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Viewing platform overlooking the large lake at the RSPB Fairburn Ings Nature Reserve
Viewing platform overlooking the large lake at the RSPB Fairburn Ings Nature Reserve

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Route No. 715 - Saturday 7 April 2018
Fairburn Ings Visitor Centre, Ledsham, Holy Rood La,
Fairburn, Fairburn Ings Nature Reserve circuit - 8km
Castleford . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer 289 Leeds


Reed beds at the entrance to the RSPB nature Reserve at Fairburn Ings
Reed beds at the entrance to the RSPB nature Reserve at Fairburn Ings

Setting off from the car park at Fairburn Ings
Setting off from the car park at Fairburn Ings

Path across the land to the next minor road
Path across the land to the next minor road

We set off from the Visitor Centre car park and crossed the road at the car park exit to a path opposite. We crossed the neck of land between two minor roads to cross the second road.

This morning my wife & I met a group of friends at the Fairburn Ings Visitor Centre, map ref. SE 450 277, for our usual monthly walk. This month's walk was led by our friend Geoff.

Crossing the road from the car park at Fairburn Ings
Crossing the road from the car park at Fairburn Ings

Crossing the second minor road to the path opposite
Crossing the second minor road to the path opposite

Path called Newfield Lane along the edge of a woodland plantation
Path called Newfield Lane along the edge of a woodland plantation

Following Newfield Lane northwards towards Ledsham
Following Newfield Lane northwards towards Ledsham

Newfield Lane passing through farmland near Ledsham
Newfield Lane passing through farmland near Ledsham

About 1km from the road we reached the end of the woodland and continued along a track between the fields. About 700m from the end of the woodland we came to the edge of Ledsham village.

We continued northwards along the edge of some woodland on our left and arable farm land on our right. The track along the edge of the wood is called Newfield Lane. Ahead of us and to our right we could see a small hill called Mill Hill.

Following Newfield Lane northwards towards Ledsham
Following Newfield Lane northwards towards Ledsham

Newfield Lane at the edge of Ledsham
Newfield Lane at the edge of Ledsham

Newfield Lane entering Ledsham village
Newfield Lane entering Ledsham village

Following Newfield Lane down to the parish church
Following Newfield Lane down to the parish church

Leaving Ledsham along Holy Rood Lane
Leaving Ledsham along Holy Rood Lane

We continued around a bend in the road to head east out of the village. The street eastwards out of the village is called Holy Rood Lane.

We continued along the track to a housing estate road that took us into the village by the village church of All Saints. We crossed the road to the church entrance and followed the footway along the village street.

Crossing the road in front of the church
Crossing the road in front of the church

Leaving Ledsham along Holy Rood Lane
Leaving Ledsham along Holy Rood Lane

Leaving the right hand side of Holy Rood Lane to follow a public footpath across the fields
Leaving the right hand side of Holy Rood Lane to follow a public footpath across the fields

Footpath along a farm track past mature beech trees
Footpath along a farm track past mature beech trees

Nearing Wormstall Wood along th farm track
Nearing Wormstall Wood along th farm track

Violets by the path in the wood
Violets by the path in the wood

We passed a row of tall beech trees and came to a gateway into the next field. We continued across the field to the edge of Wormstall Wood and followed the path along the edge of the wood to a stile out into the next field.

About 300m from the church the road bends left but we kept straight on off the right hand side of the road to join a footpath along a farm track. We followed the farm track as it bent to the right.

Continuing along the farm track into the next field
Continuing along the farm track into the next field

The track through Wormstall Wood
The track through Wormstall Wood

The track through Wormstall Wood
The track through Wormstall Wood

Stile leaving Wormstall Wood
Stile leaving Wormstall Wood

Crossing the field with Wormstall Wood away to our left
Crossing the field with Wormstall Wood away to our left

Leaving Wormstall Wood behind to climb Lambkin Hill
Leaving Wormstall Wood behind to climb Lambkin Hill

Following the track over Lambkin Hill
Following the track over Lambkin Hill

The path became a farm track and we followed it up Lambkin Hill. On top of the hill we came to a wooden gate and beyond the gate we entered a fenced path.

