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Whitton - Alkborough Flats walking route

Whitton - Alkborough Flats walking route


2.9 miles


At the junction of Main Street, Whitton and Church Hill – near the church. (Please note that the place that looks like a parking bay is where buses turn round). Please park carefully on Main Street.


1. Walk down Main Street along the way you entered Whitton. 

2. Just as you leave the village, with the entrance to Ings Lane on your left, turn right into the wide track on your right. This track bends right opposite Willwick Hill Plantation on your left and aims for the right hand edge of the wood on the horizon.  

3. Turn left here along a slightly rising path with glimpses of water through the trees on your right. 

4. Cross the stile; the Flats Flood Scheme is visible below on your right. Bend to the left behind the ruins of a building and keep left following a row of trees on your left to a gate on your left. The panorama here is excellent.  

5. From this area near the gate, do not go downhill, stay on the hilltop and aim for those ruins, behind which is the stile at point four. Retrace steps to point three. 

6. Cross the stile on the left and bear right along and slightly down the hillside with the river below on your left.  

7. At the junction with a wide track, bear right towards the village, cross the third and last stile onto the road opposite the church.


Basically the walk is slightly uphill to point four and slightly downhill to the end. The walk starts on pavement and road to point two and from then on it follows good paths.  

The views of the Flats are hidden until between points four and five. From point five it is easy to stray downhill, look for the more indistinct path to point four. 

On the way back to point three, look past Whitton for the Humber Bridge. Once over the stile at point six, the views of the river are excellent. Please be aware that there are three stiles on this route.


Allow between an hour and an hour and a half to complete the walk at a leisurely pace.    


The nearest are the Butchers Arms at West Halton. There are also pubs in Winterton or Burton Stather.


There are no public toilets on this route. Pubs will likely have their own facilities for patrons.


OS Explorer 281 Ancholme Valley.   

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