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You can also view an overview map of all the routes in the using the Lincolnshire Walk Map
|Belton House||4 miles (6 km)||Explore the stunning grounds of this 17th century mansion in Lincolnshire on this easy circular walk. The property is owned by the National Trust and boasts an Orangery, an Italian garden with fountains, a maze, a deer park and several delightful lakes and ponds. |
The house has been described as the most complete example of a typical English country house belonging to the Brownlow and Cust family for 300 years.
|Bourne Woods Lincolnshire||3 miles (5 km)||Enjoy miles of woodland cycling and walking trails in this large forest in the market town of Bourne, Lincolnshire. A local cycle route runs through the eastern side of the woods to Hanthorpe while miles of footpaths take you through the ancient woodland with its mixture of conifers and broad-leaved trees. There's also some tranquil ponds which attract birds such as kingfishers and herons. Look out for sculptures by local artists as you make your way through the site.|
This circular route starts at the car park off West Road. The first section heads through the eastern part of the forest so is suitable for cyclists. The western section is better suited for walkers.
To continue your walking in the area you could head to Willow Tree Fen Nature Reserve. Here you will find a beautiful fenland setting with meres, flooded pastures, hay meadows and reedbeds. The Macmillan Way also runs just to the south of Bourne. You can pick it up and enjoy a waterside walk along the River Glen.
|Burghley House||2 miles (3 km)||Explore the stunning grounds surrounding this grand 16th-century country house in Stamford, Lincolnshire. The grounds were laid out by Capability Brown and include a 26 acre lake, a deer park and a sculpture park.|
The Hereward Way long distance walk runs past the park so is a good option if you would like to continue your walk.
|Chambers Farm Wood||5 miles (8 km)||Enjoy a series of peaceful walking trails in this forest and nature reserve in Wragby. The tranquil medieval woodland contains ancient limes and is well known for its large numbers of butterflies. |
There are three colour coded walking trails to try. Two are very easy walks on well surfaced paths which will suit all abilites. There is also a longer route which can be a bit muddy. It's a very tranquil place with a diversity of flora of fauna to look out for. Birdwatchers can look out for nuthatch, Woodlark, Buzzard, Hen harrier and green and great spotted woodpecker. There have also been 16 species of butterfly recorded.
The reserve is located about 10 miles east of Lincoln, not far from Horncastle.
|Cleethorpes Country Park||1 miles (2 km)||This 160 acre park has a 7 acre lake with footpaths and a cycle path running through it. The park is located near to Cleethorpes town centre and the sea front so you could continue your walk or ride along the coast.|
|Donna Nook Nature Reserve||10 miles (16 km)||This coastal nature reserve in Lincolnshire consists of dunes, slacks and inter-tidal areas. It's a great place for birdwatching with 47 species of birds to look out for. In November and December you can see the grey seal colony give birth to their pups near the sand dunes. It's quite a spectacle and attracts thousands of visitors each year.|
This circular walk starts at the car park and takes you along the coast and then into the surrounding countryide on footpaths and country lanes. You'll visit the nearby villages of Grainthorpe and North Somercotes before returning to the reserve car park.
|Frampton Marsh||6 miles (9 km)||Visit this splendid RSPB nature reserve on the Wash on this circular walk near Boston. There are miles of good footpaths taking you to reedbed, saltmarsh, tidal mudflats, freshwater scrapes and grassland. There are good facilites with a visitor centre and a number of bird hides where you can look out for a wide variety of coastal birds. These include Avocet, Hen Harrier and Lapwing. |
The Macmillan Way long distance footpath runs through the reserve so it's easy to extend your walking in the area. If you head west you can enjoy a waterside walk along the River Welland to Fosdyke Bridge. You could also follow the Macmillan Way from Boston to reach the site. The waterside footpath runs along The Haven river from the town centre to The Wash.
If you'd like to visit the reserve by bike then you can follow National Cycle Network route 1 from Boston. It runs on country lanes to Sandholme near the reserve.
|Gibraltar Point||4 miles (6 km)||Enjoy a walk around this beautiful coastal nature reserve near Skegness. It's a lovely place for a peaceful stroll with numerous footpaths to follow through the sand, saltmarsh and dunes with several artificial lakes and bird hides along the way. There are lovely views of the Wash and the Lincolnshire coast and countryside. It's fantastic for bird watching with a variety of coastal birds to look out for. These include brent geese, shorelark, redwing and fieldfare. There's also an excellent visitor centre with a Wild Coast Exhibition that includes 3d models of sand dunes and salt marshes.|
The reserve is located just a few miles south of Skegness so you could easily walk there from the town. Parking is available at the reserve too though.
|Grantham Canal||32 miles (52 km)||A lovely peaceful walk alongside the Grantham Canal from Grantham to Nottingham.|
The walk takes you through through the glorious Vale of Belvoir and passes Woodsthorpe, Redmile, Harby, Hickling and the delightful country park at Cotgrave on the way.
|Hartsholme Country Park||3 miles (5 km)||A circular walk through the beautiful Hartsholme Country Park and Swanholme Lakes Nature Reserve in Lincoln. Here you'll find over 200 acres of parkland including Victorian landscaped gardens, lakes, woodlands and grasslands. There is also an excellent Visitor Centre with exhibitions and interactive features on the wildlife and history of Hartsholme Country Park and neighbouring Swanholme Lakes Local Nature Reserve. The park is located a few miles south west of Lincoln city centre.|
To extend your walking in the area you could visit the nearby Whisby Nature Park. The park is located just a couple of miles to the south west and has six waymarked trails to try. The trails take you around a series of pretty lakes with an abundance of wildlife to look out for.
|Hereward Way||110 miles (177 km)||Starting in Oakham, in Rutland, follow the Herward Way through Stamford, Peterborough, Ely, and the Breckland forests to Thetford, in Norfolk.
Highlights on the walk include
The walk is well waymarked with a yellow arrow featuring two swords.
|Jubilee Way (Leics)||21 miles (34 km)||Follow the Jubilee Way through Leicestershire and into Lincolnshire on this delightful walk.|
The walk starts off at the beautiful Burrough Hall Country Park and heads to Melton Mowbray passing Little Dalby on the way. You continue north through Melton Country Park, with its pretty lakes, before joining the Scalford Brook which takes you to Scalford. The path continues through Eaton and then to a pleasant wooded section through Barkestone Wood that leads to the impressive Belvoir Castle. This 19th century castle has a splendid interior with grand State Rooms and several notable paintings by Gainsborough. The gardens are also beautifully laid out making the castle a real highlight on the trail. The walk finishes soon after at the pretty village of Woolsthorpe by Belvoir.
|Jurassic Way||88 miles (141 km)||This walk follows the Jurassic limestone ridge from Banbury to Stamford passing through Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire and Lincolnshire.|
The walk includes a stretch along the Oxford Canal from Banbury and another waterside stretch along the Grand Union Canal near Braunston. You will also enjoy fine views of the River Welland as you approach Stamford.
The route passes through a series of picturesque towns and villages including Wardington, Catesby, Braunston, Ashby St Ledgers (with its impressive Manor House),West Haddon and Middleton.
Please use the links below for handy pdf guides to the walk.
Jurassic Way section 1
Jurassic Way section 2
Jurassic Way section 3
|Laughton Woods||8 miles (12.5 km)||Follow the long woodland trail through Laughton Woods on this easy walk in Lincolnshire. You can park at the car park at Tuetoes Wood and then follow a footpath through Laughton Forest to the nearby village of Scotten. The path passes Scotton Common and Green Howe Pond. Look out for wildlife such as herons and nightjars in the woods. |
Laughton Woods is located about 7 miles south of Scunthorpe.
If you would like to continue your walking in the area then you could head to the nearby Messingham Sand Quarry where there are nice footpaths running around a series of lagoons.
Also nearby is the lovely Twigmoor Woods with its large ponds and lovely colourful rhododendrons.
|Lindsey Trail||75 miles (121 km)||This new bridleway runs through the Lincolnshire Wolds AONB and is suitable for both walkers and cyclists with a hybrid or mountain bike.|
|Macmillan Way||290 miles (467 km)||This long distance path links Boston in Lincolnshire to Abbotsbury in Dorset. It is promoted to raise money for the charity Macmillan Cancer Relief.
The route starts from Boston and then runs across the Fens to Bourne before joining the limestone belt. You then head to Stamford and then along the shoreline of Rutland Water to Oakham. The trail then heads south and west via Warmington to Stow-on-the-Wold, then into the Cotswolds via Cirencester and Tetbury to Bradford-on-Avon. After leaving the Cotswolds you follow the path through Somerset passing Castle Cary before entering Dorset and the final section to Abbotsbury via Sherborne.
The route joins with other popular trails including the Viking Way at Oakham, the Thames Path National Trail near Thames Head and with the South West Coast Path towards the end of the route.
The Macmillan Way is well waymarked with a green and white disc.
|Messingham Sand Quarry||1 miles (1.5 km)||This pretty nature reserve near Scunthorpe has nice footpaths running around and between a series of lagoons. In the reserve you will find woodland, grassland and marsh. Look out for a wide variety of flora and fauna including orchids, wildflowers, heather and 20 species of butterfly. Wildlife sightings include Teal, wigeon, mallard, pochard, great crested grebes, kingfishers, linnets, chaffinch, bullfinch, great tit, Goldcrest, wren, sparrowhawk, and terns. |
The site has a car park and a waymarked circular footpath to follow around the reserve.
