Barton Waterside

Barton Waterside

Route: Barton Waterside

Area: North Lincolnshire

Date of walk: 21st January 2020

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 5.8 miles

Ascent: 100 feet

Weather: sunny

I’ve walked along the south bank of the Humber several times before, but on previous occasions have headed west, towards South Ferriby – click here for one such visit. Today we decided to walk east for the first time, in the direction of Barrow Haven and New Holland

Although the Humber is often called a river, and is described as such on the OS map, it is in fact an estuary and varies with the sea tides.  It is formed at Faxfleet, by the confluence of the tidal rivers Ouse and Trent. From there to the North Sea it forms part of the boundary between the East Yorkshire on the north bank and North Lincolnshire on the south bank. Low tide exposes areas of mudflat, home to millions of small worms, shrimps and snails which provide food for many of the 130,000 birds that visit the area each year

We parked at Barton Haven, part of the wider area of Barton Waterside, near the spectacular Humber Bridge. The bridge was once the longest single span suspension bridge in the world, and is now a Grade I listed building. After crossing a small inlet we walked through Waters Edge Country Park. This park is now home to a nature reserve, but until the late 1990s this was one of the most contaminated industrial sites in the UK and the ground was saturated with toxic water from chemical factories. Following a multi-million pound reclamation project the site was transformed into a Local Nature Reserve and is now protected long into the future by various legal designations

We didn’t have time today to explore the park properly and contented ourselves with striding out along the embankment above the Humber, stopping when we reached Barrow Haven. From here the path continues for many miles, and anyone with enough time and energy could follow it as far as Grimsby. A circular inland return route is possible by walking through Barrow Haven and joining a public footpath beyond it, but we’d enjoyed the waterside walk and decided to retrace our steps back to the start

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