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Willoughton walking route

Willoughton walking route

Distance

 2.75 miles.     

Start

Willoughton Village Bus Shelter. Turn off the B1398 Kirton in Lindsey to Lincoln road down hill to the village. The turn is  roughly six miles from Kirton in Lindsey.

Route

1. From the bus shelter go down Church Street to St Andrews Church. Go through the iron gate into the churchyard and follow the flagged path past the church to a kissing gate.

2. Go through the kissing gate and turn right with the boundary on your right, (the remains of moats on your left mark the site of a priory).

3. At the end of the field by a barn go through an old kissing gate into Hollow-gate Hill. Cross the road and proceed up Long Lane.

4. At the end of the tarmac section near John Givens Racing Stables go straight forward through the belt of trees on a clear track that can be muddy.

5. Cross the grass paddock over two stiles and join the track over another stile by a three fingered post. The left hand track leads into Hemswell. We turn right and follow a good track known as Southfield Lane. This can be muddy in the winter.

6. Where the lane bends sharply to the right, go straight on over a ditch board bridge on a signposted footpath with a pond and a small thicket on your right, climb the stile and walk across the grass field to a three step stile at the road.

7. Cross the road, ditch board bridge and stile following the footpath sign and waymark crossing the field over green mounds that mark the site of the Knights Templar’s preceptory. Temple Garth.

8. When you reach the field gate and signpost turn right down the lane and left passing the Stirrup Inn to your starting point.

Terrain

The area of the walk is largely flat. The paths can be muddy, especially Southfield Lane in winter as strings of racehorses use it. The route has six stiles.

Care should be taken between points six and seven as there may be bullocks in the field. If necessary, these can be avoided by following Southfield Lane and turning left onto Corringham Road, rejoining the route just after point seven.

Time

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

Refreshments

The Stirrup Inn, Templefield Road, Willoughton 01427 668270.

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

Toilets

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

Maps

OS Landranger 112 Scunthorpe 6R 930932.

OS Explorer 281 Ancholme Valley.

You can also download a PDF version of the route: