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It's hard to believe that this peaceful nature reserve and fishing lake was once the most industrial area of Eastrington. Large lakes, shallow 'borrow' pits and grassy areas border a remnant of the disused Hull to Barnsley rail line.

Wildfowl can be seen on the pond throughout the year with the rafts floating in the centre of the pond used by roosting ducks and geese. Watch out in the summer for common terns nesting on these artificial islands and the beautiful great crested grebes diving for fish around them. The pond is also home to a variety of pond life such as water beetles, pond skaters, caddis fly larvae and prehistoric dragon and damselflies. The pond provides an atmospheric setting to watch Daubenton's bats flying low over the surface of the water as they hunt after sunset, and listen for the distinctive plopping sound of water voles entering the water.

Grassy areas provide a refuge for small mammals and plant species such as common spotted orchids and bee orchids have been recorded on the reserve. The borrow pits, left over from the rail track construction, are now important wetland breeding areas for species such as reed bunting.

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Grounds for outdoor activitiesChildren welcomeDogs accepted

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Eastrington Ponds


Off B1230 Howden - North Cave Road,
DN14 7PL



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Map reference: SE 786298  Lat: 53.75943 Long: -0.80888

Off B1230 Howden - North Cave Road


  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Grounds for outdoor activitiesGrounds for outdoor activities
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted