GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Woodhall Spa Walk

6 miles (10 km)

Woodhall Spa is a very attractive former spa town on the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds. There are good walking opportunites with several peaceful woods, two rivers and lots of attractive countryside to explore.
This walk explores the lovely Pinewoods in the village before following the Viking Way to nearby Horncastle.
On the way there's woodland trails, countryside views and riverside paths along the River Bain.
The walk starts off in the centre of village at The Pinewoods, where there some easy trails and lots of interesting flora and fauna to see. These delightful woods are also notable for the unique Kinema in the Woods. It dates from 1922, and it is the only fully functioning cinema in the UK to employback projection. In the woods you can also look out for wildlife including great spotted woodpecker and muntjac deer.
After exploring Pinewoods you then pick up the waymarked Viking Way and follow it east through Bracken Wood, Highall Wood and Whithall Wood. Shortly after you pick up the River Bain where a riverside footpath will take you all the way into the Roman town of Horncastle.
The route follows part of the Spa Trail, a shared cycling and walking trail running along a dismantled railway line.

Woodhall Spa OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Woodhall Spa Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near Woodhall Spa

  • Viking Way - Follow in the footsteps of the Norse invaders on this long distance walk from the Humber Bridge to Oakham in Rutland
  • Tattershall Lakes - This waterside walk takes you along Tattershall Lakes and the River Bain in the Lincolnshire village of Tattershall.
    The walk starts in the village centre on the River Bain, next to the remains of Tattershall Castle
  • Spires and Steeples - This walk runs from Lincoln to Sleaford through a number of historical villages and beautiful countryside in the North Kesteven area
  • Snipe Dales Country Park - Explore 220 acres of country park and nature reserve in the beautiful Lincolnshire Wolds
  • Chambers Farm Wood - Enjoy a series of peaceful walking trails in this forest and nature reserve in Wragby
  • 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
  • Horncastle - This walk takes you along the old Horncastle Canal and the River Bain from the town centre of this Lincolnshire town.
  • Water Rail Way - This shared cycling and walking trail runs along the old Lincoln to Boston Railway Line from Lincoln to Woodhall Spa.
  • Viking Way Circular Walk - 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
  • Hagworthingham - This small Lincolnshire village is located in the East Lindsey district nearHorncastle
  • Kirkby On Bain - This riverside Lincolnshire village sits in a peaceful rural spot near Horncastle, Woodhall SpaandConingsby
  • Spa Trail - This shared walking and cycle route takes you along the Spa Trail from Woodhall Spa to Horncastle in Lincolnshire.


The Abbey Lodge Inn is a fine choice for refreshments after your walk. 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.

Dog Walking

The woods and river paths are ideal for dog walking so you'll probably see plenty of other owners on a fine day.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

To continue your walking around the village head north on the Viking Way to visit Stixwould, Southrey Wood and the village of Bardney where you can see the remains of Bardney Abbey.
If you head west of the village you can pick up more riverside paths along the River Witham. You could follow the river south and visit Tattershall Lakes where there is a leisure park with several lakes and more riverside paths along the River Bain. You'll also find the 15th century Tattershall Castle which is run by the National Trust.
There's also some attractive heathland at Moor Farm Nature Reserve on Wellsyke Lane. Here you can see plants includingtormentil,bell heatherandclimbing corydalis.
The Water Rail Way starts/finishes in Woodhall Spa. This shared cycling and walking rail trail runs along the River Witham into Lincoln. The Viking Way Circular Walk starts in the town and uses part of the trail and the Viking Way to create a circular walk around the town.
To find out about the history of the area head to the excellent Woodhall Spa Cottage Museum. The Museum building itself is a rare surviving example of a bungalow constructed of corrugated iron on a wooden frame that was erected in the late nineteenth century. Inside there's interesting exhibits, intriguing stories and several displays about the local area and the Wield family, who lived in the building from 1887 until the 1960’s. You can find it at Iddesleigh Road, with a postcode of LN10 6SH for your sat navs.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Lincolnshire Walks page.


Pine Woods Woodhall Spa - - 102320

Pine Woods Woodhall Spa. In the search for coal during the nineteenth century, pine trees were grown here for pit-props. During the digging spa water was found and formed the basis of the spa resort at Woodhall Spa.

Aconites in the woods at Woodhall Spa - - 469490

Aconites in the woods at Woodhall Spa. Aconites are a cheerful display during the days of winter.

The Cottage Museum, Woodhall Spa - - 949455

The Cottage Museum. This Boulton and Paul corrugated iron bungalow was built in 1884 and was occupied by the Weild family until the 1960's. Thomas Weild was a bath chair proprietor and transported people from the station to the spa baths to 'take the waters' (the railway ran alongside the left end of the bungalow). The bungalow now contains a local information centre and various local history displays.

Kinema in the Woods

Kinema in the Woods

Sheep May Safely Graze - - 771637

Sheep May Safely Graze alongside the River Witham

Road Junction, Woodhall Spa - - 549467

Road Junction, Woodhall Spa Photo taken looking along Tattershall Road towards the junction with The Broadway.

The Dam Busters Memorial. - - 1552470

The Dam Busters Memorial. A Memorial to Number 617 Squadron "The Dam Busters" At Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire.

River Bain, Horncastle - - 562950

River Bain, Horncastle. The river alongside Watermill Road


GPS Files

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Memory Map Route

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