Friday, 6 May 2022

The Nev Cole Way. Stages 2a and 2b

 Our second session on the Nev Cole Way today.  As there were 6 of us involved in the second half of the walk it involved 3 vehicles and some serious car shuffling.  We split the walk into 2 in order to miss out a couple of miles of very busy road past Reed's Island and South Ferriby Sluice where the off-rad path has been closed.  The first stint of 3.5 miles took us from Whitton to Wintringham and then, after regrouping and collecting our extra personnel, the second section was from South Ferriby to The Sloop at Barton, reversing the start of the Viking Way and passing the LWT reserve of Far Ings.  I again found these sections interesting and enjoyable, being particularly fascinated by the large reed beds.  Although not birding as such, I heard whitethroat, willow warbler, chiffchaff, blackcap and green woodpecker and we had excellent views of three marsh harriers over the reedbeds.  Walking past Far Ings the call of a cetti's warbler exploded from the undergrowth.  These secretive warblers seem particularly common this year.  The sloop, despite a change of ownership, came up to expectations on both the beer and food front.

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