If you would like to continue your walking in the area then you could head to the nearby Laughton Woods. It's located a few miles south west near Scotter.
Also nearby is the lovely Twigmoor Woods with its large ponds and lovely colourful rhododendrons.
|Nene Way||109 miles (176 km)||Follow the River Nene through the beautiful Nene Valley on this fabulous walk through Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire.|
The long distance path runs for over 100 miles, passing Northampton, Wellingborough, Oundle, Peterborough and Wisbech.
The route links with the Knightley Way around the Northamptonshire village of Badby.
|Nev Cole Way||58 miles (93 km)||This walk runs from Burton upon Stather to Nettleton through the Lincolnshire countryside. The walk involves two long riverside stretches, first along the River Trent and then along the south bank of the River Humber. You will pass through Barton-upon-Humber and then Grimsby, before finishing at Nettleton.|
|Normanby Hall Country Park||2 miles (4 km)||Explore the three hundred acres of parkland and woodland surrounding the 19th century Normanby Hall. You can visit the deer park where you can see herds of red and fallow deer then on to the ice house, Victorian laundry, coach house, stables and the splendid Victorian Walled Garden. There is also a lovely woodland section with mature beeches, oaks and sweet chestnuts.|
The park is located a few miles north of Scunthorpe near the village of Burton-upon-Stather.
|Peatlands Way||50 miles (80 km)||This waymarked circular walk takes you through the moorland and lowland raised bogs around the town of Thorne near Doncaster. The walk visits Crowle, Belton, Epworth, Haxey, Kirk Bramwith and Sykehouse. You will also cross the famous Thorne and Hatfield Moors, wildlife sites of national and European importance. The walk includes some easy waterside sections along the River Don and the New Junction Canal.|
|Silver Lincs Way||25 miles (40 km)||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. You will pass through peaceful woodland and the rolling Lincolnshire Wolds while also visiting the pretty villages of Brigsley, Ashby Cum Fenby and Wold Newton.
Walk highlights include the historic churches at Brigsley and Ashby Cum Fenby, with the former dating back to the 11th century. The final section of the walk through Hubbard's Hills Park and along the River Lud is also particularly lovely.
|Snipe Dales Country Park||1 miles (2 km)||Explore 220 acres of country park and nature reserve in the beautiful Lincolnshire Wolds. The park consists of a raised heathland nature reserve and a semi-natural coniferous woodland. There are well designed, waymarked walking trails taking you through the peaceful woodland - look out for Willow warbler, blackcap, chaffinch, chiffchaff, and coal tits. Also visit Peasam Hill with its pretty wildflower meadows including orchid, ragged robin and meadowsweet. The Furze Hill Nature Reserve is also delightful with a pretty stream and a variety of butterflies to look out for: peacock, painted lady, holly blue and small tortoiseshell are regular visitors.|
Snipe Dales is located at the village of Hagworthingham on the tip of the Lincolnshire Wolds AONB. It is also only 4 miles east of Horncastle.
|Spires and Steeples||25 miles (40 km)||This walk runs from Lincoln to Sleaford through a number of historical villages and beautiful countryside. The name refers to the Spires of the churches and to the rural sport of Steeple chasing.
You will pass a series of interesting North Kesteven villages including Heighington, Scopwick, Digby and Ruskington. The scenery on the walk includes flat fens and heath, while there are also two lovely waterside sections along the River Whitham at the start and the River Slea into Sleaford at the end of the walk.
|Stapleford Woods||1 miles (1.5 km)||This area of ancient woodland near Newark-on-Trent has some nice footpaths taking you around the forest. In the woods you will find large Victorian era-planted Rhododendrons and other interesting flora and fauna.
There is a car park off Coddington Lane where you can pick up the circular surfaced walking trail. It runs for just under a mile and is a nice way to spend half an hour. |
To extend your walking in the area you could head a couple of miles west and pick up the Trent Valley Way. The lovely riverside trail runs through Newark-on-Trent and Collingham.
The woods are close to the villages of Coddington and Beckingham which are nice places to go for refreshments after your walk.
|Torpel Way||11 miles (18 km)||This walk runs from Peterborough to Stamford through countryside and agricultural land. The path passes Marholm and Helpston before finishing with a riverside stretch along the River Welland into Stamford.|
|Twigmoor Woods||1 miles (1.5 km)||Enjoy a short stroll around these pretty woods near Scunthorpe. The walking trails take you around the pretty Gull Ponds and past shrubs, conifers and lovely colourful rhododendrons. It's good for wildlife spotting too. Look out for woodpeckers, tree creepers and common warblers. There's a parking area just north of Greetwell which gives direct access to the footpaths. The woods are located just west of Scawby. |
The area has an interesting history. Twigmoor Hall, was the home of Jack Wright, one of Guy Fawkes' co-conspirators in the Gunpowder Plot. Legend has it that the plot was hatched at Twigmoor Hall.
