GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Viking Way

147 miles (237 km)

Follow in the footsteps of the Norse invaders on this long distance walk from the Humber Bridge to Oakham in Rutland. The walk passes through the Lincolnshire Wolds AONB and some delightful Leicestershire countryside before rounding Rutland water to the finish point at Oakham. Walk highlights include

  • Views of the Humber Estuary and the Humber Bridge at the start of the route.
  • The interesting former Roman towns of Caistor and Horncastle where you can still see the remains of the Roman Walls and other interesting landmarks.
  • The River Bain and the delightul Pinewoods in Woodhall Spa.
  • A lovely waterside section along the River Witham into Lincoln
  • The city of Lincoln with its magnificent cathedral (video below)
  • A section along the Grantham Canal near Woolsthorpe by Belvoir and Belvoir Castle
  • The final section along the beautiful Rutland Water in Rutland. You'll finish in the medieval market town of Oakham where there's some wonderful old architecture at the Norman castle and the 16th century Oakham School.
The walk is waymarked with a disc featuring a viking helmet.

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

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

The Harbour Cafe is in a lovely spot overlooking Whitwell Harbour on Rutland Water. It's a great place to stop on the route and rest your legs. The cafe is open 7 days a week from March until November then they open Friday, Saturday and Sunday through the Winter. They offer a wide variety of, cooked breakfasts,home cooked lunches, snacks, great coffee and cakes in a relaxed family friendly environment.There's a great outdoor seating area with fine views of the water. You can find the cafe on Bull Brigg Lane with a postcode of LE15 8BL for your sat navs.

For extra walking around the trail you could try the Viking Way Circular Walk at Woodhall Spa. This route uses a section of the Viking Way and the Water Rail Way to create a circular walk around the Lincolnshire Wolds town. It takes you through the countryside before a nice waterside section along the River Witham.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Lincolnshire Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Viking Way - geograph.org.uk - 618345

Viking Way. Looking north towards Belmont near Donington-on-Bain

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The Viking Way on the cliff edge near Wellingore

On the Viking way - geograph.org.uk - 1653153

The path to Walesby church

The Viking Way - geograph.org.uk - 255277

The long distance footpath crosses the River Witham at this point.

Viking Way approaching the Weston monument at Somerby - geograph.org.uk - 851120

The trail approaching the Weston monument at Somerby. A plaque states that the monument was erected by Edward and Ann Weston of Somerby Hall in 1770 to celebrate 29 years of marriage, and as a token of their gratitude to God for "our life of peaceful leisure".

Viking Way and Sambre Beck - geograph.org.uk - 242580

Sambre Beck. On the trail where the footpath to Grange Farm follows Sambre Beck near the northern end of Foxhall Wood

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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