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Woolsthorpe by Belvoir and Grantham Canal

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Woolsthorpe by Belvoir and Grantham Canal
Author: Claire, Published: 18 Jul 2013 Walk Rating:star1 Woolsthorpe by Belvoir and Grantham Canal Walking Guide star1 Woolsthorpe by Belvoir and Grantham Canal Walking Guide star1 Woolsthorpe by Belvoir and Grantham Canal Walking Guide star1 Woolsthorpe by Belvoir and Grantham Canal Walking Guide star0 Woolsthorpe by Belvoir and Grantham Canal Walking Guide
Lincolnshire, Grantham
Walk Type: River or lakeside
Woolsthorpe by Belvoir and Grantham Canal
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot Woolsthorpe by Belvoir and Grantham Canal Walking Guide boot Woolsthorpe by Belvoir and Grantham Canal Walking Guide
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A 5 mile circular walk from the small Lincolnshire village of Woolsthorpe by Belvoir, which sits on the county border with Leicestershire. The village is most famous for the nearby Belvoir Castle and the impressive 19th century fortress dominates the hilltops here and is visible for most of the walk, giving it a strange fairytale-like feel. The route explores the village then moves on to a stretch of the Grantham Canal towpath before returning via an ancient lane and a stretch of the Viking Way.

The route has just a few gentle inclines and the paths are a mixture of pavements, stone lanes/paths and grass towpaths/field paths, the latter of which will be muddy after wet weather. The final large hillside pasture you cross is used for grazing cattle so take care with dogs at this point. There are several gates plus two stiles, both of which have gaps alongside that will be suitable for most dogs. Approximate time 2 to 2.5 hours.

Woolsthorpe by Belvoir (not to be confused with Woolsthorpe by Colsterworth which is further south) is about 5 miles west of Grantham, sandwiched between the A607 and the A52. From the A1, take the A607 west to Denton, then turn right onto Denton’s Main Street and keep left and then right onto Belvoir Road. Once you reach Woolsthorpe by Belvoir, turn left along Main Street. The walk starts from the Village Hall/Surgery/Playing Field car park which you’ll find further along Main Street on the left. Approximate post code NG32 1LX.

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Walk Sections

Start to Canal Bridge
Start to Canal Bridge

Start point: 52.8971 lat, -0.7564 long
End point: 52.9071 lat, -0.7479 long

Leave the car park and turn right along Main Street, passing the Chequers pub over to the right and the village shop/post office to the left. When the properties on the left end, glance over the hedge and you’ll get your first glimpse of Belvoir Castle sitting high above the trees.

Keep straight ahead at the crossroads signed to Sedgebrook and Bottesford. Keep ahead on the left hand pavement passing properties on the right, coming out of the village and continuing some distance further. Take a few moments to glance back over your left shoulder to really appreciate the views of Belvoir Castle.

Belvoir Castle (pronounced Beaver Castle), is the seat of the Dukes of Rutland and one corner of it is still used as the home of the Manners family. Originally a Norman castle stood on the site and the current castle (dating from the early 1800s) is the fourth building since Norman times. With its superficial resemblance to a medieval castle and a central tower similar to the one at Windsor Castle, the castle has an air of the fairytale about it. The name translates as ‘beautiful view’ and it is easy to imagine the tremendous views that the hilltop position affords.

As the pavement ends, just before the lane bends left, turn right down the quiet side lane signed to the Rutland Arms and Dirty Duck. Follow the lane with wide grass verges and the power lines running to the right. At the end of the lane you’ll reach the bridge over the Grantham Canal.

Canal Bridge to Longmoor Lane
Canal Bridge to Longmoor Lane

Start point: 52.9071 lat, -0.7479 long
End point: 52.9181 lat, -0.7405 long

Cross the bridge and turn left through the wooden kissing gate and join the grass towpath with the canal running directly to the left.

The Grantham Canal has a similar history to many others in the UK, but lacking the happy ending to the tale (just yet!). Built in the 1790s as a link between Nottingham and Grantham, it was used to transport coal from the Nottingham and Derbyshire coalfields to the Grantham area. The canal fell out of use when the Belvoir branch railway was built (the long grass strip to your right is the line of it) and it was abandoned in 1936. Unlike similar canals, full restoration has not been completed and in many places the waterway is entirely overgrown. The Grantham Canal Society is in the process of restoring the canal and is currently applying for funding to restore more locks in the Woolsthorpe Flight.

Continue on the towpath for some distance. Eventually on the left you’ll pass the old Woolsthorpe Lock – until recently this had no lock gates and was just a weir running down to the point where the canal became entirely overgrown with reeds, however long term restoration began in 2017. A little distance further you’ll see a brick arched bridge (Number 60) over the canal. Just before you reach it, fork right up the wooden steps and cross over the low barrier to reach the road.

