GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Cleethorpes to Tetney Lock Walk

6 miles (10 km)

This circular walk takes you from the outskirts of Cleethorpes to Tetney Lock on the Louth Canal.
You'll pass along the coast and the Tetney Marshes Nature Reserve where there's lots of coastal wildlife to look out for. The reserve is run by the RSPB and includes coastal mudflats, salt marsh, dunes and saline lagoons. Look out for little terns, redshanks and reed buntings as you make your way along the path.
You can start the walk from the public car park at Humberston Fitties, just south of the Pleasure Island amusements. From here you can pick up a footpath heading south east along the coast towards Tetney Haven. Here you pick up the canal and follow it west to Tetney Lock.
After admiring the lock you can then follow other inland footpaths north back to the car park.

Cleethorpes to Tetney Lock Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

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The Crown & Anchor pub is in a splendid location next to the lock. They do very good food and also have a nice garden area for warmer days. You can find the pub at a postcode of DN36 5UW for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The area makes for a fine dog walk and the Crown and Anchor pub mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just to the north you'll find Cleethorpes Country Park where there's a lovely lake and some good footpaths to try. The peaceful woodland trails at Weelsby Woods are also nearby.
At the lock you can also pick up the Louth Canal and follow it south towards the tranquil Covenham Reservoir.
Also nearby is Weelsby Woods. This popular park has some nice surfaced footpaths taking you to mature trees, woodland, and large grassy areas.
The Grimsby Walk starts from the train station in the town and visits the interesting National Fishing Heritage Centre at Alexandra Dock. The museum transports you back in time to the 1950’s heyday of this famous port.
If you head a few miles west you could pick up the Wanderlust Way around the little village of Barnoldby le Beck. The 20 mile circular walk explores the Lincolnshire Wolds and includes views of the Humber Estuary.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Lincolnshire Walks page.


Buck beck flowing onto the beach near Cleethorpes - - 1296741

Buck beck flowing onto the beach near Cleethorpes The beck flows past Pleasure Island amusement park.

Mudflats at Humberston Fitties - - 1205164

Mudflats at Humberston Fitties View towards the pillar and a beached keelboat.

Tetney Lock - - 71095

Tetney Lock. Where the Louth canal empties into Tetney Haven, a popular haunt for anglers.

Weir, Tetney Lock - - 456868

Weir, Tetney Lock

RSPB Tetney Marshes - - 816649

RSPB Tetney Marshes entrance. Another board provides the following information: The nature reserve covers over 1,500 hectares of coastal mudflats, saltmarsh, sand dunes and saline lagoons at the mouth of the Humber estuary. The saltmarsh supports an important population of breeding redshanks, along with many pairs of skylarks and reed buntings. Thousands of ducks, geese and wading birds feed and roost on the mudflats from midsummer until spring. Birds of prey such as peregrines and merlins hunt over the reserve in winter. Fitties Lagoon is home to the nationally rare lagoon sand shrimp. Blue sea lavender flowers on the saltmarsh in summer.

Tetney Marshes - - 816682

Sand dunes at Tetney Marshes nature reserve, looking out towards the Humber estuary. In the distance can be seen the two sand forts, the nearer one Haile, close to the centre of the picture, with the more distant Bull to its left. Also on the horizon are various ships at anchor, waiting for the tide before proceeding up the Humber to Grimsby, Immingham and Hull.

Lagoons, Tetney Marshes nature reserve - - 816662

Lagoons, Tetney Marshes nature reserve. Beyond the thousands of caravans and holiday homes along the coast south of Cleethorpes is the RSPB reserve at Tetney Marshes. It is worth making one's way slowly through the tourist reserves to reach this interesting and varied habitat of many different species of birds and other wildlife.

Humberston Fitties - - 239957

Humberston Fitties. Great British holiday homes at Humberston Fitties conservation area. A unique 'plot land' development of holiday chalets which began at the end of the First World War. The chalets are mainly timber construction with some concrete panelled ones introduced in the 1950's & 1960's. There is a simple road system, no lighting and an open aspect, which is complemented by picket fencing only a metre high. The Area is adjacent to the beach and was reclaimed from marshland, which results in a high water table and is further subject to possible flooding. Occupation is only allowed for 10 months from 1st March.


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