With two long distance walks passing through the area there are plenty of opportunities for the keen walker to enjoy North Lincolnshire’s lush and varied countryside, from the rolling chalk of the Lincolnshire Wolds to the tranquil Ancholme Valley.
The Nev Cole Way
The Nev Cole Way starts in North Lincolnshire at Burton upon Stather and travels eastwards along the south bank of the Humber before leaving the area at North Killingholme.
This walk is 57 miles long and is linear starting at Burton upon Stather where it includes the beautiful scarp slope of the Jurassic Ridge overlooking the River Trent for some 3 miles until it joins the River Humber.
It then follows the south bank of the Humber, through Barton upon Humber to North Killingholme Haven, passing through a mixture of wild shoreline and controlled areas of natural beauty.
It follows a more inland route from East Halton to the outskirts of Grimsby where it turns inland along the River Freshney. It then passes through low lying farmland and gradually moves into the beautiful and gently sloping Lincolnshire Wolds, passing through several small Wolds villages to Nettleton.
The Viking Way
The Viking Way enters North Lincolnshire at Barton upon Humber after crossing the Humber Bridge. It then meanders it way southward across the region heading towards the city of Lincoln, from where it makes its way to Oakham in Rutland, its final destination.
This walk is 147 miles long and is linear starting at the Humber Bridge south bank viewing area from where it heads westwards along the Humber bank and passes underneath the bridge. Several access points give opportunities to visit the lakes and observation hides at Far Ings Nature Reserve.
It then continues through South Ferriby and up onto the chalk ridge of the Lincolnshire Wolds from where there are dramatic views of the River Humber, Reed’s Island, South Ferriby Marina and the Ancholme Valley.
It then leads down into Barnetby-le-Wold, a railway village from where this 14 mile section leaves North Lincolnshire and travels via Caistor, Lincoln, through the Vale of Belvoir, finishing at Oakham in Rutland.
The name of the route reflects the influence of Danelaw in the eastern counties of Britain and throughout its length the Viking Way logo of a Viking helmet appears on waymark signs. Appropriate Ordnance Survey maps together with a guide to the complete walk are available from Brigg Tourist Information Centre.