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|Stepping Out: River Witham Circular|
|Author: CountrysideNK, Published: 21 Feb 2018||Walk Rating:|
|A 4.5 mile (7.5km) circular walk from North Hykeham, near Lincoln in Lincolnshire. The walk follows long stretches of riverside paths along the River Witham, with views of Lincoln Cathedral and Lincoln Edge along the way. This walk is part of the Stepping Out network, published through a collaboration between iFootpath and North Kesteven District Council to inspire more people to enjoy the district’s landscapes, ancient woodland, historic buildings and charming villages.
The walk is relatively flat and follows grass riverbanks, field edge paths and one cross-field path, all of which can be muddy (and slippery) after periods of rain or in the winter. There are no stiles on route, but you will need to negotiate kissing gates, small metal gates, two small flights of steps and a couple of (quite generous) squeeze gaps. You will not be sharing the paths with any farm livestock, but you will need to cross one paddock that is likely to be holding horses. Please remember the Countryside Code. Some paths are provided by kind permission of the landowner, please only use the waymarked paths. Where young stock may be present, please make sure your dog is under firm control in these areas. OS Map Explorer 272. Allow 2.5 hours.
Nearby places of interest include the Natural World Centre (at Whisby Nature Park) and Hill Holt Wood. If you are looking for refreshments, there are several pubs within North Hykeham.
North Hykeham is a small town located immediately south of the city of Lincoln. The walk starts and finishes at the playing fields car park on Fen Lane (alongside the Town Council offices and Witham Court NHS facility). Follow the signs for the Town Council and Witham Court from the main road (Lincoln Road) to join Fen Lane, and you will find the playing field car park on your left. Approximate post code LN6 8EY. For information on bus transport, call Traveline on 0871 2002233 or visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/busrailtravel.
|Start to Riverside|
Start point: 53.1863 lat, -0.5762 long
Leave the car park via the vehicle entrance and turn left. Follow the road and then a tarmac track which leads you between Witham Court NHS buildings on your right and the Town Council offices and playing fields on your left. At the end of the track, keep ahead across a ditch to reach a fingerpost. Turn left here to join the signed public footpath, a grass track with the drainage ditch running on your left.
|Riverside to Newark Road Bridge|
Start point: 53.1937 lat, -0.5645 long
Follow the path ahead through the horse paddock and exit via two small metal gates. Now simply continue on the riverbank path heading north, with the River Witham running on your right. The river has an interesting history and this stretch of riverbank is a good place to explore this…
|Newark Road Bridge to Concrete Footbridge|
Start point: 53.202 lat, -0.5552 long
Immediately after the bridge, turn right through the kissing gate to join the opposite river bank. On your left are the Bracebridge Hall fishing ponds, a relic from the time when Bracebridge Hall stood in extensive grounds.
|Concrete Footbridge to End|
Start point: 53.1794 lat, -0.5704 long
At the far side of the footbridge, turn right and immediately fork left onto the track leading you down the grass bank. At the bottom of this short slope, turn left through a small metal gate to join a field-edge footpath (with a hedgerow running on you right). Keep ahead along the edge of two crop fields to reach a crop field ahead. Cross this field at about 1 o’clock (heading for the fingerpost visible on the far side).
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2018 by the author countrysideNK and may not be reproduced without permission.
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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