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Barton Far Ings to Blow Wells walking route

Barton Far Ings to Blow Wells walking route

Distance

2.6 miles

Start

Far Ings Old Visitor centre car park on Far Ings Road, beyond Reed’s Hotel turn off. (Permission needed for group parking via walks coordinator).

There is a small public car park at point eight – room for about eight cars.

Route

1. Cross Far Ings Road, bearing slightly right to a path opposite, cross the footbridge over the drain walking between two lakes.

2. Approaching some trees (which surround the Blow Wells) bear left on a good path, passing two lakes on your left.

3. The path emerges at a road junction (Dam Road is opposite); bear right uphill up Gravel Pit Road.

4. At the first and only crossroads, turn right along Westfield Road.

5. At a public footpath sign on the right, turn right onto a good path between hedges leading downhill, crossing a wooden walkway revealing a quarry below left. Continue to the bottom of the hill.

6. As the path levels out a public footpath leads left, beyond a hedge another path goes left or right. Either of the paths to the left are correct both leading to the same rough route.

7. Turn right along this lane, continuing ahead ignoring a lane (Far Ings Road) coming in from the right.

8. The lane ends at a small public car park at the river, on the left here is the Chowder Ness Foreshore project, we turn right through a kissing gate along a wide grit path (Viking Way) along the Humber flood bank.

9. Some steps or a curving downward ramp lead to a wide track between hedges leading away from the river, follow this path.

10. Turn right through a gate, in a few yards the car park can be seen on our left. 

Terrain

This area is a nature reserve between the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds and the Humber. Footpaths are generally very good. Care needs to be taken uphill Gravel Pit Road (there are good verges to escape the traffic).

The path downhill between points five and six is good although a good wooden walkway crosses a collapsed section. Roads and lanes are quiet, the busiest being Gravel Pit Road.

Time

Allow between an hour and an hour and a half to complete the walk at a leisurely pace. Allow extra time to visit the Blow Wells and take in the various views or for observing wildlife.

Refreshments

Waters' Edge visitor centre café on Maltkiln Lane. There is also a wide selection of pubs, cafes and take away facilities in Barton.

Maps

OS Explorer 281 Ancholme Valley.

Toilets

At the Old Visitor Centre car park.

You can also download a PDF version of the route below: