A lovely peaceful walk alongside the Grantham Canal from Grantham to Nottingham.
The walk takes you through through the glorious Vale of Belvoir and passes Woolsthorpe, Redmile, Harby, Hickling, Gamston and the delightful Cotgrave Country Park.
Highlights on the route include the pretty Denton Reservoir just to the west of Grantham. It's a great place for wildlife with coot, moorhen, mallard, teal, pochard, heron, great crested grebe and kingfishers to look out for.
Near here you can also visit the splendid Belvoir Castle which has lovely parkland, lakes and woodland surrounding the Grade I listed castle. You can create a nice circular walk around here by visiting the Woolsthorpe By Belvoir using the Viking Way footpath at Longmoor Bridge.
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Grantham Canal Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Grantham Canal Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Grantham Canal OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Grantham Canal Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
One nice idea is to stop off in the little Nottinghamshire village of Hickling and visit the canalside Plough Inn. The 18th century pub was originally built as a stop off for boats transporting goods up and down the canal. It's situated right opposite the canal wharf and has a cosy interior with an open fire. Outside there's a sunny courtyard and a bright sun terrace enhanced with beautiful palms. You can find them on Main Street at postcode LE14 3AH. The pub is also dog friendly if you have your canine friend with you.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Just to the north of Grantham you'll find one of the highlights of the area at the splendid Belton House. The National Trust owned property includes 1300 acres of parkland surrounding a fine country house.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Lincolnshire Walks page.