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Places of Interest
Winterton lies within easy reach of some of the best attractions and beautiful landscapes in England so if you’re looking for a great day out, we’ve listed some of our ideas below. Please share your favourite places with us so that we may build up a good selection of walks and places to see and visit (articles and/or photographs to firstname.lastname@example.org). Or click here to view maps of walks around Winterton.
Barton Upon Humber
Humber Bridge Viewing area – There is a small environmental walk around some ponds here, you can do them at a leisurely stroll and it will take you about 45 minutes. There’s also the Water’s Edge Visitors Centre, and the walk around there. It’s worth a visit as it has started to develop and get established now.
Bempton is a well known breeding area for lots of sea birds. This lovely cliff walk takes you along towards Filey, or Thornwick Bay. There are lots of birds nesting along here from Spring time and one or two viewing areas too where you can see Puffin, Razorbills, Gannits, and a variety of other sea birds. Certain times of the year you will also see short eared owls looking for food in the early evening.
This has become very commercialised, but still very popular with families. The walk from the abbey up river, through the trees is very pretty. You can walk for about 3 miles down one side of the river, across a bridge and down the other side. You will see lots of different birds, and there is a lovely café which sells cakes and tea. Some people swim in the river or take a dinghy, but the river is fast flowing, and can be deep in places and dangerous so please be careful, and keep your dinghy on a rope.
There are several tracks through here, but great for dogs, as they can be let off the lead, but know where they are so that you don’t upset the gamekeepers. Most of the tracks are through trees and its very pretty. Tip: Gnats in the evening, so cover your arms and legs.
Castle Howard is about 2 hours from Winterton and is a magnificent 18th-century residence set within 1,000 acres of breathtaking Yorkshire landscape. It is one of the largest houses in the country and everything about it is on the grandest scale Visit and enjoy world-renowned collections, stunning architecture and inspiring family stories. Relax amid idyllic gardens, enjoy woodland and lakeside walks, or encourage younger ones to let off steam on the adventure playground.
Castleton is in the Peak District and that is another lovely little village with lots of pubs, cream tea shops, the famous Blue John Mine, Speedwell Cavern, and Mam Tor. Mam Tor is quite a steep hill, which lots and lots of people like to trek up. To get to Castleton, you would turn left at the traffic lights just past the Ladybower Inn, and carry on towards the Hope Valley – you will pass the Yorkshire Bridge on this road. The road carries on through a couple of villages, and eventually comes to a T junction. Turn Right at the T junction towards Hope and Castleton. It’s about 5 miles from the Ladybower Inn.
Chatsworth in Derbyshire is lovely, it will cost around £10 per adult to get into the gardens, but it’s worth the money for a day out Take a walk on the wild side around the top of the gardens from the famous Cascade (a tiered steps waterfall) and you will come across some lovely covered seating areas. There is also a maze which is good fun and if you haven’t been around the house, it’s definitely worth a visit, but costs extra. Lovely estate at which to spend a day. Pay one price at the gate. They often have garden parties and entertainment on the lawn.
It’s a lovely day out for the family, from Winterton it will take you about 45 mins to an hour. You can go through Gainsborough and Retford, but we usually go straight down the M180 M 18 and onto the A1 it takes you straight there and you come off at junction A614 to Nottingham or Ollerton, and 1/4 mile towards Nottingham your there. Take a pack up as the cafe is expensive. It is National Trust property, so you ll get in free if your a member £4.50 for your car if not. But its worth it, there is often cricket on each weekend, its a lovely 2 hour ramble around the lake, you will see lots of Birds – wildlife very pretty walk, and on the flat, not too strenuous. There are often outdoor concerts here, and if you haven’t visited the church go in. It’s beautiful, lots of lovely carvings, nice to sit and contemplate for 20 mins.
At Elsham Hall there is an arboretum, an outdoor wild butterfly garden, animal farm, adventure playground, carp & trout lakes and many other attractions. The walled garden is a magnificent 4-acre site which has been excitingly re-landscaped. There is a sensory garden, great drifts of bulbs and wild flowers, vistas, a one world garden, paddocks for the little brown sheep, a huge viewing mound, dramatic aviaries, a guinea pig village, sculpture and living willow features. Elsham is situation just two miles from the M180/A180 interchange at Barnetby Top (M180, Jct 5) and only three miles from the railway station in Barnetby. We are also just eight miles south of the Humber Bridge.
Fairholmes and Wyn Hill - Peak District
Fairholmes is in the Peak District off the A57 which is the road which runs from Sheffield to Glossop and Manchester. It takes about 1 hour 10 minutes to get there but there are some lovely pubs nearby that serve great food and allow children. Notably, the Ladybower Inn and the Yorkshire Bridge – both at the side of the Ladybower Reservoir.
Wyn Hill overlooks the Ladybower Reservoir, and is a steep climb, but well worth it when you get to the top as the views are amazing. There are two ways up. Park near the Yorkshire Bridge Inn, there is ample parking around here and if you get there early enough you won’t have to pay. Staff at both pubs will tell you how to get up Wyn Hill.
