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|Woolsthorpe by Belvoir and Grantham Canal|
|Author: Claire, Published: 18 Jul 2013||Walk rating : Rating:|
|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.
|Start to Canal Bridge|
Start point: 52.8971 lat, -0.7564 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.
|Canal Bridge to Longmoor Lane|
Start point: 52.9071 lat, -0.7479 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.
|Longmoor Lane to Bridle Bridge|
Start point: 52.9181 lat, -0.7405 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.
|Bridle Bridge to Cliff Road|
Start point: 52.9048 lat, -0.7303 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.
|Cliff Road to End|
Start point: 52.8946 lat, -0.7443 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.
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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|
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|
Great walk, with fantastic directions plenty of off leash time for the dog which is always a bonus.
|By dufc3115 on 09 Apr 2015|
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|
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|
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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