GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Spalding Walks - Near and Around

13 miles (21 km)

This Lincolnshire based market town has some nice waterside walking trails to try through the attractive countryside of the Fens.
This circular walk from the town visits the Willow Tree Fen Nature Reserve, the River Glen and the neighbouring village of Pinchbeck. The walk starts on Sharp's Bridge to the north of the town. Here you can pick up a waterside trail heading south west along Vernatt's Drain to the Nature Reserve. Here you pick up the Macmillan Way and follow it north along the River Glen to Pinchbeck. Head south through the town and it will bring you out near Sharp's Bridge.

Spalding OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Spalding Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near Spalding

  • Willow Tree Fen - This pretty nature reserve near Spalding has three colour coded walking trails to try
  • Macmillan Way - This epic long distance path links Boston in Lincolnshire to Abbotsbury in Dorset
  • Bourne Woods Lincolnshire - Enjoy miles of woodland cycling and walking trails in this large forest in the market town of Bourne, Lincolnshire
  • Grimsthorpe Castle - This fine country house has an expansive estate to explore on a number of footpaths
  • Frampton Marsh - Visit this splendid RSPB nature reserve on the Wash on this circular walk near Boston
  • Boston - This market town in Lincolnshire has some nice riverside trails and a local nature reserve to visit
  • Twyford Wood - This wood near Grantham has miles of footpaths taking you to conifer woodland, grassland and the lovely Twyford Wood butterfly glades
  • Belton House - Explore the stunning grounds of this 17th century mansion in Lincolnshire on this easy circular walk
  • Sleaford - This walk from the town takes you along the River Slea to the neighbouring villages of Anwick and South Kyme
  • Holbeach Marsh - This circular walk explores the Fenland area of Holbeach Marsh in Lincolnshire.
  • Culverthorpe - This circular walk visits Culverthorpe Hall near Grantham in Lincolnshire.
  • Market Deeping - This Lincolnshire based market town is located on theRiver Wellandin theSouth Kestevendistrict of the county, a few miles north of the city of Peterborough.
  • Moulton Marsh - This circular walk visits the Moulton Marsh Nature Reserve near Spalding in Lincolnshire

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just to the east you can enjoy a walk around the pleasant scenery of Holbeach Marsh. Near here there's also the wildlife rich Moulton Marsh Nature Reserve. The man-made reserve features woodland, lagoons, creeks, saltmarsh and nice trails along the River Welland.
A few miles to the south west is the market town of Market Deeping. The historic town includes several 17th century stone buildings, a weekly market dating back to 1220 and a well known stone bridge from the mid 17th century. There's also pleasant walking trails along the River Welland to enjoy here.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Lincolnshire Walks page.


Bridge over the River Welland, Spalding (geograph 2318346)

Bridge over the River Welland, Spalding

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River Welland, Spalding. The river has been canalized in the fens and runs in straight embanked stretches.

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River Welland, Spalding. Showing the terminus of the Spalding Water Taxi and the Lincolnshire Poacher pub.

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River Glen at Willow Tree Fen. Although a remote area, there are a number of features to describe here. The River Glen, running south to north, is channelled to provide drainage and flood protection. The flood banks are further apart than normal here though. Although mainly still arable farming, these are the first cows we have seen since leaving Boston on the Macmillan Way 24 miles earlier. The brick pillars in the middle distance are the remains of a bridge over the river carrying the Bourne to Spalding railway, closed in 1959. Beyond are two poles carrying owl nesting boxes, provided by the Hawk and Owl Trust. Most are inhabited by anything other than owls these days though.


GPS Files

GPX File

Spalding.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

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