GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Covenham Reservoir

5 miles (8.5 km)

Enjoy a circular walk around this pretty reservoir and along the Louth Canal on this waterside walk in Lincolnshire.
Start your walk from the car park at the north western tip of the reservoir at postcode LN11 0XX for your sat navs. Then follow the paths around the water to the canal on the eastern side of the water. The route then picks up the towpath following it north before following nice country lanes through the countryside around Fulstow. There's nice paths along the reservoir and views across the water to the lovely Lincolnshire Wolds countryside.
The reservoir is close to the villages of Covenham St Bartholomewand Covenham St Mary. After your walk you can visit the the Grade IIlistedAnglican church of St Bartholomew. Here you will find amonumental brasswith aneffigyof Sir John Skypwyth dated 1415. There's also some 13th century stoneworkand delightful churchyard which is also a nature reserve. You can enjoy refreshments at the attractive Mill House restaurant. It is believed to be of 16th century origin, having previously ground corn for the nearby Benedictine Priory.


LN11 0XX - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Covenham Reservoir OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Covenham Reservoir Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


The delightful Mill House is just a short stroll west of the lake. The 16th century thatched house previously ground corn for the nearby Benedictine Priory. It was later restored as a bake house which produced bread for the neighbourhood for three centuries until the last war. Today it houses a fine restaurant where you can enjoy a delicious meal after your walk. You can find them at Main Rd, Covenham Saint Bartholomew, LN11 0PB.
If you head north west you'll soon come to the village of Fulstow where there's The Cross Keys to consider. The friendly village pub servesfresh homemade food and can be found at Main St, Fulstow, LN11 0XG.

Dog Walking

The waterside path makes for a fine dog walk and the Cross Keys mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

To extend your walking in the area you could continue along the Louth Canal. Continuing north will take you to the Lincolnshire coast, the pucturesque Tetney Lock and the Tetney Marshes RSPB Nature Reserve. Heading south will take you to the village of Alvingham and then on to the market town of Louth.
For some nice coastal trails you could head to the nearby towns of Grimsby and Mablethorpe.
A few miles to the north west you can 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.
Just to the east you can enjoy a visit to the Donna Nook Nature Reserve on the coast. The reserve is a great place for wildlife with the grey seal colony a particular highlight. Near here there's also Saltfleet and the Saltfleetby - Theddlethorpe Dunes National Nature Reserve.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Lincolnshire Walks page.


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Covenham reservoir and footpath

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Sailing club and footpath

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Farmland viewed the reservoir.

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Looking along the west side earthworks.


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