Turn right along the road and you will cross over the old railway – now part of the national cycle network. Ignore the Viking Way footpath off to the right, instead keep ahead on the quiet lane between lines of beautiful oak trees. Continue beyond the lines of trees until you reach a left-hand bend in the lane marked with a chevron sign. Turn right here onto Longmoor Lane.

Longmoor Lane to Bridle Bridge
Longmoor Lane to Bridle Bridge

Start point: 52.9181 lat, -0.7405 long
End point: 52.9048 lat, -0.7303 long

Follow Longmoor Lane ahead – a stone lane with ancient hedgerows running each side. If you look over the hedge on the right, you’ll see that Belvoir Castle is still dominating the skyline.

Some distance in, ignore the track off to the right and keep ahead on the main branch of the lane which narrows to a stone path. As you approach the arched bridge ahead, fork right in front of it to reach a T-junction with the canal towpath. Turn left passing under the bridge (Number 62) and follow the towpath with the canal on the right. Continue until you reach Bridle Bridge (Number 63), a small wooden arched bridge over the canal.

Bridle Bridge to Cliff Road
Bridle Bridge to Cliff Road

Start point: 52.9048 lat, -0.7303 long
End point: 52.8946 lat, -0.7443 long

Cross Bridle Bridge and keep ahead to cross a small stone sleeper bridge over a ditch (take care as the stones are very uneven). Keep straight ahead over the centre of the crop field in front of you, passing to the right of the two oak trees within the field.

At the far side, pass through the gate and cross the narrow path to go through the gateway opposite. Follow the field edge path climbing gradually with the hedge on the left. At the top of the field you’ll come to a T-junction with a wide grass track.

Turn left along this track – part of the Viking Way –passing between hedgerows and trees. The Viking way is a 147 mile long distance path running from the Humber Bridge in N Lincolnshire to Oakham in Rutland, passing through the grounds of Lincoln Cathedral on route.

As you pass under a large sycamore tree, views will open up over the fence on the left across the rolling hills to the south. Soon afterwards, ignore the footpath to the left over a stile. A few yards later, ignore the footpath forking right into a crop field, instead stay on the main track as it bends left. You will emerge to a T-junction with Cliff Road.

Cliff Road to End
Cliff Road to End

Start point: 52.8946 lat, -0.7443 long
End point: 52.8972 lat, -0.7556 long

Turn right along the road edge taking care of any oncoming traffic. Just as the road begins to slope downhill, you’ll reach a crossroads with footpaths off to the right and left. Cross over the road to turn left onto the footpath heading into a small belt of woodland.

Follow the path as it swings gently right then left and you will come to a stile into a large hillside pasture (probably holding cattle). Cross the stile and turn right keeping close to the right-hand fence and woodland as you follow the edge of the large pasture downhill. At the bottom corner of the woodland, keep ahead to reach the stile in the bottom boundary. Cross this to reach the cricket field ahead, and turn left along the top hedgeline alongside the playing fields now on the right. Swing right (heading for the castle) across the playing fields to reach the car park where the walk began.

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6 comments for "Woolsthorpe by Belvoir and Grantham Canal"

Good walk. The lock prior to Bridge 60 is undergoing long term renovation, so the comments in the walk directions are a bit out of date.

ADMIN RESPONSE: Glad you enjoyed the walk and thanks for the info, we have updated the guide to let walkers know about the long term restoration.

By Johnwarman on 12 Aug 2017

14th May 2017. Good walk. clear direction. Because of restoration of lock 14 steps up to the road at bridge 60 not accessible. Step bank instead until lock repaired.

By KevinE on 14 May 2017

H Shinn: First walk from the iFootpath recommended walks. Woolsthorpe on the Nottinghamshire Leicestershire Lincolnshire border. Good clear directions and a good walk.

By Facebook on 17 Aug 2015

Great walk, with fantastic directions plenty of off leash time for the dog which is always a bonus.

By dufc3115 on 09 Apr 2015

Nice scenic walk. Good clear directions, thanks. Had 2 dogs who enjoyed being off the lead for most of the walk

By bennett on 25 Aug 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed this walk today, Sunday 10 Nov 2013. The directions and markers were excellent and easy to follow. It was a lovely quiet walk on a beautiful sunny day. Some parts of the paths were quite muddy so you do need suitable boots/shoes, but it had been raining the day before. I did have to convince my husband that we didn't need the Sunday roast that was smelling good from the pub in the village near where we parked the car, and instead eat our sandwiches in the sun!!

By mike2165 on 10 Nov 2013

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Key Image (required)

This is the main photograph used to illustrate the walk and can, if you wish, be the only photograph used of the walk. We recommend that you use a picture that characterises the walk, if possible, to show potential walkers what they might find or see. The picture must be in any of the main image formats (JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG) and image files up to 2Mb in size are permitted. Once an image is uploaded it will be resized automatically and a smaller version saved that is optimised for viewing on both this website and iFootpath Mobile.

