GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Viking Way Circular Walk

11 miles (18 km)

This route uses a section of the Viking Way and the Water Rail Way to create a circular walk around the Lincolnshire Wolds town of Woodhall Spa. On the route there's some lovely fenland scenery and waterside walking along the River Witham to enjoy.
The walk starts in the town and follows the trail west and then north to the village of Stixwould. You continue north east along Duckpool Lane before turning west to visit Southrey. Here you pick up the Water Rail Way, a shared cycling and walking trail running along a dismantled railway line. The trail willl take you south east along the river to Woodhall Spa.

Viking Way Circular Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Viking Way Circular Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

Back in Woodhall Spa The Abbey Lodge Inn is a good choice for some post walk refreshments. The olde worlde style pub has a cosy interior with roaring fires. It's a friendly place with a good menu and selection of ales. You can find it just to the south of the village on Tattershall Road at a postcode of LN10 6UQ.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

You can extend your walk by continuing south along the river to visit Tattershall Lakes. There's more nice waterside walks here and the historic Tattershall Castle.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Lincolnshire Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

The Viking Way footpath near Woodhall Spa - geograph.org.uk - 434340

The Viking Way footpath near Woodhall Spa

St.Peter's church, Stixwould, Lincs. - geograph.org.uk - 95346

St.Peter's church, Stixwould, Lincs. Largely rebuilt in 1831, containing fragments from nearby Stixwould Priory and a marvellous late 14th century font

Duckpool catchwater pumping Station - geograph.org.uk - 523816

Duckpool catchwater pumping Station. Where the Catchwater Drain meets the River Witham

River Witham - geograph.org.uk - 523850

River Witham. Burdock and teasels on the riverbank at the former Stixwould station

Lincolnshire Longwool sheep sculpture at Stixwould and Woodhall, Lincolnshire - geograph.org.uk - 976947

Lincolnshire Longwool. One of the 4 sheep in the clever sculpture by Sally Matthewson the Water Rail Way

River Witham - geograph.org.uk - 978143

River Witham

Southrey Station - geograph.org.uk - 523791

Southrey Station

Southrey - geograph.org.uk - 110677

Southrey. Seen from the south bank of the Witham, the slipway marks the end of Ferry Road, Southrey. The remains of the platform of Southrey railway station are well preserved; in pre-Beeching years the line meandered south along the river toDogdyke

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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