Humber Bridge - Far Ings - South Ferriby - Barton-upon-Humber

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The Humber Bridge was, until recently, the longest single-span bridge in the world and the sheer scale of this mammoth engineering feat is never more evident than here, at the start of this walk, as it stretches away above you towards the northern bank of the broad Humber estuary.

But soon we leave the giant span behind us as we follow the Viking Way (a National Trail running 147 miles from the Humber Bridge to Rutland Water and Oakham) along the banks of the mighty River Humber. Passing the Clay Pits and Far Ings Nature Reserve (bird spotters, this area is for you), we quickly leave the river behind and pass through the village of South Ferriby. The stretch of the Viking Way between Barton-upon-Humber and South Ferriby is also part of the Nev Cole Way, a local long-distance footpath set up in Memory of Neville 'Nev' Cole. See Walk 1150 and Walkingworld's article on the Wanderlust Way for more details.

After briefly leaving the Viking Way to visit South Ferriby Church, we rejoin the trail as it climbs to Horkstow Wold, offering views over the broad Ancholme Valley. For fans of folk music, Horkstow was home to John "Steeleye" Span in the early nineteenth century.

From Horkstow Wold, we soon leave the Viking Way to wend its way southward, while for us, it's mostly downhill along a quiet lane (apart from the bridge over the A15), into the historic market town of Barton-upon-Humber, famous for its connection with the horologist John Harrison, then back to the start of the walk.

England - North England - Yorkshire - Humberside


Ancient Monument, Birds, Cafe, Church, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Great Views, Industrial Archaeology, Play Area, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, River, Tea Shop, Toilets

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