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Goole and Howdenshire Area Walks

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W26 - Strolls from Barmby-on-the-Marsh
Walk Name
Strolls from Barmby-on-the-Marsh

Explore the confluence of the river Ouse and the river Derwent.

Circular Walk
Walk Type
  • Easy Walks
Ordnance Survey Explorer Map
Car Parking Facility
Yorkshire Water car park at Barmby Barrage
Pub and shop in Barmby-on-the-Marsh
Public Conveniences
In the car park at the Barrage, or Howden
Distance (Miles)
Distance (Kilometres)
  • Barmby-on-the-Marsh is sandwiched between the river Ouse and the river Derwent, and is accessed by only one road.  It was once a small but busy port with wharves and a sailcloth industry.  It is now a quiet, mainly agricultural community.
  • Your walk follows the banks of the Derwent, then field edge paths and tracks to the Ouse floodbank, before returning to the car park and picnic area.
  • The river banks are always full of interest, as are the quiet tracks between the rivers.  The map shows two shortcuts in case you do not want to walk the full six miles.
Start Point
End Point
Towns & Villages
ParishBarmby on the Marsh
Start Easting
Start Northing
End Easting
End Northing
Further Information
Features of Interest
-  Look out for Barmby Barrage where the water level in the River Derwent is controlled.  You will also see Drax Power Station on the opposite bank of the Ouse.
Accessibility Information
This route:- 
-  is relatively flat. 
-  contains a mixture of stiles and gates. 
-  may involve walking through fields with livestock. 
-  contains surfaces which can be boggy in wet weather. 
Additional Information
-  The source of the river Derwent is in the North York Moors and it flows for 75 miles (120 kilometres) through Malton and Stamford Bridge to the river Ouse. 
-  In the early 18th century several locks were constructed to make the river navigable upstream to Malton.  The present tidal barrage at Barmby was to make possible the greater extraction of water at the new waterworks which can be seen to the north of the village.  55,000 cubic metres a day are taken out, with a further 182,000 taken at Elvington further up river.  The water is pumped to East, South and West Yorkshire.  In all the Derwent supplies about 1/6 of of the population of Yorkshire and drains 1/10 of the area. 
-  The Ouse on the other hand is made up of a number of rivers flowing from the Pennines and through the Yorkshire Dales.  The main use of the river today is by pleasure craft although it was used by the Romans as a major route to York. In 1066 500 Viking ships sailed upriver to do battle with King Harold at Stamford Bridge.  Only 20 ships sailed out again.