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Stepping Out: Nocton Wood

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Stepping Out: Nocton Wood
Author: CountrysideNK, Published: 24 Feb 2018 Walk Rating:star1 Stepping Out: Nocton Woodstar1 Stepping Out: Nocton Woodstar1 Stepping Out: Nocton Woodstar1 Stepping Out: Nocton Woodstar0 Stepping Out: Nocton Wood
Lincolnshire, Dunston
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Stepping Out: Nocton Wood
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot Stepping Out: Nocton Wood
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A 3 mile (6.5km) easy-access circular walk from the Dunston Fen picnic site, close to the village of Dunston in Lincolnshire. The walking route heads north to follow a simple circuit around the edge of Nocton Wood, following a stretch of the historic Roman Car Dyke, and enjoying far-reaching views across the fens. 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 includes a few steady gradients and follows a mixture of quiet country roads, grass farm tracks and chalk farm tracks. There is a 1.5km stretch along a country road, so take care of traffic on this part. The tracks can get muddy after rain and are uneven in parts, but in dry periods the surfaces should be suitable for rugged disability buggies or rugged pushchairs. There are no obstacles (kissing gates, stiles or steps) and you will not be sharing any of the paths with livestock. 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 1.5 hours.

If you are looking for refreshments, The White Horse is located at the eastern end of Dunston Fen Lane (alongside the River Witham) or The Red Lion is located in Dunston village.

The walk starts and finishes at the dedicated Dunston Fen Stepping Out car park and picnic site, about 1.5 miles east of Dunston village. Being a remote site, the car park does not have public transport access, nor does it have a dedicated post code. Use the post code LN4 2HB to reach Fen Lane in the village of Dunston. From this point, drive east along this lane (which becomes Dunston Fen Lane) for 1.5 miles. Stay with the lane as it swings left (with Nocton Wood on your left) and, where the lane swings right, fork left into the parking area (signed with a brown Stepping Out tourism sign).

Walk Sections

Start to Wasps Nest
Start to Wasps Nest

Start point: 53.1607 lat, -0.3726 long
End point: 53.1689 lat, -0.3848 long

Standing in the car park with your back to the vehicle entrance, turn right and exit the car park via the arch in the trees, between two wooden benches. You will emerge into a small picnic area. Cross this diagonally right, exit via the fence gap and bear left to join the stone and chalk vehicle track, passing through the wide gateway.

You will notice a wide ditch running on your left, part of the 76-mile long Car Dyke which was constructed by the Romans. This impressive engineering feat controlled freshwater and tidal flows, allowing the fens to be drained. On your right is open fenland. Within North Kesteven, Car Dyke is the dividing line between the limestone uplands of the west and the fenlands of the east. Marsh Harriers can often be seen swooping across the fen skies or dipping in and out of the woodland. They have successfully adapted to breed in the farmed landscape.

Just before you reach the bridge over Nocton Delph, you will see a partially decayed log on your right. If you look carefully you will see that this was once a sculptural carved bench. It once depicted a pheasant, coot, moorhen, heron, barn owl, fox and stoat all waiting for the green lady to kiss the frog and turn it into a prince.

Continue on the vehicle track passing over Nocton Delph and eventually emerging through a gateway to reach a road junction with a farm on your right, within the hamlet of Wasps Nest.

Wasps Nest to T Junction
Wasps Nest to T Junction

Start point: 53.1689 lat, -0.3848 long
End point: 53.1621 lat, -0.3937 long

Turn left to cross Car Dyke via the road bridge and, 30 metres later, you will come to a fork in the road. Take the left-hand branch, a tarmac access road which leads you steadily uphill. At the top of the rise, continue ahead to pass a section of woodland on your left. Just a few paces later, where the access road bends right, you will see a fingerpost on your left.

Turn left here to join the signed public bridleway, a grass avenue lined with trees and fences. At the end of the avenue, stay with the grass path as it bends right, now with a fenced large farm building across to your right and a drainage ditch running on your left. At the end of this path, you will emerge out to a T-junction with a vehicle track, with a fingerpost ahead.

T Junction to End
T Junction to End

Start point: 53.1621 lat, -0.3937 long
End point: 53.1609 lat, -0.3728 long

Turn left to join the vehicle track, with a drainage ditch and minor power lines running on your left. Continue ahead on the track, ignoring a footpath signed off to the right. Beyond this junction, the track continues with open fields (and far-reaching views) to your right and Nocton Wood to your left.

The small-leaved lime woods near Potterhanworth, Nocton and across the Witham at Bardney are remnants of the great post glacial wildwood, where lime was the dominant tree. The Anglo-Saxon word for lime is linden. Lime wood was particularly favoured for use in shield making.

At the end of the track, you will emerge out to a junction with Dunston Fen Lane. NOTE: The final stretch of your walk follows this lane, so take care of any traffic. Turn left along the lane and follow it for 1500 metres, ignoring a side road on your right and eventually bending steadily left around the edge of Nocton Wood. You will come to the car park on your left where the walk began.

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1 Comments for: "Stepping Out: Nocton Wood"

Good day

By footted on 26 Feb 2018

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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