Saturday, March 28, 2020


A public footpath in Brigg - closed for several months - has re-opened and is well worth a visit. Under Coronavirus emergency measures introduced by the government, people are permitted one period of daily exercise.  So here's a suggestion which will allow you to keep clear of other people...
Public Footpath 30 is a mile-long path running from Bridge Street, adjoining Cake Mills Bridge and close to the Aldi store construction site.
This path - very wide for much of its length - follows the route of the New River Ancholme, goes under the railway bridge and concludes at Pool End where the Old and New rivers meet.
From this path you can see wildlife, fauna, boats and the Scawby Brook power stations.
The most interesting section is beyond the railway bridge.
Near a copse where the two rivers meet is a public bench, from which the Lincolnshire countryside can be admired.
How many Brigg people can say they've been to Pool End along Footpath 30?
This recommended walk is ideal for those wishing to exercise their dogs.
Public Footpath 30's suspension was sanctioned by North Lincolnshire Council last autumn "to facilitate safety improvements to the railway line" (not undertaken by the local authority).
The path was due to reopen to walkers in early February but the 'Footpath Closed' signs stayed up until a few weeks ago.
It had been stated that the reopening date might be varied to take account of what were called unforeseen circumstances.

The original railway bridge at this location, in the late 1840s, was built for the Manchester, Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railway under the direction of Sheffield-born engineer Sir John Fowler, later to be involved with the world famous Forth Bridge.

Pool End, where the Old River Ancholme, left, meets the New 'cut'. Clearly, you can't walk beyond this point!

The public bench at Pool End.

Two views of the railway bridge carrying the Brigg line over the New River Ancholme with evidence of recently added stones on the bank. Given its remote location, this feature of the iconic rail route is not often photographed.

The point on Bridge Street where the mile-long Pool End walk begins. The new Aldi store is taking shape in the distance.