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|Stepping Out: Scopwick Loop|
|Author: CountrysideNK, Published: 22 Mar 2018||Walk Rating:|
|A 2.5 mile (4km) easy-access circular walk from the village of Scopwick in Lincolnshire. The walking route follows a simple loop around the surrounding countryside, taking in a beautiful green lane and farm tracks between open fields. There is a beautiful sculpture to discover as well as plenty of wildlife to enjoy 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, with just a few gentle slopes. It follows a mixture of grass tracks, farm roads and farm tracks. 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 1.25 hours.
If you are looking for refreshments, The Royal Oak is located in Scopwick village or The Penny Farthing Inn is located in nearby Timberland.
The village of Scopwick is located on the B1188, about 12 miles north of Sleaford. The walk starts and finishes at the designated Stepping Out parking area, at the end of Vicarage Lane. From the B1188, turn onto Vicarage Lane and continue past the cemetery on your left. Immediately afterwards, you will see the designated parking area on your left, alongside the recreation ground. Approximate post code LN4 3NT. If you are coming by public transport, the bus stops in Scopwick are on nearby Heath Road. For information on bus transport, call Traveline on 0871 2002233 or visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/busrailtravel.
|Start to Trundle Lane|
Start point: 53.1102 lat, -0.4038 long
Before you begin the walk, it is worth visiting the cemetery on Vicarage Lane (just alongside parking area). Go through the lychgate to enter the War Graves Cemetery. At the far end is the white Cross of Sacrifice. Personnel from nearby RAF Digby who have been killed in action are buried here. During World War II many New Zealand and Canadian Air Force personnel were stationed at Digby and their graves predominate, and there are also five German aircrew buried here. One of those buried here is John Magee, a Canadian officer who wrote the poem High Flight. This was quoted by US President Ronald Reagan in the context of the Challenger Space Shuttle disaster. Magee was educated at Rugby School where he won the coveted poetry prize and was killed in a flying accident while stationed at RAF Wellingore in December 1941, aged just 19. Tap the listen button below (App only) to hear an extract of the poem.
|Trundle Lane to Acre Lane|
Start point: 53.1121 lat, -0.4033 long
Follow the grass track called Trundle Lane ahead, keeping your eyes peeled for the plentiful wildlife that inhabits the dense hedgerows each side. About half way along, you will come to a carved wooden sculpture on your right, known as The Seated Lady. The sculpture was created at part of North Kesteven District Council’s New Milestones Scheme. It was carved by Rosie Bradshaw and represents a tree spirit or Dryad.
|Acre Lane to T Junction|
Start point: 53.1142 lat, -0.3847 long
Turn left along Acre Lane, taking care of any occasional access traffic. After about 250 metres you will see the next fingerpost on your left. Turn left here to join the farm track signed as a public bridleway. Follow this farm track ahead for some distance, ignoring the footpath signed off to the right at the first intersecting hedge line.
|T Junction to End|
Start point: 53.1159 lat, -0.4031 long
Turn left at this T-junction, staying with the main farm track which is signed as a public bridleway. After about 300 metres (where the main track swings right), you will reach the next fingerpost. Do NOT follow the farm track, instead go straight ahead on the grass field margin, signed as a public bridleway.
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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|Image by: Richard
Uploaded: 23 Mar 2018
The cemetery on Vicarage Lane at the start of the walk at the far end is the white Cross of Sacrifice.
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