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This access statement does not contain personal opinions as to our suitability for those with access needs, but aims to accurately describe the facilities and services that we offer all our guests/visitors.

Access Statement Waters’ Edge

Introduction

Situated on the south bank of the river Humber close to the world famous Humber Bridge and on the edge of historic Barton upon Humber. The Country Park and Visitor Centre are situated on the banks of the Humber and Barton Haven.

There is a free car park and the Centre and Park have free admission. The Park consists of 100 acres of mainly wetland wildlife sanctuary, which includes two areas of Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs). There are benches around the park and two childrens’ play areas.

The Visitor Centre houses interactive displays about wildlife, ecology, environment and has toilets, café and giftshop. There are a range of events put on throughout the year and details may be found at hyperlink.

We look forward to welcoming you. If you have any queries or require any assistance please telephone 01652 631500 or email waters.edge@northlincs.gov.uk

Pre-Arrival

How to find us:

By Road

From the South; Take the M180 to the A15, north to Barton upon Humber. From the North: come south across the Humber Bridge (A15). Take the turning to Barton upon Humber.

As you leave the roundabout there are brown signs with Waters Edge written on them and a ‘Y’ shaped symbol. These direct you through the town to the Waters’ Edge, where there is limited space the brown sign simply has the symbol. We are at the very end of Maltkiln Road and there is a large free car park immediately on the left as you enter the Park.

By ‘Sat Nav’. Enter DN18 5JR. This will take you part way down Maltkiln Road, simply carry on to the end.

By Bus. Alight at the Barton Railway Station terminus. Call Traveline on 08712 002233 for details or visit www.traveline.info (Barton is in the East Midlands Area). It is a little over half a mile to Waters’ Edge Visitor Centre, up Waterside Road and Maltkiln Road.

By Rail. Alight at Barton upon Humber Station. Enquires 08457 484950 or visit www.nationalrail.co.uk. It is a little over half a mile to Waters’ Edge Visitor Centre, up Waterside Road and Maltkiln Road.

By Sea. P & O Ferries terminal at Hull is 45 minutes drive from Waters’ Edge. There are daily sailings to Zeebrugges and Rotterdam. Enquires 07805 202020. or visit www.poferries.com.

By Cycle or on Foot. From Barton Town It is about a mile to Waters’ Edge Visitor Centre, up Waterside Road and Maltkiln Road.

From the Humber Bridge, leave the bridge and come along Far Ings Road towards Barton, turn left at ‘the Sloop’ public house and go down Waterside Road until you reach the footbridge, cross there and take the steps down to the building and the cycle rack beside the main entrance.

From the Nev Cole Way along the riverbank from the West follow the footpath up the Barton Haven until you reach the footbridge, cross there and take the steps down to the building and the cycle rack beside the main entrance.

Car Parking and Arrival

There is a large free car park immediately on the left as you enter the Park with 100 spaces. There is also limited ‘blue badge’ parking immediately outside the Centre.

There is a bus drop off point for coaches with a raised access point.

The site is level with gravel paths and wooden walkways suitable for baby buggies and wheelchairs. Dogs are welcome on leads.

The ground floor of the Centre houses the café, gift shop, displays and is accessible to all visitors with no steps or raised areas. Toilets facilities include ladies and gents toilets, a changing places toilet, a wheelchair accessible toilet, as well as a baby change. The main entrance is automatic and opens 2 m wide.

Main Entrance

Reception is in the main entrance, there are no steps and the floor is level throughout the Centre is well lit and has a lowered section of the welcome desk.

There is a hearing loop at the counter.

A magnifying glass, pen and paper are available at the counter.

Attractions

There are interactive touch screen activities throughout the centre that may be accessed from a standing or seated position.

All interpretation panels have large text and have pictorial representation where possible. All are at a maximum top height of 1.8m.

We encourage people to touch most objects that are not cased.

Public toilets

Toilets: Facilities include ladies and gents toilets, a changing places toilet, a wheelchair accessible toilet with 900mm easy access door, as well as a baby change.

The wheel chair accessible toilet has a 1m transfer point to the left of the wc (when facing it).

There are vertical rails either side of the wc and wash basin.

There is colour contrast with crucial surfaces; walls red, wash basin white.

There is an emergency pull cord.

Flooring is non-slip tile.

The sink has a lever tap.

Catering

The Honey Pot Café: is fully accessible, no entrance steps and level throughout.

Tables are well spaces with chairs both with and without arms.

Lighting is natural with overhead lighting.

Food is where possible locally produced and we do our best to cater for special dietary requirements.

Café is self service, though staff can assist if necessary.

Large text menus are available.

Crockery is colour contrasted with the table.

The nearest toilets are within the building approximately 20 m away.

Shop

The shop is in the main entrance/ reception area. With a range of souvenirs, books etc.

The shop is level throughout. There is ample room for a wheelchair to manoeuvre.

A low level counter is provided.

There is a hearing loop available.

Staff can offer assistance if required.

Park

The Park consists of 100 acres of mainly wetland wildlife sanctuary, which includes two areas of Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs). There are benches around the park and two childrens’ play areas.

The main pathways are gravelled or wooden walkways all are at least 1.8m wide and designed to be suitable for baby buggies or wheelchairs.

There are some interpretation boards around the park, the Visitor Centre has a leaflet with more information and walks highlighted.

There are 5 separate walks signposted through the park.

Additional Information

Our staff receive regular training, including disability awareness training.

We welcome trained assistance dogs.

Clear signage is used throughout the Tourist Information Centre

We have a set of evacuation procedures, should you require it someone will assist you to the muster point.

Contact information:

Waters’ Edge Visitor Centre

Maltkiln Road,

Barton upon Humber.

DN18 5JR.

01652 631500

waters.edge@northlincs.gov.uk

www.visitnorthlincolnshire.com

www.facebook.com/watersedgebarton

Opening Times

Open 7 days a week. Main gate will close promptly at 7pm.

Visitor Centre is open : Weekdays 9am – 5pm

Weekends & Bank Holidays

From April – September, 10am – 5pm

From October to March, 10am – 4pm

The Honey Pot Café  – 10.00am to 3.30pm
Contact the Tourism and Events Management Team

Address:  Tourism and Event Management Team, Lower Ground Floor, Civic Centre,
Ashby Road, Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire. DN16 1AB

t: 01724 297774

e: tourism@northlincs.gov.uk

Using this website

We believe in access to information over the internet for all. This overview provides details of the accessibility features we have implemented on this website. If you have any questions regarding the accessibility of this sites, please contact us.

 

 

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