If you would like to continue your walking in the area then you could head to the nearby Messingham Sand Quarry where there are nice footpaths running around a series of lagoons. Also nearby is Laughton Woods with more peaceful woodland trails to try.
|Twyford Wood||2 miles (4 km)||This wood near Grantham has miles of footpaths taking you to conifer woodland, grassland and the lovely Twyford Wood butterfly glades. Here you can look out for dingy and grizzled skipper butterflies.|
The site is a former second world war airfield with a control tower and wide open runways which are good for cycling. There is a small car park at the northern end of the forest where you can pick up the trails. The woods are very close to Colsterworth and Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth, the birthplace of Sir Isaac Newton. Here you can visit the 17th-century limestone house of Woolsthorpe Manor which is owned by the National Trust. This is said to be the site where Newton, observing an apple fall from a tree, was inspired to formulate his law of universal gravitation. The village and manor are only about a mile from the woods. It's a nice place to go for refreshments and to learn about the history of the area after your walk.
The Viking Way passes through nearby Buckminster so this is a good option if you'd like to extend your walking in the area.
|Vermuyden Way||20 miles (32 km)||Explore the Isle of Axholm on this circular walk through the Lincolnshire countryside. The name Isle is given to the area since, prior to the area being drained by the Dutchman Cornelius Vermuyden, each town or village formerly lay on areas of dry, raised ground in the surrounding marshland. |
The walk visits Epworth, Westwoodside and Haxey and the delightful Birds Wood Nature Reserve. There is also a pleasant waterside section along the River Tome.
|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
|Wanderlust Way||20 miles (32 km)||Follow the Wanderlust Way through the Lincolnshire Wolds AONB and enjoy splendid views of the Humber Estuary on this circular walk. The walk takes place just west of Grimsby and visits Bradley Woods, Hatcliffe and Ashby Cum Fenby.|
|Weelsby Woods||2 miles (2.5 km)||This country park has mature trees, woodland, and large grassy areas to explore. The park is located near Cleethorpes and Grimsby. Cleethorpes Country Park is less than a mile away so you could continue your walk there and then along the nearby Cleethorpes seafront.|
|Whisby Nature Park||3 miles (5.5 km)||This large nature reserve near Lincoln has miles of lovely walking trails to follow around a series of lakes. The reserve also consists of grassland, marsh, scrub and a small area of woodland. It's great for wildlife with birds such as Great crested grebe, Coot and Nightingale to look out for. |
There are six waymarked walks taking you around Thorpe Lake, Coot Lake, Grebe Lake and the Dragonfly Lakes. There's also a number of smaller ponds and a large area of grazing marsh. Look out for interesting flora such as the pretty purple marsh orchid and various wildlflowers.
Facilities are very good with car parking, an informative visitor centre and a nice cafe. There's also a number of bird hides from which to observe the wide variety of wildlife.
To continue your walking in the area you could head to the nearby Hartsholme Country Park. The park is only a couple of miles to the north east and has more good footpaths taking you around 200 acres of landscaped gardens, lakes, woodland and grassland. Right next to it you will find Swanholme Lakes Nature reserve where you can look out for more birdlife on the water.
A couple of miles to the east there are nice footpaths to follow along the River Witham into Lincoln.
If you'd like to visit the reserve by bike then you can follow National Cycle Network Route 64 and Regional Route 93 from the centre of Lincoln. This runs to Skellingthorpe, Swinethorpe and Eagle Moor to the north of the reserve. You can also follow Regional Route 93 along the River Witham and Newark Road to the south of the reserve.
|Willow Tree Fen||2 miles (3 km)||This pretty nature reserve near Spalding has three colour coded walking trails to try. The reserve is located on the River Glen so there are nice waterside paths to follow. It is a typical fenland setting with meres, flooded pastures, hay meadows and reedbeds. Look out for lots of water loving wildlife such as black tailed godwit, marsh harriers, wigeon, teal, lapwing, redshank and snipe. You may also spot an otter or water vole by the river. |
The Macmillan Way runs through the reserve along the river so there is scope for extending your walk. Heading west will take you towards Thurlby while heading east takes you into Pinchbeck near Spalding.
Also nearby is Bourne Woods where there are miles of walking and cycling trails through ancient woodland with a mixture of conifers and broad-leaved trees, ponds and sculptures.