GPS Cycle and Walking Routes


3 miles (5.6 km)

This Lincolnshire village is located in a fine rural spot, near Alford on the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds AONB.
This circular walk visits the WilloughbyBranch Line Nature Reserve. The reserve includes a footpath along the disused branch railway from Willoughby to Mablethorpe. The old line now makes for a pleasant nature walk with a variety of wildlflowers, plants and wildlife to see. Look out for spotted-orchids, skipper butterflies and birds such as blackcap, sedge warbler and redpollas you make your way along the flat path.
After exploring the reserve you can then follow quiet country lanes back to the village.
To continue your walking in the area head a few miles south to visit Gunby Hall. The historic hall is one of the area highlights with 8 acres of beautiful gardens, an 18th century manor and an expansive country estate.


LN13 9SU - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Willoughby OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Willoughby Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near Willoughby

  • Alford - This small market town is located in a lovely spot on the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds AONB
  • Gunby Hall - This walk visits the historic Gunby Hall Estate in the Lincolnshire Wolds.
  • Lindsey Trail - This new bridleway runs through the Lincolnshire Wolds AONB and is suitable for both walkers and cyclists with a hybrid or mountain bike
  • Skegness - This walk takes you along the Lagoon Walk and then around the boating lake in the popular coastal town of Skegness
  • Snipe Dales Country Park - Explore 220 acres of country park and nature reserve in the beautiful Lincolnshire Wolds
  • Louth Canal - Enjoy a waterside walk along the Louth Canal from Louth to Tetney Marshes
  • Hubbard's Hills - This area of natural beauty in Louth is a lovely place for an afternoon stroll
  • Mablethorpe - This seaside town in Lincolnshire has some lovely walks with sand dunes, a fine beach and attractive coastal gardens to explore.
  • Donington on Bain - This pretty village is located in the Lincolnshire Wolds AONB, on the banks of the River Bain
  • 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 nearHorncastle
  • Biscathorpe - This Lincolnshire Wolds walk takes you from the medieval village at Biscathorpe to another medieval site at nearby Wykeham
  • Binbrook - This pretty village is located in theEast Lindsey district of Lincolnshire near to the town of Market Rasen.
  • Spilsby - This walk explores the area around the market town of Spilsbyin Lincolnshire.
  • Saltfleet - The village of Saltfleet is located on the Lincolnshire coast in theEast Lindseydistrict of the county


Head to the Willoughby Arms for some refreshments after your walk. The dog friendly pub includes a real fire, a garden and parking.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head north and you could visit the market town of Alford. Here you can see the historic Alford Manor House, a 13th century church and the five sailed Alford Windmill.


Willoughby village green - - 2306555

Willoughby village green. The village is the birthplace of John Smith, the famous explorer and settler of the United States. On the anniversary of the founding of theJamestown settlementhundreds of Americans come to the village to see where Smith lived. Smith was connected to theNative AmericangirlPocahontas, daughter of the chief of thePowhatanconfederacy tribes.

Willoughby Arms, Willoughby, Lincs - - 87644

Willoughby Arms

Willoughby - - 2053408

Houses in the village

Church of St Helena, Willoughby, Lincs - - 49744

Church of St Helena. The church is early 14th, late 14th, & early 15th Century. Consisting of Western tower, clerestoried nave, aisles, chancel, & south porch. There was a major restoration by James Fowler of Louth in 1880. The construction is squared coursed greenstone rubble, limestone ashlar rubble, red brick patching, with slate and lead roofs.

Willoughby Branch Line - - 2305119

Willoughby Branch Line

Nature trail near Willoughby - - 595889

Nature trail. Looking back towards Number Eight Crossing Cottage near Farlesthorpe.

Looking from the Willoughby Branch Line Neutral Grassland Local Nature Reserve towards Plains Holt - - 4040361

Looking from the Willoughby Branch Line Neutral Grassland Local Nature Reserve towards Plains Holt

Course of Willoughby Branch Line - - 2053519

Course of Willoughby Branch Line

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