About half a mile past the Lady Bower Inn – there are some traffic lights and a viaduct. Carry straight on over the Viaduct, and immediately turn right down the side of the Derwent Reservoir. Carry on about 3 miles to the Fairholmes Picnic area. There is a a visitor information centre, and you can hire bikes here, and buy food and drink. There are lots of lovely walks or you can sit and enjoy the view. Behind the Centre is the fantastic Derwent Dam.
Far Ings National Nature Reserve and Visitor Centre
Far Ings National Nature Reserve and Visitor Centre, near Barton upon Humber in North Lincolnshire, consist of over 180 acres of open water, reedbeds and meadow. The site originally formed part of the old clay pits from which clay was extracted in the late 19th century. When the works were abandoned in the early 20th century the pits gradually filled with water. This provided the basis for the colonisation by wetland plants and animals forming the habitats you see today.
Lots of rock pools, spectacular waves hit the rocks here, be careful too as the rocks get slippery when wet, best to walk along the beach and along the Brigg End – which is a collection of rocks which go right out to sea. Often see seals here to but keep your distance as they can bite.
A lovely coast line for looking in rock pools, lots of crabs and little fish. Quite a steep climb.
South Ferriby - Ferriby Chequers
This is a lovely walk for an hour or so. Drive into Ferriby, and as you near the bottom of Barton/Ferriby hill, there is a little slip road to the left, just veer off and park on the verge. As you walk along the limestone track you will see the Humber – and the limestone cliffs. There is a seat at the top, you will see lots of wild flowers that grow well in this environment, and the beach below is white pebbles. When the tide is high, its really pretty and a nice little walk. Tip – if the tide is low and you have dogs with you, keep them on a lead as beyond the pebbles is a lot of mud, and if your dogs get in there, they ll be really caked up. But worth an evening stroll.
Ingleton - The Waterfall Walk
It will cost you about £5 to park your car, this is a beautiful walk, it involves a gradual climb for about 2 miles up the side of waterfalls. Wear appropriate footwear, you will not do this walk unless you have comfy walking shoes. It opens out at the top to a big waterfall, and somewhere to buy tea and cake. How they get supplies up there beats me, but the tea is most welcome after the walk if you havent taken your own. You follow the track up over the moors towards the right, by pass a farm yard, cross a road, through another field, and follow the other waterfalls down for about 1 and half mile into the village of Ingleton. There are a couple Inns where you could stay and if you cant get in, there are caravan sites in the area an B and B. The walk is absolutely lovely and well worth the car journey and trek! This is a 2 hours drive from Winterton.
Julian's Bower - Alkborough
Julian’s Bower at Alkborough is a fine example of a turf-cut maze and stands on a hillside overlooking the rivers Ouse and Trent. It was first recorded in 1697 by Abraham de la Pryme although nobody knows who originally created it. Alkborough is less than ten minute’s drive from Winterton and Julian’s Bower is accessible from Back Street. There is also a fine walk along the top from the maze to Burton-upon-Stather.
This is a two hour run in the car, from Winterton, and probably better enjoyed if you go up for the weekend. Its near Settle in North Yorkshire, but very pretty. There are lots of different walks around here, some very strenuous, and some of them involve actual climbing, but if you enjoy a bit of adventure its worth the visit. If you get to the top of Malham Cove you will do well, as it is a really steep climb up lots of steps!! Wear good comfy walking boots or footwear, you will not make it in court shoes or flip flops!!
The Harewood House estate, is a good day out – the house is well worth a visit as well as the grounds, and you can try traditional costume on including wigs down in the kitchens. The gardens include an aviary with lots of birds in well kept areas. There is a lake where you can go for a ride in a boat and a walled garden. They often have pop concerts here, so check on the internet or phone to make sure you wont be kicked out early on the day. Harewood House is about one and half hours from Winterton.
Twigmoor Woods is a nice place for short walks of about 45 minutes to an hour and half. Parking is easy but don’t leave anything valuable in the car. Two lakes in there and the flowers are lovely around May June time. Tip – can be boggy in places if there has been a lot of rain, so wear walking shoes, if you go in the evening, wrap up as there are plenty of gnats about and they do bite!!
Normanby Hall Museum & Country Park
The three hundred acres of Normanby Hall Country Park provides a perfect day out for all the family. Visit the beautiful Regency hall, learn about Lincolnshire’s rich rural heritage in the fascinating Farm Museum or just take a leisurely stroll around the stunning grounds and Victorian Walled Garden.
Waters' Edge Visitor Centre - Barton-upon-Humber
The Waters’ Edge Visitor’s Centre is at the edge of the Humber Estuary on Maltkin Road, Barton-upon-Humber. Admission to the park and visitor centre is free, with plenty of free car parking at the entrance to the Country Park. Waters’ Edge Country Park has two sites of special scientific interest and is home to rare birds, plants and animals. There are two well-equipped children’s play areas and a network of footpaths, through the meadow and woodland and across the reed beds and ponds.