We walked across the field for about 300m to a kissing gate into a narrow arm of Wormstall Wood. We crossed this belt of trees and out through another kissing gate into another field.

About to cross a narrow arm of Wormstall Wood
About to cross a narrow arm of Wormstall Wood

Following the track up Lambkin Hill
Following the track up Lambkin Hill

The track next to Caudle Hill Plantation
The track next to Caudle Hill Plantation

Following the track towards Fairburn village
Following the track towards Fairburn village

Fenced path leading to Beckfield Lane at Fairburn
Fenced path leading to Beckfield Lane at Fairburn

Turning right down Cut Road from Caudle Hill in Fairburn
Turning right down Cut Road from Caudle Hill in Fairburn

We walked down Cut Road to its end, about 200m, where it became a rough track and a little further on there was a steel gate across the track at what I presume is the boundary of the RSPB reserve of Fairburn Ings.

The fenced path led us into in track called Beckfield Lane heading down a slope to a road called Caudle Hill. We were now in Fairburn. We walked along Caudle Hill for about 200m and there turned right into Cut Road.

Joining Caudle Hill from Beckfield Lane in Fairburn
Joining Caudle Hill from Beckfield Lane in Fairburn

Heading for Fairburn Ings from Cut Road
Heading for Fairburn Ings from Cut Road

Kissing gate into the RSPB nature reserve
Kissing gate into the RSPB nature reserve


Pony waiting for the rain to stop

Looking across the large lake in the drizzle
Looking across the large lake in the drizzle

Track towards the River Aire after our lunch at the hide
Track towards the River Aire after our lunch at the hide

There was a very pleasant view of a lake and the water fowl on it. After our lunch we continued along the track to the River Aire at map ref. SE 467 272. To our left we could see Aire Bridge carrying the railway line over the River Aire.

We passed through a kissing gate at the side of the main gate and continued along the track to a bird watching hide to the left of the track. We sat in the hide for our lunch away from the drizzle.

The old Fairburn Cut on our left & the large lake on our right
The old Fairburn Cut on our left & the large lake on our right

One of several grebes we saw on the lake
One of several grebes we saw on the lake

Arriving at the River Aire
Arriving at the River Aire

Aire Bridge carrying the railway line over the River Aire
Aire Bridge carrying the railway line over the River Aire

Turning right onto the path between the R. Aire & the lake
Turning right onto the path between the R. Aire & the lake

Heron on the lakeside spotted by Peter
Heron on the lakeside spotted by Peter

After a few hundred metres we came to a view point and shelter looking out over an island in the lake to Fairburn village. We paused there to enjoy the view before continuing along the public footpath.

Here we turned right and followed a public footpath along the top of a narrow ridge between the River Aire on our left and the lakes of Fairburn Ings on our right.

Path along the embankment between the river & the lake
Path along the embankment between the river & the lake

View point overlooking the lake
View point overlooking the lake

The River Aire below the path on our left
The River Aire below the path on our left

Continuing along the path from the view point
Continuing along the path from the view point

We walked round the visitor centre past a bird feeding station where there we numerous gold finches amongst the birds feeding there. From the Visitor Centre we returned to the car park and the end of our walk. The whole route had been 8km and it had taken us almost three hours to walk including our lunch stop.

After a few more hundred metres we turned right off the public footpath following the signed path through the nature reserve back towards the Visitor Centre. The path took us on fenced walkways over pools and reed beds ending at the side of the visitor centre.

Holes in this screen view a pool used by kingfishers
Holes in this screen view a pool used by kingfishers

Walkway across the wetlands
Walkway across the wetlands

Frog sculpture by the path
Frog sculpture by the path

Walkway back to the visitor centre
Walkway back to the visitor centre

Returning to the visitor centre
Returning to the visitor centre

Looking back to the visitor centre from the car park at the end of our walk
Looking back to the visitor centre from the car park at the end of our walk

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