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Melton Ross / New Barnetby airport walk walking route

Melton Ross / New Barnetby airport walk walking route

Distance

Three miles

Start

At hill top road junction above New Barnetby. From the A18 in Melton Ross, take the Bigby Road. After Mill Farm (on the left) take the first unmarked road on the left, just before the road down to Barnetby.

Continue along this road to its end at a junction. Use the wide verges here at this road junction at the hilltop.

Route

1. Take the way marked footpath to the left of a derelict building, continue to a stile.

2. Cross the stile and walk diagonally left across a field to a stile in the hedge.

3. Cross this stile, follow the headland path, hedge on your right. At the field end continue straight on.

4. Cross an unsurfaced road, continue on, now to the right of a hedge.

5. When the hedge ends, cross a field descending towards trees, aiming just to the right of the distant Airport Control Tower.

6. Enter the copse, cross a wooden footbridge between two ponds, walk to the left of an old farm following a fence (on your left) through a gate to a road.

7. Turn left (a row of conifers on your right).

8. Take first left onto a farm road gaining entry through an unusual walker-friendly gate.

9. At Stonecroft House Farm bear right round and alongside a narrow plantation; at its end continue ahead across the field initially to a telegraph pole in the middle, then aiming towards a lamppost with a fir tree behind it at New Barnetby.

10. Turn left up the long, ascending road back to the starting point.  

Terrain

The walk starts on a hilltop, descending, following field headland paths, and crossing an arable field using two stiles, continuing along headland paths, steadily descending to point five. The route crosses a second arable field dropping more steeply, then levels out from point six.

The route then uses quiet farm roads rising a little to Stonecroft House Farm. A level headland path passes the plantation then continues, still level, across the last arable field to New Barnetby.

The road ascends relentlessly; there are no pavements – wide verges. Traffic is very light as the level crossing at New Barnetby is usually closed to vehicles.

Time

Allow between an hour and a half to an hour and three quarters. This is a more demanding walk.

Refreshments

Stables Farm Shop and Tea Room at Hall Farm, Melton Ross 01652 680844.

There are other food outlets in Barnetby or in nearby Wrawby.

Toilets

The nearest public toilets are in Brigg. The Farm Shop has toilets for patrons only. 

Maps

OS Explorer 281 Ancholme Valley.

You can also download a PDF version of the route: