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Willoughton / Hemswell maypole walking route

Willoughton / Hemswell maypole walking route


Three and a half miles.


Willoughton Village bus shelter. Please park carefully in the roads around the main square.


1. Leave the bus shelter, heading along Church Street towards St.Andrew’s Church, but take the first right into and along Middle Street.

2. At the road junction turn left, shortly cross the road, turning right into and along the Long Lane.

3. Passing the racing stables on the right, at the end of the tarmac lane follow the public footpath sign into and through a belt of trees for over a mile.

4. At the end of the tree belt, a gate leads into a paddock, cross and through another gate, bearing diagonally right to a gate at a lane corner.

5. Once in the lane, bear left towards Hemswell. On reaching houses, bear right to a road corner (junction of Dawnhill Lane and Brook Street).

6. Turn left along Dawnhill Lane to the end at a road junction.

7. Turn right into Church Street, proceeding to the Maypole at Maypole Street.

8. Turn right into Maypole Street.    

9. At the end of Maypole Street, bend right along Brook Street to the junction at Dawnhill Lane, retracing your steps to point five. Turn left onto the lane/track known as Southfield Lane. Follow this to its junction with Corringham Road at Willoughton.

10. At the road junction go straight on along Templefield Road, past the Stirrup Inn and back to the start.


The area of the walk is largely flat below a parallel ridge. The footpaths can be muddy in winter especially Southfield Lane. All roads have pavements except the quiet Long Lane and a short stretch of Templefield Road near the Stirrup Inn. Find the public footpath at point three; the wide track is used as a gallop for racehorses.  

There may be movement of strings of racehorses on most of the route (not between points one and two, three and four, seven and eight, nine and six). Dawnhill Lane, Hemswell has another stable. There are three stiles between points four and five.


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


The Stirrup Inn, Templefield Road, Willoughton 01424 668270

There is also a village shop selling snacks. There are other pubs and a garden centre in nearby Kirton in Lindsey which serve meals.


There are no public toilets. The Stirrup Inn has its own facilities for patrons.


OS Explorer 281 Ancholme Valley.

You can also download a PDF version of the route: