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Donington on Bain

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Donington on Bain
Author: Alan45, Published: 22 Sep 2017 Walk Rating:star0 Donington on Bain Walking Guide star0 Donington on Bain Walking Guide star0 Donington on Bain Walking Guide star0 Donington on Bain Walking Guide star0 Donington on Bain Walking Guide
Lincolnshire, Lincolnshire Wolds
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Donington on Bain
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot Donington on Bain Walking Guide boot Donington on Bain Walking Guide
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A 4.5 mile circular walk from the Lincolnshire village of Donington on Bain, that rises gently to a ridge with views over the mix of arable and pastoral farming in the Lincolnshire Wolds. A short way off the track, lie the remains of the RAF Stenigot radar station. The final section follows the Viking Way for one mile of its 147 mile route from the Humber Bridge to Oakham.

The paths are mostly wide and easily walked, though muddy after rain. There are three kissing gates to negotiate and, just before returning to the village, one stile alongside a metal farm gate. When we walked, this adjacent gate appeared padlocked, but could be opened. The short road sections are very quiet, with little traffic. Allow 2 hours.

Donington on Bain lies on the Lincolnshire Wolds just to the east of the B1225, 10 miles south east of Market Rasen and 8 miles to the west of Louth. Approximate post code LN11 9TL. Roadside parking is available opposite the church, on the Primary School side of Main Road (remember this area may be busy at school drop off and pick up times).

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Walk Sections

Start to Ridge Track
Start to Ridge Track

Start point: 53.329 lat, -0.1459 long
End point: 53.3314 lat, -0.1261 long

With you back to the church, turn left to walk eastwards past the village hall and pub on your left. At the bend, where Main Road becomes Station Road, take the path on the left through a kissing gate (this could be bypassed at the time of writing). Follow the path as it rises next to paddocks and farmland, then through wooded areas, to reach a wide bridleway crossing your path. As you approach this junction, look half right to see the remains of the 4 tropospheric scatter dishes and radar tower (Grade II listed). This is the site of RAF Stenigot, a WWII radar station.

Ridge Track to Viking Way
Ridge Track to Viking Way

Start point: 53.3314 lat, -0.1261 long
End point: 53.3481 lat, -0.151 long

Turn left along the bridleway and there are good views over the valley. On the far side dominating the area is the Belmont Mast, broadcasting digital TV signals to Lincolnshire, East Yorkshire and the northern parts of Nottinghamshire and Norfolk. This wide track leads gently downwards, crossing a minor road after which the chimneys of the buildings of Glebe Farm are just visible to the left. Further down the track, a footpath sign points right over fields. Ignore this path and continue forwards, then bear left along a farm access road to meet a tarmac road at a bend. Turn left along the road as it drops down. At the bottom, look for a fingerpost pointing left to a small bridge over a stream. Cross the bridge but do not take the obvious wide track ahead (see next section).

Viking Way to End
Viking Way to End

Start point: 53.3481 lat, -0.151 long
End point: 53.329 lat, -0.1459 long

The footpath does not follow the wide track, but instead takes a rather indistinct route slightly to the right in the direction of a single large tree. Our route works towards the small river at the bottom, over which a footbridge marks the point where we join the Viking Way. Do not cross the footbridge, but bear left to remain east of the river (with the river on your right). Pass through a kissing gate to follow the path beside the river and an area of open water which may have geese on it. To the left, the land rises to the horizon over arable fields. Continue ahead at the end of the open water, ignoring the road bridge to the right, and the path then drops to cross a wooden bridge. Continue to a kissing gate and on to a metal farm gate and stile. (At the time of writing, the steel cable and padlock could be lifted from the post to allow the gate to be opened if required - but please replace if used). Once over the stile, turn right then left along the minor road back to the village where the walk began.

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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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