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River Ancholme and Castlethorpe walking route

River Ancholme and Castlethorpe walking route


2.8 miles


Near the Tourist Information Office in the Brigg Market Place. Brigg can be reached by leaving the M180 at Junction 4 and following the A18 into the town. DN20 8LD


1. Leave the Market place in a westerly direction along Bridge Street.

2. Immediately before the bridge over the Old River Ancholme, turn right down some steps onto a tarmac path beside the river. Follow this path north under a road bridge.

3. Pass under the motorway bridge, the tarmac path ends here, and continue along a grass path alongside the New River Ancholme.

4. The first bridge over the New River is Castlethorpe Bridge, cross here and turn immediately left onto a permissive path back towards Brigg with the river on your left.

5. At this point the permissive path turns right but the council have provided a good path along the bank past a new housing estate,into Narrow boats road , then left into Waters edge to join Bridge street descend a few steps and continue nearer to the water.

6. As you reach the bridge the path swings round to the right and joins the pavement along Bridge Street. Turn left heading towards the town centre.

7. Where the road bends left, carefully cross, using the traffic island and enter the now quiet Bridge Street, crossing the Old River Bridge back to your starting point near the Tourist Information Centre.


The area is flat. The grassy path from the motorway bridge to Castlethorpe Bridge can get muddy during wet weather.

The permissive path is an excellent grassy path along an embankment. The path alongside the housing estate is at present fine grit.

Where the path is closer to the water near to the bridge, this section can be avoided by going through the housing estate into Waters' Edge Road, which enters Bridge Street very close to where the footpath does.


Between one and one and a half hours at a leisurely pace.


In Brigg there are several pubs doing pub lunches and several cafés and snack bars.

Arties Mill at Castlethorpe.     


There are public toilets in Brigg. Many pubs, cafés and snack bars will have their own facilities for customers.    


OS Explorer 281 The Ancholme Valley.   

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