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South Ferriby walking route

South Ferriby walking route


2.5 miles


In the car park opposite the Hope And Anchor Pub at South Ferriby Sluice. South Ferriby can be reached via the A1077 Scunthorpe to Barton main road. DN18 6JH


1. From the municipal car park, carefully cross A1077 main road and turn right over the footbridge alongside the main road. Go through a Kissing gate on the left towards the river bank.

2. The path turns inland at a bird hide and bends again going parallel with the shoreline still on the embankment passing small lakes on the right and the river on the left.

3. A waymarked path drops down to the right, this is where the return journey rejoins our outward route.

4. The path descends to the shoreline just after passing the imposing South Ferriby Hall on the right.

5. After a short distance (about 50 yards) steps lead up to a gate and a path leads uphill alongside a field. Follow this path uphill with a hedge on your right.

6. The path meets a wide track at a very long seat. This wide track is the Viking Way (To extend the walk turn left for about a third or a mile to a good viewpoint opposite a police firing range). Turn right and return to the village.

7. Pass north End Road to your right and watch out for a delightful little pond on the left hand side of the road. Turn right down The Rise. This road swings left at the bottom past a lovely chapel into Farrishes Lane.    

8. Turn right onto Sluice Road heading back towards the Sluice.    

9. Just after you pass the Rugby Conference Centre on the other side of the road a partly concealed, but signposted path leads you back onto the embankment through a kissing gate at point three from where you return to the start.


From points one to four after the initial road crossing the grassy path is along a river embankment. Between points four and five you are on the shoreline – a high spring tide may reach this path which can be muddy.

Between points five and six is a steadily rising grassy path. Between points six and seven this is initially a wide stone track, which is later metalled in the village. The Rise road descends markedly and levels into Farrishes Lane. From point eight to nine is a good sunken tarmac pavement.

Between points nine and three this is a level grassy path rising back onto the embankment.


Allow between an hour and an hour and a half to complete the walk at a leisurely pace. Walking on to the promontory opposite the Police firing range and back adds almost a third of a mile to the route.     


The Hope and Anchor, Sluice Road, South Ferriby 01652 635334.

The Butchers Arms at nearby Winterton.


There are toilets down the steps past the Swing Bridge Control House at the Sluice on the same side as the car park.


There are two phone boxes. On the landward side of the A1077 not far from the car park. The other one is near the junction of the A1077 and B1204.


OS Landranger 112

OS Explorer 281 Ancholme Valley   

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