There are many image editing and manipulation applications available, so many that we cannot make particular recommendations although almost all are excellent. Our preferred way of saving images for iFootpath is to save or export them at a maximum size of 1024x1024 pixels as a JPEG file. This creates a file that is well under 2Mb in size, contains plenty of detail and displays well in almost any browser. Please be sure that you own the copyright to any images uploaded - you must have taken them yourself or have explicit permission. If you are concerned about image theft then we also suggest you include a small watermark in any corner of the image, but please remember that large watermarks that hide the image will not be popular with viewers!

Pdf file

Pdf file for walk

Icon (recommended)

The icon is a small image, 60 pixels square, used to provide a label for the walk when displayed in lists or in iFootpath Mobile. It is recommended that a small, square image for such use is created and uploaded. This should be in JPEG, GIF, BMP or PNG format and less than 100Kb in size. If you do not provide an icon the walk will be automatically given a generic system icon. If you do upload a photograph for the walk icon its size will be checked by the system and it will automatically be resized to 60 pixels square. However, please also note that if the image is not square in format it may be cropped and you will not get the result you might have expected. Just thought you should know!

Getting There (required)

This provides a text area to explain how to get to the start of the walk. It is good to include a post code.

Preview

This function allows you to see how your published walk would look, before you submit as 'Ready' for review.

Status

When a walk is created and saved in iFootpath its status is automatically set to 'Draft'. This implies that you are still working on it and may want to come back later to add walk sections, images or other information. When you are ready for the walk to be shared with other iFootpath registered users then the status should be changed to 'Ready'. This will automatically notify the system that you want to share the walk. The system will check to ensure you have completed the required information and alert a reviewer. The reviewer will read through to check the content is clean and consistent with our terms of use. This does not check the accuracy of the walk details or any other information. If there are issues with the contents you will be contacted by email. The walk status will also be reset to 'Draft' in this case. More likely, however, that everything is fine in which case its status will be set to 'Published' at which point it becomes available for viewing and downloading by any registered user of iFootpath. This includes download to iFootpath Mobile.

Filters

Filters allow you to narrow down your search for walks of interest. By County restricts the list of walks to those in the selected County. The Filters links at the top of the list page allow you to jump quickly to the filters or to clear them.

Keyword Search

The Keyword search facility will search through the walk descriptions and notes to find words or phrases you specify.

My GPX Files

This page gives you the list of GPX files that you have uploaded from iFootpath mobile (or from other sources). You are able to view, edit, delete or download these files. Once you are happy with your GPX file you can 'convert to walk' to create a draft walk based on this data. This walk will appear under 'Manage My Walks'.

Manage My Walks

The list of walks presented are those you have written and entered into iFootpath. From here you can filter the list if you have lots to narrow down your search, list all or just those with a particular status. If you select a 'Published' or 'Ready' walk you will see a read-only version of your walk, although if 'Ready' you can reset status to 'Draft' again for further editing.

Walk Sections in iFootpath

Each walk section represents a particular piece of a walking route. The start and end of each section are defined by waypoints. Each section joins onto the next to form the complete walk. There is no limit to the number of sections a walk can have, but on a long walk we recommend breaking the route down into manageable pieces that are delineated by particular landmarks, turnings or changes in obvious route. Each section has its own photograph and descriptive text which should hold a photograph that illustrates the section and any instructions or other notes you want to add that may be of use in helping navigation or pointing things out.

Section Title (required)

The section title is used to provide a short name for the section. It is useful in section titles to provide an indication of the start and end, so using names of landmarks, roads, etc is a useful aid. Sections will be named automatically as the name of the waypoint at the end of that section. It is recommended that you rename the sections as something more useful to walkers.

Section Description (required)

This field is used to provide as much information as you wish about the walk section. This should include notes on navigation, even if obvious, and any further information you care to share about views, historical notes, things to look for, etc.

Key Image (recommended)

A picture can save many words and will often be very useful in helping to navigate or spot things along the route. The picture must be in any of the main image formats (JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG) and image files up to 2Mb in size are permitted. Once an image is uploaded it will be resized automatically and a smaller version saved that is optimised for viewing on both this website and iFootpath Mobile.

Our preferred way of saving images for iFootpath is to save or export them at a maximum size of 1024x1024 pixels as a JPEG file. Please be sure that you own the copyright to any images uploaded - you must have taken them yourself or have explicit permission.

Map Ref (optional)

This allows the OS Map reference for the start and end of the section to be entered. These should be in the format:

AB 123 456

Further details of this system can be seen on the Ordnance Survey website.

Start/End Point (optional)

This provides the facility to capture the co-ordinates for the start and end points of the walk section. iFootpath will automatically complete this field based on the GPX file used to create the walk.

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