GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Hatfield Moors Walks

17 miles (28 km)

This expansive site of Special Scientific Interest is a great place for walks and wildlife. The area is located just a few miles east of Doncaster River in South Yorkshire.
This walk on the moors explores the Humberhead Peatlands National Nature Reserve before picking up a section of the Peatlands Way and following it to the nearby village of Epworth. The area is wonderful for bird watching with species including Nightjars, Grey Partrige and Corn Bunting. Around the wetland areas there's also lots of wildfowl including Ringed Plover, Crane and Snipe to see.
The walk starts at the car park for the Humberhead Peatlands National Nature Reserve. You can explore the wetlands and wildlife of the reserve on a series of waymarked trails before picking up the waymarked Peatlands Way on the eastern fringes. Follow the trail east and it will take you along the River Torne towards Wroot and the Epworth Turbury Nature Reserve. Shortly after you arrive at Epworth village on the Isle of Axholme. You can enjoy some refreshment here before returning to the reserve.
To continue your walking on the moors head north to pick up the Keadby Canal. There's some pleasant grassy footpaths along the canal which runs along the northern edge of the moors. thorne moors walks - 20

Postcode

DN7 6BF - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Hatfield Moors OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Hatfield Moors Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head west into Doncaster and you can enjoy a lovely riverside walk to the picturesque Sprotbrough Falls and the impressive Conisbrough Viaduct. There's also more interesting flora and fauna to be found at the Potteric Carr Nature Reserve and Sandall Beat Wood on the eastern fringes of the town.

Photos

Humberhead Peatlands National Nature Reserve - geograph.org.uk - 1172851

Humberhead Peatlands National Nature Reserve. View east before leaving the damper part of the nature reserve heading south. Note the peat banks separating the lakes.

Hatfield Moors - geograph.org.uk - 1172139

Hatfield Moors view. Typical scenery in this area, part of the Humberhead Peatlands National Nature Reserve. Mixture of trees, man-made lakes, grasses and peat. Lots of spongy peat underfoot makes it a delight to walk upon. The moors are the second largest lowland raised peat bog in England.

River Torne - geograph.org.uk - 1578940

River Torne. Looking west from Tunnel Pits Bridge

Isle of Axholme drains - geograph.org.uk - 789532

Isle of Axholme drains

Track alongside Epworth Turbary - geograph.org.uk - 1211670

Track alongside Epworth Turbary

Market Cross - geograph.org.uk - 1158642

Market Cross, Epworth

Monitoring equipment on Hatfield Moors - geograph.org.uk - 1172640

Monitoring equipment on Hatfield Moors

Whooper Swan at Humberhead Peatlands NNR - geograph.org.uk - 1172626

Whooper Swan at Humberhead Peatlands NNR. This is a Whooper Swan as the yellow extends to a sharp point on the bill. This makes a 'W' shape from above. Bewick's Swans are similar but a little smaller and the yellow on their bill is smaller and more rounded, making a 'B' shape from above. This was the only specimen amongst the other birds, generally ducks.

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