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Fulbeck and the Lincoln Cliff

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Fulbeck and the Lincoln Cliff
Author: Claire, Published: 17 Jul 2013 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Fulbeck and the Lincoln Cliff walking guidestar1 Fulbeck and the Lincoln Cliff walking guidestar1 Fulbeck and the Lincoln Cliff walking guidestar1 Fulbeck and the Lincoln Cliff walking guidestar0 Fulbeck and the Lincoln Cliff walking guide
Lincolnshire, Grantham
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Fulbeck and the Lincoln Cliff
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot Fulbeck and the Lincoln Cliff walking guide boot Fulbeck and the Lincoln Cliff walking guide
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A 4.5 mile circular walk from Fulbeck, one of the ‘cliff villages’ that lie on the limestone escarpment known as the Lincoln Cliff or Lincoln Edge that runs from the River Humber down to Grantham. The route follows quiet lanes and field paths giving a peaceful setting in which to enjoy the views north towards Lincoln and across the Trent Valley to east Nottinghamshire.

The walk follows a mixture of village/farm lanes and field and grass tracks, the latter of which can get quite muddy after periods of rain. There are no stiles and just a couple of gates. The walk includes several climbs and descents throughout. Allow 2 hours.

Fulbeck can be found on the A607 Cliff Road, about half way between Lincoln and Grantham. The walk starts from the playing fields car park which is directly opposite the church on the A607. Approximate post code NG32 3JJ.

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Walk Sections

Start to Beck Lane
Start to Beck Lane

Start point: 53.0422 lat, -0.5859 long
End point: 53.0446 lat, -0.5916 long

Leave the car park alongside the bus stop, cross over the main road and take the road just to the left of the Hare and Hounds pub, called Rectory Lane. Follow the lane downhill until you reach a crossroads with Bulby Lane. Turn right along Bulby Lane and continue only as far as the point where the lane swings hard right with a couple of properties ahead and a dead-end lane to the left – Beck Lane.

Beck Lane to Crop Footpath
Beck Lane to Crop Footpath

Start point: 53.0446 lat, -0.5916 long
End point: 53.0474 lat, -0.6176 long

Turn left down Beck Lane, the hedge-lined dead end lane. Follow the tarmac lane ahead and around a dog leg, right then left. Continue past the stone cottage and converted barn of Beck Farm on the left. Keep ahead along the now stone surfaced farm track for some distance further.

Over to the right you’ll see a red brick farm. As you draw level with this, with the track swinging hard right towards it, fork left to keep straight ahead on the field edge public bridleway with a hedge to the left.

If you look to your right at this point, on clear days Lincoln Cathedral will be visible on the horizon. Building of the cathedral commenced in 1088 and it was reputedly the tallest building in the world for more than 200 years for the period 1311 to 1549.

Several hundred yards before you reach the tree line running left to right ahead, look out for a signed crossroads with a footpath.

Crop Footpath to Grass Track
Crop Footpath to Grass Track

Start point: 53.0474 lat, -0.6176 long
End point: 53.0331 lat, -0.6103 long

Turn sharp left here and follow the footpath diagonally through the middle of the crop field. Pass through the gap in the hedge and cross the next crop field in the same direction, heading for a single tree just to the right of the left-hand far corner. (If the crop is tall and the path isn’t ploughed then follow the left-hand field boundary round to the far left corner).

Emerge through the gap in the hedge alongside the tree to reach a quiet lane. Cross the lane and take the bridleway opposite. Turn left and then right to follow the left-hand field boundary. As you draw level with the woodland beginning on the right, cross diagonally to reach the woodland corner and then turn left along the grass path with the woodland directly on your right.

Keep straight ahead on the right hand edge of the next field climbing gradually and passing another section of woodland on the right. At the top of the field, follow the path as it swings right along the top of the woodland. At the end of this short field, swing left to follow the field edge path climbing once again with an open field to the left. At the top you’ll reach a T-junction with a grass track, marked with a three-way signpost.

Grass Track to Footbridge
Grass Track to Footbridge

Start point: 53.0331 lat, -0.6103 long
End point: 53.0375 lat, -0.5934 long

Turn left along the track and take a moment here to enjoy the views from this ridge top position which stretch for miles across the surrounding countryside. Over to the right you’ll be able to see the church spire of Caythorpe Church, which stands 47 metres high.

Keep ahead on the main bridleway passing by a phone mast on the left and then the access track to a farm also to the left. At this point keep ahead as the bridleway becomes a stone track. About 200 yards before you reach the main road ahead, you’ll reach a signed crossroads with a footpath. Turn left onto the path along the field edge with the hedge directly to the right. Just before you reach the top field corner, you’ll come to a footbridge on the right.

Footbridge to End
Footbridge to End

Start point: 53.0375 lat, -0.5934 long
End point: 53.0425 lat, -0.5859 long

Cross the footbridge and then, facing square into the field, take the footpath at 11 o’clock heading for an alleyway between garden fences. Take the narrow footpath between the houses and at the end bear left down the tarmac lane.

Soon you’ll have views ahead across the red-tiled roofs of the properties of Fulbeck village. Poking above the top of the trees you’ll see the bell tower of St Nicholas Church. This has a particularly unusual gothic design topped with eight crocketed pinnacles.

The lane dips and begins to climb again to reach a junction. Go straight ahead into the High Street and follow this climbing fairly steeply. At the next junction, keep straight ahead into Scotts Hill, passing Manor Cottages to the right. At the T-junction at the top (with the side of the pub opposite), cross over and turn right. At the next T-junction cross diagonally left to reach the car park where the walk began.

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1 comments for "Fulbeck and the Lincoln Cliff"

Excellent easy walk with VG pub at finish. Good panoramic views and route easy to follow.
Our first iFootpath venture, will be doing more.

By coffeepot on 12 Feb 2016

The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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