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Humber Bridge to Far Ings Reserve walking route

Humber Bridge to Far Ings Reserve walking route


Three miles


The Humber Bridge viewing area car park. Follow the signs to the Humber Bridge viewing area from the A1077 on the one way system turning left into Waterside Road.

Almost at the end is a large car park. DN18 5BA    

Please note: No dogs are allowed in the nature reserve.


1.  Go up the steps onto the embankment and turn onto the Viking Way - a wide path with the river Humber on your right.

2.  Walk for a mile along this bank passing in turn a Tile Factory, an elevated building, which was part of an outdoor pursuits centre and a large hotel- Reeds Hotel.

3.  Look for a path inland with signs for Far Ings Nature Reserve. A path leads to the right, ignore it and follow a wide grassy straight path between trees and bushes. Water can be seen on the left and reedbeds on your right.

4.  Before reaching a gate marked ‘No entry’ turn right through a waymarked gate into the visitor  centre car park. There are toilets here and a shop may be open.

5.  A gate leads into a field usually containing sheep. Cross the field and a small gate takes you to a double-decker bird watching hide. On leaving the hide go back through the small gate and several yards further on the right a gate leads into a wide path bearing left.

6.  Follow this path between shrubs and trees. At a right bend, a stretch of water comes into view on your left and reed beds on your right.

7.  Follow this path which passes further on one hide on your left and two hides on your right. The path reaches the embankment.

8.  Turn right following the embankment, keep your eye open for a path sloping down to your right and follow it parallel to the embankment. Soon you will see a gate in a thicket. This takes you back into the Nature Reserve.

9.  A right hand path with a fence on your left and scrub on your right leads to another hide.

10.  Re-trace your steps from the hide until you come to a gate - go through this and follow a path bending to the right going through scrubland.

11.  On reaching a fence and low stile turn left up the embankment and then right retracing your steps to the car park.


Paths are good and the area is flat. The Viking Way can be windy.


Approximately one and three quarter hours, but usually more if you are bird watching.


The Honey Pot Café, Waters' Edge

The Ropewalk


Humber Bridge viewing area car park

Tesco supermarket

Far Ings Visitor Centre

Waters’ Edge Visitor Centre   


O.S. Landranger 112, O.S. Explorer 281. Viewing Area Car Park 6R 027234

Far Ings Car Park GR 012229.   

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