a haven for wildlife. We crossed the footbridge over the outflow at Barton Waterside and set off along the well made path beside the River Humber, part of the long distance Viking Way. We walked under the Humber Bridge, marvelling at the incredible feat of engineering. The suspension bridge was the longest of its type in the world when it opened in 1981

Further along the easy path we passed by the visitor centre at Far Ings Nature Reserve. This walk can be conveniently linked with a visit to the reserve, home to many rare species including bittern, water vole and Cetti’s warbler. Last time we visited we spotted a kingfisher and a marsh harrier. We didn’t have time for a proper visit today, but I do recommend adding this to the itinerary. Don’t forget to bring binoculars

We continued to head west as far as Chowder Ness, another place where rare birds may be spotted. Beyond Chowder Ness we started the return leg, following a track and then a quiet road as far as Ness End Farm. There’s an alternative entrance into Far Ings here (also a car park) and we took the opportunity to walk through the reserve as far as the visitor centre which we’d passed by earlier. (Note: dogs are not allowed in Far Ings Nature Reserve and anyone with a dog would need to continue along Far Ings Road). After following the path across the reserve we arrived back on the Viking Way and from here we retraced our steps back to the start

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