Horncastle Canal and River Walk
This walk takes you along the old Horncastle Canal and the River Bain from the town centre of this Lincolnshire town.
From here you can pick up the Viking Way, a waymarked footpath which will take you south along a section of the old canal. It originally ran for 11 miles from the River Witham at Dogdyke to Horncastle, through twelve locks largely following the course of River Bain. The canal opened in 1802, and was abandoned for navigation in 1889. This walk runs for the first couple of miles along the waterway, finishing near Martin. You could extend the walk by continuing south through Roughton to Haltham and Kirkby on Bain.
Horncastle Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Horncastle Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Horncastle OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Horncastle Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Walks near Horncastle
- Viking Way - Follow in the footsteps of the Norse invaders on this long distance walk from the Humber Bridge to Oakham in Rutland
- Woodhall Spa - Woodhall Spa is a very attractive former spa town on the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds
- Tattershall Lakes - This waterside walk takes you along Tattershall Lakes and the River Bain in the Lincolnshire village of Tattershall.
The walk starts in the village centre on the River Bain, next to the remains of Tattershall Castle
- Donington on Bain - This pretty village is located in the Lincolnshire Wolds AONB, on the banks of the River Bain
- Louth Canal - Enjoy a waterside walk along the Louth Canal from Louth to Tetney Marshes
- Belchford - This pretty village lies in the Lincolnshire Wolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
- Snipe Dales Country Park - Explore 220 acres of country park and nature reserve in the beautiful Lincolnshire Wolds
- Chambers Farm Wood - Enjoy a series of peaceful walking trails in this forest and nature reserve in Wragby
- Hagworthingham - This small Lincolnshire village is located in the East Lindsey district near Horncastle
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
This walk uses a section of the Viking Way to take you along the river. You could extend the walk by continuing along the path to Woodhall Spa. There's some lovely trails here through The Pinewoods in the centre of the village. This area also includes the interesting Kinema in the Woods. It dates from 1922, and it is the only fully functioning cinema in the UK to employ back projection. If you were to follow the Viking Way north it would take you to the worthy village of Donington on Bain where there's a 12th century church, a fine 18th century pub and nice views of the River Bain. Near here there's also Biscathorpe and East Wykeham where there are the sites of two deserted medieval villages to explore.
The other end of the canal was at Dogdyke near the village of Tattershall. Here you can enjoy a visit to Tattershall Lakes where there's some nice waterside paths to try.
Just a few miles east of the town you'll find Snipe Dales Country Park. There's miles of heathland and woodland trails to follow around this 220 acre site. It's also a nature reserve so there's good wildlife spotting opportunities too. Near here you'll find the villages of Hagworthingham and Winceby, where there's the site of a civil war battlefield.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Lincolnshire Walks page.