Line Guide



Barton is a historic town, close to the Humber Bridge, with a variety of Georgian and Victorian buildings and two notable churches - St Mary’s, which dates from the twelfth century and St Peter’s.


The town offers a choice of accommodation, restaurants, pubs and shops.

There are many scenic walks along the Humber estuary with a National nature reserve at Far Ings and the recently opened Waters Edge Country park and nature reserve.

From Barrow Haven and New Holland there are riverside walks and extensive views of the Humber Bridge.  From Goxhill you can take a country walk to Thornton Abbey and its station.

The imposing medieval gatehouse of Thornton Abbey stands east of the station and inside the grounds are the Augustinian ruins, a pleasant backdrop for a picnic.

The line then passes through Ulceby where the busy freight line to Immingham docks crosses.  At Habrough it joins the mainline from Scunthorpe to Cleethorpes and passes through the villages of Stallingborough, Healing and Great Coates before entering the the bustling town and fishing port of Grimsby.

The busy shopping centre of Grimsby also includes Freshney Place which has a good and varied selection of shops and nearby are attractions such as the renowned Fishing Heritage Centre with its fishing trawler or the Paddle Steamer ’Lincoln Castle’ formerly a ferry on the New Holland - Hull route.

Cleethorpes is a thriving beach resort with miles of safe sandy beaches.  A short walk along the promenade brings you to the leisure centre, Pleasure Island theme park and the Cleethorpes Light Railway - a steam operated narrow gauge line.  Back along the seafront there are a good selection of shops, restaurants and pubs and some renowned and award winning fish and chip restaurants.

Cleethorpes location at the mouth of the Humber Estuary makes it a haven for seabirds and is also a good place to watch the ships and ferries making their way in and out of the Humber. 

West of the town this stretch of coastline is renowned for its rich variety of wildlife and is a regular haunt of birdwatchers.

The slide show below is a photographic record of the line taken in 1980 by Ronald Sparkes and is copyright to him.