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Belton Country Park

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Belton Country Park
Author: marcdevice, Published: 10 Dec 2018 Walk Rating:star1 Belton Country Park, Lincolnshire Walking Guidestar1 Belton Country Park, Lincolnshire Walking Guidestar1 Belton Country Park, Lincolnshire Walking Guidestar1 Belton Country Park, Lincolnshire Walking Guidestar0 Belton Country Park, Lincolnshire Walking Guide
Lincolnshire, Isle of Axholme
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Belton Country Park
Length: 7 miles,  Difficulty: boot Belton Country Park, Lincolnshire Walking Guide
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A 7 mile circular and very accessible walk in an area of north Lincolnshire, renowned for its flat-lands. Most of the route is via public footpaths or bridleways, with no stiles or other difficult obstacles to negotiate. The route circumnavigates the village of Belton and takes in fields, woodlands and farmland, where many animals can be seen including pigs, horses, sheep and alpacas (but you will not be sharing any of the paths with these animals).

The walk starts and finishes at Belton Country Park, which can be found opposite the Belton Household Recycling Centre on the A161 High Street, in between the villages of Belton and Epworth. Parking is free. Approximate post code DN9 1NY.

Walk Sections

Start to Belshaw Lane
Start to Belshaw Lane

Start point: 53.539 lat, -0.822 long
End point: 53.547 lat, -0.8299 long

From Belton Country Park car park, you are offered two routes; ignore the one clearly marked southwest towards the village of Epworth, instead this walk takes the other option heading west (right), past the cowsheds. Follow the path around the outside of the field over the small bridge. Continue around the outside of the field, keeping the drainage ditch on your left, you will make a series of small turns until you reach another footbridge. Exit the field to a lane and continue ahead, heading north west, following the lane. You will see a sign post for a public footpath on your right and Belshaw Lane on your left, go left onto Belshaw Lane.

Belshaw Lane to West End Road
Belshaw Lane to West End Road

Start point: 53.547 lat, -0.8299 long
End point: 53.5457 lat, -0.8532 long

Continue along Belshaw Lane until the road becomes a more rural path. You will see the path leads into a wooded area. Keep walking through these woodlands, with the pig fields on your right-hand side. Depending on the recent weather conditions, this lane can be muddy but is normally always passable. Eventually you will reach the main road, West End Road.

West End Road to Bend Around House
West End Road to Bend Around House

Start point: 53.5457 lat, -0.8532 long
End point: 53.5539 lat, -0.8517 long

When you reach the main road, turn right. After a short walk along the road, on your right you will come to another footpath sign positioned between two small red-brick-built bridges. Turn right and follow this footpath north, keeping in between the two drainage ditches. These two man-made waterways are popular nesting sites for swans which can often be seen navigating the waters.

Bend Around House to Sandtoft Road
Bend Around House to Sandtoft Road

Start point: 53.5539 lat, -0.8517 long
End point: 53.5586 lat, -0.8405 long

Follow the path around the perimeter of a private residence (bending left then right) and you will re-join a path leading away from the property, continuing east along the path. Along this lane you will pass a smallholding and you can often see alpacas and other unusual animals.

At the end of this lane you will reach a T-junction. Turn right and follow the lane in a southerly direction, heading back towards the village of Belton which can be seen on the horizon. Follow the lane as it bends left and leads you to a junction with Sandtoft Road.

Sandtoft Road to Byway
Sandtoft Road to Byway

Start point: 53.5586 lat, -0.8405 long
End point: 53.5606 lat, -0.8317 long

When you reach Sandtoft Road, cross over the road to reach the far pavement and turn right along this, crossing the bridge onto Westgate Road. Follow the roadside pavement ahead (south east) a little way, and prepare to take a left turn off the main road onto another lane. The left turn is into Green Lane and is indicated by a footpath sign on the right of the road. Follow this small residential lane with cottages on either side of the path. After a couple of hundred metres, the tarmac road returns to a more traditional country lane.

You will come to a Y-fork in the path, with options to turn left onto a public footpath or continue straight onto a public byway. Go straight (east), continuing on the byway.

Byway to Woodhouse Lane
Byway to Woodhouse Lane

Start point: 53.5606 lat, -0.8317 long
End point: 53.5626 lat, -0.8183 long

Within 100m you are given another option of continuing straight onto a public footpath, or turning right onto a public footpath. Again continue ahead (east) towards the main road into Belton. Again, depending on the time of year, this track may be muddy.

At the end of the track you will be able to see the main road across to your right. Bear right to walk towards the A161 and, when you reach it, turn right towards Belton village. Look on the left-hand side of the road after the Belton village sign for the entrance to Woodhouse Lane.

Woodhouse Lane to Old Railway Line
Woodhouse Lane to Old Railway Line

Start point: 53.5626 lat, -0.8183 long
End point: 53.5561 lat, -0.8129 long

Turn left into Woodhouse Lane and continue for about 300 metres. When the path forks, take the right-hand branch, away from the residential properties, following the waist-high footpath arrow.

You will eventually reach a T-junction offering footpath options left or right. Turn right and head in a southerly direction past the smallholding building, keeping it on your right-hand side.

At the end of the lane you once again reach a main road. Turn right and head up the road, back towards the village. Keep an eye out on the left for the old railway line, which marks the start of the homeward straight.

Old Railway Line to End
Old Railway Line to End

Start point: 53.5561 lat, -0.8129 long
End point: 53.5388 lat, -0.8217 long

Turn left and continue now southwest along the old railway track, which was decommissioned back during the days of Dr Beeching. The track is pretty much straight all the way until you find yourself back at Belton Country Park where the walk began.

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