Cleethorpes - Humberston Fitties - Tetney Lock

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The walk starts at the southern end of Cleethorpes, beside the ever-popular Pleasure Island amusement park. There's much here to entertain the kids, including the light railway, Cleethorpes Zoo and the butterfly gardens. If you can tear them away, you can follow the walk along the front to the Yacht Club and the old boating lake. If you want to take a few slices of bread, the many swans, geese, ducks and other waterfowl would be delighted. Here we head slightly inland to pick up the sea wall, good flat walking. This runs just inland from Tetney Marshes, a haven for many different species of wading bird. The marshes support significant breeding populations of little tern, shelduck, oystercatcher, ringed plover and redshank. You are advised not to walk on the marshes themselves.

Also evident out in the estuary from this stretch is Haile Sand Fort. You should also be able to see its twin, Bull Fort, near the north bank. These two forts were World War II constructions where up to 200 men were garrisoned. They had an anti-submarine steel mesh stretched between them. Haile also saw the first British army casualties of the war, when it was machine-gunned by a German mine-laying aeroplane.

We follow the sea bank all the way to Tetney Haven and the Louth Canal. After a short visit to Tetney Lock (and maybe even its excellent pub), it's easy walking cross-country and back to the start.

Dog-walkers please note the presence of aggressive waterfowl en route and a couple of dog-unfriendly stiles.

England - East England - Lincolnshire - Humberside


Birds, Good for Kids, Lake/Loch, Mostly Flat, Pub, Public Transport, Wildlife
25/09/2018 - Dennis Johnson

Pleasant but unspectacular walk that takes you through and around the Thorpe Park Holiday Park. Pretty clear instructions and no obstacles encountered on route

04/01/2015 - Sam Roebuck

Re walked in early January 2015. Any obstacles have now been removed.

28/09/2014 - Ernest Malcolm Styring

Did this walk in January no problems on that occasion , we returned and did it again 27th September on this occasion when we arrived at way mark 8 after crossing the sluice gate to walk along the canal the way was blocked. It appears that the farmer as put up a fence on the lower level that goes up to the upper level that's connected to a long steel gate with a pedestrian gate at its side both gates are locked, as we thought that we were in our rights to walk this route with great difficulty as we are both in our 70s we climbed over and continued to the pub, when we reached the other end there is a gate with a stile with a public right of way marker no problem here we just went over the step stile, so anyone walking in the opposite direction wouldn't know about the locked gates at the other end, is the farmer within is rights to do this?

26/07/2013 - Andy Booth

Did this on 23/0713. A very pleasant walk and good instructions. Only issue we had was at WM12 we couldn't see the footpath sign after turning left at the gates and walking 50m or so went back to the gates which you can go through (bars removed) or around (it is also signposted) and continue straight to a T-junction and then turn left. Follow the path to a right hand bend and you're actually at WM13. At this bend I looked into the field mentioned in WM13 and there is indeed a path through the wheat field with signposts at the other end so you probably need to walk further than the 50m suggested in WM12 to find them. I'd say more like 200m. From WM16 to WM19 it is all part of the Holiday Park now so you actually leave the holiday park via the drive to get to WM20.