The Humber Estuary Nature Reserves

The Humber Estuary reserves are a 30 minute drive from Canal Farm, and an exciting place to visit for nature lovers.

The Waters’ Edge Country Park and Visitors Centre

( at Barton upon Humber is an 86 acre site, with walkways amongst lakes fringed with reedbeds and surrounded by thousands of newly planted native trees. Waters’ Edge Country Park is home to an innovative wildlife surveillance network, the first of its kind in the country. The live images give a wonderful insight into the secret world of the wildlife in the park.

The most spectacular views of the Humber Bridge can be seen from the viewing point near Waters’ Edge, which is the starting point for long distance walks along the estuary.

While in Barton Upon Humber, why not visit the amazing Ropewalk Art Gallery and Museum. ( Ropewalk Contemporary Art & Craft is a regionally acclaimed centre for the visual arts housing three galleries within a Grade II listed former rope factory.

The Ropewalk is situated slightly to the east of the Humber Bridge, on the southern bank of the River Humber. Stretching out towards the bank, at almost a quarter of a mile long, The Ropewalk was initially part of a rope making factory; opening in 1801, the factory eventually closed in 1989.

Facilities include a bespoke picture framing department, a print making workshop, artists studios and meeting rooms available for outside lets. 2006 saw the addition of a number of new attractions including the Garden Gallery, Coffee Shop and Ropery Hall - a venue for live music, theatre & cinema.

The Far Ings National Nature Reserve ( – has a splendid new visitor centre. Set amongst freshwater lakes in the old claypits there are areas of reedbeds, meadows and hawthorn scrub providing habitat for many varieties of birds and small mammals.