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Belton Woodhouse walking route

Belton Woodhouse walking route

Distance

3.3 miles.   

Start

Belton. From the High Street (A161) turn into Jeffrey Lane. A sign indicating Playing Field and bowling green leads along a former railway line. When a gate/stile prevents onwards progress turn right through a gateway into the Playing Field car park.

Route

1. Walk back along the former railway line to Jeffrey Lane, cross the road and continue along this line.

2. When the track ends at King Edward Street, cross and turn right.

3. Near the right hand bend take the first of two tracks going to the left. (The second path is signed Temple Gardens). Our track runs to the right of Stealgoose Drain, follow this track ignoring any side paths.

4. After passing a small rare breeds farm, turn left along another track, which merges, into Woodhouse Lane in the small settlement of Woodhouse.

5. As the lane meets the main road (A161) turn right).

6. Cross the main road, follow a rough lane to the right of Woodhouse Grange Farm.

7. In a few yards turn left along a waymarked track. This is Gares Lane; follow it for over half a mile.

8. Take the first waymarked track to the left. This is Bird Lane.

9. At the road (Westgate Road) turn left for about 150 yards.

10. Cross Westgate Road and follow Mann Lane which soon becomes a track ascending and bending left to cross Belton Fields.

11. The track emerges onto the High Street, turn right and, in a few yards cross and walk along Jeffrey Lane.

12. The Playing Field / Bowling Green sign indicates the way back to the car park.

Terrain

Basically level, although there is a gentle rise after point 10. The majority of the walk is along tracks, a good width, reinforced in places with stones or bricks. Stealgoose Lane follows Stealgoose drain but is not immediately next to it. There are five crossings, three of which involve fairly quiet village roads.

Take care crossing the A161 at Woodhouse, Belton High Street is simpler but again care should be taken. There are no stiles to climb over.

Time

Allow at least an hour and a half to complete the walk at a leisurely pace.

Refreshments

Sir Solomon Inn at Grey Green.

Steer Arms at High Street, Churchtown.

Great Wall Chinese Takeaway (currently evenings only).    

Fish and Chip shop on Westgate Road.    

Toilets

The nearest public toilets are at Belton Picnic Area. Access to the playing field toilets may be possible. Otherwise pubs may be used in opening hours.

Maps

O.S. Explorer 280 Isle of Axholme

You can also download a PDF version of the route below: