GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Crowle and Keadby Canal Walk

5 miles (7.8 km)

This circular walk takes you along a section of the Stainforth and Keadby Canal in Crowle, Lincolnshire. There's nice waterside grassy paths and good views of the surrounding countryside on this easy walk.
The walk starts from Crowle train station which is located next to the canal at Crowle Wharf. From here you follow the canal west to Goodnow Bridge where there's a level crossing. Cross the canal here and you can pick up country lanes to take you into Crowle. Bridle tracks and quiet lanes head east and then south to take you to Ealand before returning to the station.

Keadby Canal OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Keadby Canal Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

You can continue you walking by heading south to the Isle of Axholme and enjoying a stroll along the River Torne near Epworth.
A few miles north east there are some nice trails around Normanby Hall Country Park. Here you'll find three hundred acres of parkland and woodland surrounding the 19th century Normanby Hall. Near here you can also pick up the Burton Upon Stather and Alkborough Flats Walk. This will take you to the noteworthy Trent Falls - the point where the Rivers Ouse, Humber and Trent all meet. Much of the area is also a nature reserve with a wide variety of birds to look out for.
To the south you can pick up the Peatlands Way to explore Thorne Moors and Hatfield Moors, part of the Humberhead Peatlands National Nature Reserve. The moors are the second largest lowland raised peat bog in England and notable for their diversity of wildlife and plantlife.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Lincolnshire Walks page.


Crowle station geograph-3089877-by-Ben-Brooksbank

Crowle station and the canal in 1983. View eastward, towards Scunthorpe, Immingham, Grimsby and Cleethorpes: ex-GC Sheffield - Doncaster - Cleethorpes main line. The station was 'Crowle Central' 1/7/23 - 20/2/69. On the right is the parallel Stainforth & Keadby Canal and the water on the left is the New Godnow Drain

Beside the canal - - 375750

Beside the canal at Crowle. For many years the Stainforth and Keadby canal (on the right of the picture) provided the main transport for the carriage of goods. In the distance can be seen the old building that houses the offices of the carrier, and the roadway is part of the old goods complex. The use for the canal is mainly leisure, both boating and fishing. The bridge carries the main A161 road and the railway station is to the far right of the picture.

Alongside the Canal - - 1735794

Alongside the Canal: A local passenger service for Scunthorpe passes Godnow bridge, seen from the canal bank alongside the railway.

Empty Canal - - 1735779

Looking towards Crowle from the minor road that crosses the Keadby and Stainforth canal by a swing bridge at Godnow bridge.

Godnow Bridge - - 140519

Godnow Bridge. This photograph shows the swing bridge over the Stainforth and Keadby Canal and the level crossing over the railway which are effectively combined. The red "Stop" sign in the centre of the bridge would appear to be a statement of the obvious.

Godnow bridge gate control box - - 1735784

Godnow bridge gate control box. This box controls the level crossing over the Doncaster to Scunthorpe railway by the canal which has a swing bridge alongside it. So you may get stopped for a train and boat here.

Crowle Post Office - - 236064

Crowle Spar & Post Office, High Street. The white building is the White Hart Inn.

Violet Hill Farm - - 1200781

Violet Hill Farm

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

Keadby Canal.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Share>Save to Files)