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Water's Edge and Barton Claypits Walk

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The area between the old Georgian market town of Barton-upon-Humber and the Humber itself is characterised by a large number of ponds (or 'claypits'). These, as their name suggests) are the result of clay extraction for the brick and tile industry which once dominated the area. In fact, this walk takes us past the one remaining tile works. A new park has recently been opened (Water's Edge), which encompasses a large part of this wetlands area.

The walk itself starts within a stone's throw of the impressive span of the Humber Bridge and our first port of call is the newly opened Water's Edge Visitor Centre. There's plenty for the kids to do here, but adults too will enjoy the interactive displays showing information about the local flora and fauna. There's also a café here, should you want to enjoy a pre-walk coffee.

Next, we follow a long boardwalk that takes us over one of the large claypits and then meander among others as far as the Humber Bank. A short walk along the embankment, passing the remaining tile works, takes us out of the park to the larger claypits. One of these is home to a local sailing club and on a good sailing day, many small vessels will be out on the water.

We return through Water's Edge via a more wooded area, characterised by smaller, more secluded claypits tucked away among the young trees. If you take a couple of slices of bread, the ducks, I'm sure, would be delighted. You may wish to conclude your walk with a visit to The Ropewalk (arts and crafts). This is at the far end of the car park (from the entrance) and to the left.

There are no dog-unfriendly stiles en route, but dog-walkers are asked to keep their dogs on a lead in the park itself, mainly due to the local birdlife.

Useful Websites:
http://www.watersedgecountrypark.org/
http://www.the-ropewalk.com/

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