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BSG PHOTO TOUR OF THORNE MOORS PART 3 WILL PITS WOOD TO GOOLE MOOR AND RETURN VIA INKLE MOOR 

This is the third tour and covers part of the northern half of this massive reserve from Will Pits wood along to Goole Moor Tramand return via Long Meadow and Inkle Moor. Thorne Moors alone (without Hatfield Moors) is 1918ha or to put it in perspective about 2 miles by 3 miles! 

Crack Willow Will Pits, Thorne Moors 27.04.10























 

From the last photo on BSG Photo Tour 2, we had left Natural England’s shed and were in Will Pits heading around the S side of the wood and back out on to the E-W limestone road. From here in the next few photos we will head back E along the road to its T junction. From Natural England’s shed we could have just gone straight on along the road to the T junction. 

1 coming back onto the E-W road Will Pits, Thorne Moors 27.04.10





















 

 

From the track round the S side of Will Pits we are coming back onto the E-W road Will Pits (opposite old ride, see next photo).

2 old ride n side of road Will Pits Thorne Moors 27.04.10























Looking straight across the road as we come back out on it, we are looking down the Old Ride in Will Pits. This is another route we could take towards Goole Moor.

3 Fisons road e-w through Will Pits looking W. Thorne Moors 27.04.10























Back on Fisons’ Road, where it runs E-W through Will Pits looking W (towards the colliery).

4 glade in Will Pits, Thorne Moors 27.04.10























There are many glades in Will Pits, good for viewing deer.

5 ditch ride Will Pits, Thorne Moors 27.04.10























As we head E to the T junction we pass the Ditch Ride through Will Pits.

6 looking N Thorne Moors 27.04.10























At the junction this is the view along the road heading N to Bank Top and Goole Moor.

7 T junction Will Pits looking S. Thorne Moors 27.04.10























View at T junction, looking S.

8 T junction Will Pits, Thorne Moors 27.04.10























Another view at T junction, looking N.

9 glade from Bank Top, Thorne Moors 27.04.10























View of a glade from Bank Top.

10 looking at Crowle Moor, Lincolnshire. Thorne Moors 27.04.10























View of Crowle Moor from Bank Top.

11 looking down Blackwater Dyke, Thorne Moors 27.04.10























Looking down Blackwater Dyke, which is the county boundary between South Yorkshire and East Yorkshire.

12 start of Goole Moor Tram. Thorne Moors 27.04.10































 

 

 

Start of Goole Moor Tram, from Bank Top (near sheds/pump). This tram is over 2 miles long but can be very good for birds, not far from here is where BPW found a Stone Curlew. The pools are good for wintering Jack Snipe and Snipe, though for the former you need to splash in to flush them.

13 N side Will Pits, Thorne Moors 27.04.10























Will Pits from the N side. This area at the start of Goole Moor Tram is an excellent place to view Hobbies in summer, with sometimes up to 20 together recorded.

14 looking at Goole Moor. Thorne Moors 27.04.10























View of Goole Moor.

15 looking S from Goole Moor Tram. Thorne Moors 27.04.10























Looking S from Goole Moor Tram shows how vast this area is.

16 pools on Goole Moor. Thorne Moors 27.04.10























There are many pools on Goole Moor of all sizes. They can produce good birds including wader and ducks, and sometimes more surprising things!

17 pools on Goole Moor. Thorne Moors 27.04.10























More pools.

18 Goole Moor Tram. Thorne Moors 27.04.10























A view along Goole Moor Tram looking W.

19 view from GMT. Thorne Moors 27.04.10























View from Goole Moor Tram (GMT).

20 view from GMT. Thorne Moors 27.04.10























Another view from GMT.

21 view from GMT. Thorne Moors 27.04.10

































 

View along GMT.

22 view from GMT. Thorne Moors 27.04.10























Another view along GMT.

23 view from GMT. Thorne Moors 27.04.10























Soft Rush and cotton grass.

24 pools Goole Moor. Thorne Moors 27.04.10























Larger pools Goole Moor.

25 pools Goole Moor. Thorne Moors 27.04.10























Another view of large pools.

26 Goole Moor. Thorne Moors 27.04.10























More open landscape, Goole Moor.

27 Goole Moor Nightjar habitat. Thorne Moors 27.04.10























Goole Moor Nightjar habitat.

28 pools Goole Moor. Thorne Moors 27.04.10























Yet more pools Goole Moor. These pools are quite shallow and many but dry up before the end of summer.

