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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 May open an email client if one is installed). Or click here to view maps of walks around Winterton Opens in a new window .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.