Enjoy a waterside walk along the Louth Canal from Louth to Tetney Marshes. Along the way there's the lovely scenery of the Lincolnshire Wolds countryside and nice views of the River Lud. You can walk the length of the canal along the towpath which runs for about 12 miles.
The walk starts from the interesting market town of Louth in the Lincolnshire Wolds. It's a very pretty town with Georgian streets including several fine buildings such as Louth Manor House and many others dating from 17th century onwards. Other highlights include St. James church where you can climb the tower for nice views over the town. You should also visit the interesting Louth Museum, the Greenwich meridian line plaque and the delightful Hubbard's Hills park.
You can pick up the canal towpath on the eastern side of the town and follow it north east towards Keddington and Alvingham. On your right hand side around Keddington you can take a short detour to visit the remains of Louth Abbey which dates from 1139.
At High Bridge the canal turns towards the North West, passing Conisholme Fen and Covenham Reservoir. The final sections takes you over Thoresby Bridge before passing Tetney Lock and finishing at Tetney Marshes Nature Reserve on the Humber Estuary. The RSPB reserve makes a lovely end to the walk. It's situated on the north Lincolnshire coast and includes coastal mudflats, salt marsh, dunes and saline lagoons. The reserve is a fantastic place for bird watching with brent geese, knots, golden plovers, redshanks and sanderlings to look out for.
The Silver Lincs Way long distance trail also starts in Louth and runs all the way to Grimsby. You could pick this up and follow it to the delightful Hubbard's Hills with its lovely woodland trails along the River Ludd.
Louth Canal Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Louth Canal Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Louth Canal OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Louth Canal Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Walks near Louth
- Cleethorpes to Tetney Lock Walk - This circular walk takes you from the outskirts of Cleethorpes to Tetney Lock on the Louth Canal.
- Hubbard's Hills - This area of natural beauty in Louth is a lovely place for an afternoon stroll
- Covenham Reservoir - 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
- Donington on Bain - This pretty village is located in the Lincolnshire Wolds AONB, on the banks of the River Bain
- Silver Lincs Way - This walk links the towns of Grimsby and Louth and celebrates the Silver Jubilee of the Grimsby Louth group of the Ramblers Association.
The walk begins on the outskirts of Grimsby and follows footpaths, bridleways and country lanes to Louth
- Belchford - This pretty village lies in the Lincolnshire Wolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
- Hagworthingham - This small Lincolnshire village is located in the East Lindsey district near Horncastle
The Wheatsheaf Inn has a nice cosy interior with roaring fires and a fine garden area for warmer days. You can find them at 62 Westgate, LN11 9YD.
The footpath makes for a fine dog walk and the Wheatsheaf mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
To extend your walking in the area you could try the circular Cleethorpes to Tetney Lock Walk. The walk takes you along the Tetney Marshes RSPB nature reserve to the canal lock with lots of coastal wildlife to look out for on the way.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Lincolnshire Walks page.