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Alkborough Flats

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Alkborough Flats
Author: blackcoffee, Published: 29 May 2012 Walk rating : Rating:star1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
Lincolnshire,
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Alkborough Flats
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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A four mile walk from Alkborough village in North Lincolnshire, down to the Flats, a flood plain at the confluence of the River Trent and River Ouse as they flow into the Humber. The river embankmants were deliberately breached in 2006 as part of the flood defences for East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. The area is a haven for wildlife and ideal for bird watching with Egrets, Shell Ducks, Reed Buntings and Swans all in evidence.
The walk is mainly on level ground with one steep climb back up to Alkborough.
The walk also includes Julian's Bower, a fine example of a turf cut maze thought to have been created by 13th century monks. The maze design can also be seen in the church porch in Alkborough. There are no stiles but a few kissing gates.

The walk starts in Alkborough North Lincolnshire DN15 9JN. Parking is available at the side of the road on Bank Street or in The Paddocks car park if you are to take refreshment there before or after the walk.

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Walk Sections

Start to Top of lane
Start to Top of lane

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Continue along Back Street in a northerly direction and walk down to the church and across the grass path keeping the church to your right. When you reach the tarmac lane turn left.

Top of lane to Junction
Top of lane  to Junction

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At the top of the hill on the left there is a brick built structure to collect spring water which was used to water cattle. Continue down this lane to the bottom of the hill where a cross road of paths meet. You will see a car park on the left of the lane which can be used by those wishing to shorten the walk and avoid the hill.

Junction to Embankment
Junction to Embankment

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Continue straight ahead down the well marked path passing a hide on your right. The main flood plain is to your right.

Embankment to Hide overlooking river
Embankment  to Hide overlooking river

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At the embankment turn right to visit the hide overlooking the river confluence. To your right is the Humber and to your left the Trent.

Hide overlooking river to SP Alkborough 1m
Hide overlooking river to SP Alkborough 1m

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Retrace your steps along the embankment keeping the river on your right until you reach a sign post marked Alkborough 1mile. Turn left to Alkborough.

SP Alkborough 1m to SP Alkborough 3/4m
SP Alkborough 1m to SP Alkborough 3/4m

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The path ahead can be muddy and you may avoid this by taking a slight detour along the raised bank to your left which then rejoins the footpath later. Continue straight ahead until the wide path bends to your right. Take the path on your left marked by a sign post Alkborough 3/4 mile. Sheep can be in the area so please keep any dogs under control.

SP Alkborough 3/4m to Drain
SP Alkborough 3/4m to Drain

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Follow the way markers left and right over the drain.

Drain to Hard Footpath
Drain to Hard Footpath

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Follow the way markers keeping close to the fence on your right and watch for the start of the hard footpath on your right.

Hard Footpath to Julian's Bower 1/4m

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Continue along this footpath to a signpost indicating Alkborough and Julian's Bower to your right and up the hill. For those who parked at the bottom of the lane continue straight on.

Julian's Bower 1/4m to Julian's bower
Julian's Bower 1/4m to Julian's bower

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The path winds up the hill through kissing gates and through fields ( usually with livestock) to the top of the hill. Julian's Bower is to your right. The maze also provides an excellent view point as far as York on a clear day.

Julian's bower to End
Julian's bower to End

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Retrace your steps to the top of the footpath and onto the road. Turn right to return to The Paddocks.

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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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View from Back Street to the Church
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