GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

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.
To continue your walking in the area head just a few miles west to visit Covenham Reservoir. There's some lovely waterside trails and lots of birdlife to look out for here. You can also pick up the Louth Canal and enjoy a walk along the towpath, just to the east of the reservoir.


LN11 7PD - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Donna Nook Nature Reserve OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Donna Nook Nature Reserve Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head south along the coast and you could visit the worthy village of Saltfleet where there are nice views of the photogenic Saltfleet Haven and the wildlife rich Saltfleetby - Theddlethorpe Dunes National Nature Reserve to explore. The historic village also includes a series of listed buildings including a 13th century church, a 19th century windmill and two fine local pubs dating back hundreds of years.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Grey seal pup, Donna Nook - - 288340

Grey seal pup, Donna Nook. One of the most amazing places to visit when the pups are there. With over 700 grey seal pups as well as 100+ bulls and 600+ cows it is well worth a visit.

Donna Nook - Beach and Dunes - - 1497133

Beach and Dunes

Fence at Donna Nook - - 2303872

Fence and dunes

Donna Nook - - 1497124

When the seals have gone.

A young seal at Donna Nook - - 845239 (cropped)

A young seal at Donna Nook. This cute seal is just a few days old, and already has learned that any part of the body will do for sleeping on, side, back, tummy, it all works. Also, posing for the camera is not too hard.

Lagoon, Sand Haile Flats - - 546442

Lagoon, Sand Haile Flats


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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