Alkborough Flats Circular Walk is a 3.6 mile loop trail located near Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, England that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Distance: 3.6 miles Elevation Gain: 301 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly


nature trips


bird watching



A walk from Alkborough village in North Lincolnshire, down to the Flats, a flood plain at the confluence of the River Trent and River Ouse as they flow into the Humber. The river embankments were deliberately breached in 2006 as part of the flood defences for East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. The area is a haven for wildlife and ideal for bird watching with Egrets, Shell Ducks, Reed Buntings and Swans all in evidence. The walk is mainly on level ground with one steep climb back up to Alkborough. The walk also includes Julian's Bower, a fine example of a turf cut maze thought to have been created by 13th century monks. The maze design can also be seen in the church porch in Alkborough. There are no stiles but a few kissing gates.

Muddy patches with some flooded public paths, but there was other routes that could be taken

4 months ago

This was a very pretty walk, although as of January 2020 many parts of the walk were shin height under water.

8 months ago

This is a lovely walk the views are great, very dog friendly in September.

Thu Dec 27 2018

very enjoyable walk, bit muddy in places in December but not a problem with boots on. plenty of birds to see, even saw an eagle

7 months ago

9 months ago