29 birch scrub Goole Moor. Thorne Moors 27.04.10























Birch scrub Goole Moor.

30 pools W end GMT. Thorne Moors 27.04.10























Large pools W end GMT, where sometimes Black-headed Gulls nest.

31 Fisons’ road N. Thorne Moors 27.04.10























Back on the road at the W end of GMT. The road here runs N-S, we are heading S towards Green Belt.

32 Snaith and Cowick Moor. Thorne Moors 27.04.10























Snaith and Cowick Moor is now to our right (W) side as we head S.

33 road back towards Green Belt, Thorne Moors 27.04.10























Road back towards Green Belt.

34 pools from Fisons’ Road N,  Thorne Moors 27.04.10























Pools viewable from Fisons’ Road N as we walk S. This is a good area for waders such as Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, Curlew and others.

35 pools from Fisons’ Road N, Thorne Moors 27.04.10























More pools.

36 Snaith and Cowick Moor. Thorne Moors 27.04.10























Another view of Snaith and Cowick Moor.

37 floods N side of road from Green Belt, Thorne Moors 27.04.10























One of the best areas for waders, site of the Lesser Yellowlegs.

38 S bend in road Thorne Moors 27.04.10























At the S bend in Fisons’ Road. The drain here is Shearburn and Pitts Drain and runs right to Will Pits wood nearly 2 miles E.

39 S bend in road, Thorne Moors 27.04.10

































 

Following the bend around will bring you along the E-W stretch of the road at N side of Green Belt.

40 track from S bend in road to Paraffin area, Thorne Moors 27.04.10























Instead of following the road to the E-W stretch N of Green Belt, we are taking a track from S bend in road to Paraffin area.

41 view from track to Paraffin area, Thorne Moors 27.04.10























View from track to Paraffin area.

42 Paraffin gate, Thorne Moors 27.04.10























This brings us to the Paraffin gate, which we can get around the side of.

43 Longthorpe’s Meadow, Thorne Moors 27.04.10























Longthorpe’s Meadow, looking N.

43a Longthorpes Meadow to Long Meadow, Thorne Moors 27.04.10























Longthorpes Meadow to Long Meadow, looking S. The line of trees along the top of the photo is Long Meadow, we walk this way and over the barbed wire fence. Push through the hedge onto the raised track and follow W to Inkle Moor.

44 Long Meadow hedgerow track, Thorne Moors 27.04.10























Long Meadow hedgerow track is an ancient hedgerow dividing Inkle Moor and the field to the N. Follow this banked hedge alongside Inkle Moor, to the Inkle Moor track close to the railway.

45 Long Meadow hedgerow track, Thorne Moors 27.04.10























There is a large reedbed on Inkle Moor, S of the Long Meadow hedge, this is good for all the regular reedbed birds.

46 Long Meadow hedgerow track, Thorne Moors 27.04.10























The track is easy to follow and straight, on your left is the reedbed and on your right a farmers field.

47 Long Meadow hedgerow track, Thorne Moors 27.04.10























View of reedbed.

48 Long Meadow hedgerow track, Thorne Moors 27.04.10























There are some enormous trees here, mainly very old Hawthornes.

49 Long Meadow hedgerow track, Thorne Moors 27.04.10























More views of the ancient hedgerow.

50 Long Meadow hedgerow track, Thorne Moors 27.04.10































 

 

 

The biggest Crab Apple I have ever seen.

51 Long Meadow hedgerow track, Thorne Moors 27.04.10























More big Hawthornes, nearly at end where we join Inkle Moor track near railway.

52 Long Meadow hedgerow track, Thorne Moors 27.04.10































 

 

 

Nearly there.

53 Long Meadow hedgerow track, Thorne Moors 27.04.10































 

 

 

Here we come out at Inkle Moor track near railway. It is right by Inkle Moor Pond here, now we turn left towards the colliery, passing ‘the drop’ a dip in the shingle path (from old tram or narrow gauge railway).

54 Inkle Moor track, Thorne Moors 27.04.10























Inkle Moor track back to colliery area. You actually emerge from this densely overgrown path on the E side of the colliery road railway bridge. Keep going a little way and you will see the colliery road and buildings.

55 flat colliery waste ground, Thorne Moors 27.04.10























Walk alongside the road towards the buildings and back to the Public Right of Way to the parking area at the Recreation Grounds at Grange Road, Moorends.



Photos and text by BSG.