Industry and Nature in Harmony

New Humber Heritage Trail between Barton and Barrow launches

New Humber Heritage Trail between Barton and Barrow launches

A scenic nature trail along the Humber bank is now officially open thanks to funding from Wren Kitchens and Barrow Parish Council.

The Barton and Barrow Claypits Heritage Trail developed by Humber Nature Partnership starts at Waters’ Edge Visitor Centre in Barton-upon-Humber and follows a five-mile route along the coastal path to Barrow Haven before returning via the Waters’ Edge Country Park. Walkers will learn about the local history of the nineteenth century brick and tile manufacturing on the south bank and how, after the industry went into decline, the claypits have become internationally important habitats for bird species such as bitterns and marsh harriers.

Artwork for the walk which is incorporated into both the trail leaflet and the marker points along the trail was designed by local artist Cheryl Cullingford a former student at Grimsby Institute – her stunning watercolour designs were chosen at an art exhibition held at the Waters’ Edge Visitor Centre.

HNP Manager, Darren Clarke, said: “After two years of planning and sourcing funding, it’s fantastic to see this project finally come to fruition. We’re really grateful to the project partners for providing the resources needed to allow this project to happen. This includes both cash contributions and assistance with the design elements of the trail by local media students. It will benefit the wellbeing of residents and visitors and it will encourage people to understand, protect and value our rich local heritage. The walk has great views over the estuary and we hope that both local people and those from further afield will enjoy learning about the area’s little known heritage. We’re pleased to be able to officially launch the trail just in time for the school summer holidays.”

A Wren Kitchens spokesperson said: “We’re delighted to invest in this exciting community project that will be enjoyed by many for years to come. Visitors of all ages will be able to admire the views of the Humber whilst learning about the local fascinating heritage as well as an abundance of wildlife.”

Click here to learn more about the trail.

21 July 2021 by Darren Clarke

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