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From: Hope and Anchor, BlacktoftTo: Kings Head, Barmby on the Marsh14.4 miles23.2 km5m ascent5m descent
ThumbnailThe Way hugs the banks of the Ouse leaving Blacktoft and passing Yokefleet, often on the top of the flood bank, before arriving at the pretty village Saltmarshe. There's a footpath following the river bank out of the village, but make sure you turn right on the road away from the river, past Saltmarshe Hall, to cut off a big loop where the river meanders around Goole on the other bank. In lovely rural landscape we eventually under the railway and rejoin the river by a bridge, then we head north through Skelton village alongside the river again, although the river itself is scarcely visible because of the flood barrier. Just follow the river bank, with a slight diversion at the highly ambitious name of Kilpin Pike, and pass under the M62 motorway before arriving at the impressive Boothferry Bridge. There's a pub here, the Ferry Boat Inn, which has been closed but has recently reopened and is welcoming to walkers. You won't find real ale here, and the menu is limited to a carvery for the incredible price of a fiver, but on a long trek no walker can be too picky. We're now on the northern bank of the Ouse, which we follow past the huge Drax power station on the opposite bank. Keep going past the remains of a bridge on the Hull-Barnsley (yes, my home town!) railway all the way to Barmby Barrage where the Derwent flows into the Ouse. The Derwent is an interesting river, as its source is up on Fylingdales Moor near the east coast, and river heads for the sea near Scarborough before being forced south through Forge Valley, which appeared as the last ice age came to an end. The village of Barmby is blocked on 2 sides by the rivers, but there's a nice gastro-pub - the Kings Head - in the centre, although it's not open on Mondays and on some weekday lunchtimes. Once again, accommodation is difficult here, so my advice would be to try to find somewhere around Selby for tonight and tomorrow, and ask nicely for a lift back to your walk. For campers, the lock-keeper at Barmby Barrage is very amenable and may allow a wild camp for the night if you ask nicely in advance, like I did. If you want to take advantage of this, write to Martin Taylor at Barmby Tidal Barrage, Barmby on the Marsh, Goole, DN14 7HX.
Bus LogoBlacktoft: Howden: Goole: Barmby on the MarshBeer LogoFerry Boat Inn, Boothferry: Kings Head, Barmby
Train LogoSaltmarshe: Goole: Howden: WressleBed LogoSelby
Car LogoBlacktoft: Saltmarshe: Skelton: Boothferry: Barmby on the MarshTent LogoBarmby Barrage (wild)
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