This cycle route, chosen as Stage 18 of the Sustrans Slow Tour of
Yorkshire, is from Barton-upon-Humber,
over the Humber
Bridge to the Humber Bridge Country Park, then along the
riverside path to North Ferriby. This is the Sustrans leaflet for the ride.
I was looking forward to this ride, but actually there are several
drawbacks, in particular the fact that you have to cycle very close
to a lot of fast-moving traffic. If you're interested in the bridge
itself, or you want to get across without paying a toll, it would be
worth using the path. As a leisure ride, I don't really recommend
Barton-upon-Humber to North Ferriby cycle route: map
The map shows the route from Barton-upon-Humber to North Ferriby in
Barton-upon-Humber to North Ferriby cycle route: route notes
Humber Bridge from Barton-upon-Humber
The route starts at the south, Barton-upon-Humber,
end of the Humber Bridge.
Sustrans suggest arriving at Barton-upon-Humber station. If you're
driving, there are plenty of free parking spaces on Far Ings Road,
or you could park at the Water's Edge Visitor Centre.
Black-tailed godwits near the Water's Edge Visitor Centre
If you're hiring a bike, there's a bike shop at the Old Chapel,
Waterside Road, near the junction with Far Ings Road.
Across the Humber Bridge
The Humber Bridge is instantly recognisable, and aesthetically
pleasing. Riding across it is a good opportunity to see it close up,
take some photos, and get views of the estuary from it.
The trouble is that there's an awful lot of traffic, very close by,
so it's noisy not relaxing. Worse, the path is set below the road,
so your head is just about at the level of vehicles' exhaust pipes,
and you get to breathe in all the noxious gases they emit.
It's great that a path was included when the bridge was built, and
it seems to be well used by locals and commuters, some perhaps
parking up on one side and using a bike to get across the bridge for
free. I doubt whether it is a good leisure ride, though.
There are lots and lots of signs reminding you that it's a shared
use path, but really, there shouldn't be any conflict. The path is
plenty wide enough for the amount of use it gets. Crossing it once
in each direction, I passed quite a few other people on bikes, and
just two on foot.
Humber Bridge Country Park to North Ferriby
At the north end of the bridge, there's a ramp down from the
bridge, that brings you to the edge of Humber Bridge Country Park.
You should normally be able to go east (follow cycling signs for
Route 65 Trans Pennine Trail, and Hessle), then you double back on
yourself, go under the bridge road, and follow the riverside route
towards North Ferriby. You'll pass the Black Mill and the Country Park Inn.
Black Mill and Country Park Inn
There's a nice bit of woodland just before you arrive in North
Ferriby, home to at least one green woodpecker.
Unfortunately, I couldn't go that way, because it was closed due to
repair work to the railway embankment. As a result, I had to follow
the other branch of Route 65, which skirts round the northern edge
of Humber Bridge Country Park on Ferriby Road. It takes you along
the pavement of the A15. There are several crossings of slip roads,
where there's lots of fast-moving traffic, and no help for people on
foot or bikes. There was also lots of gravel and broken glass under
my wheels. It was pretty awful. The pavement of Ferriby High Road is
shared use, and took me the final bit of the way to North Ferriby.
You can see the two branches of Route 65 on OpenCycleMap.
Sustrans recommend Ferriby's Coffee House, Low Street, North
Return by the way you came - along the river to the Humber Bridge
if you can.
All photos © Hedgehog Cycling
Barton-upon-Humber to North Ferriby cycle route: comments and
It was interesting to see the Humber Bridge close up, but the air
quality as you ride across it is disgusting and can't be good for
your health. It's great that they did build a shared use path, but a
shame that it puts you just at the right level to breathe in a
maximum of vehicle exhaust emissions. Not much can be done about
I think the nicest bit of the route would have been the riverside
ride to North Ferriby, but that was closed. The alternative (Route
65) is unpleasant and the road crossings are dangerous. The whole
thing was a bit of an ordeal. As a minimum, the local authority
could sweep away the gravel and broken glass from time to time, and
make proper provision for people to cross the busy roads.
Also, part-way along Route 65, a new section of the Bridgehead
business park is being built by Wykeland Group, and someone
(presumably the local authority highways department) has put up a
great big END OF ROUTE and CYCLISTS DISMOUNT sign. It's total
nonsense, because the route doesn't end, and there's no need at all
to dismount. It is the sort of brainless signage you would only get
on a cycle route. It should be taken down.