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|Stepping Out: Doddington Circular|
|Author: CountrysideNK, Published: 07 Nov 2017||Walk Rating:|
|A 2 mile (3.2km) circular walk from the village of Doddington near Lincoln in Lincolnshire. The walk explores the distinctive countryside around Doddington and the parkland of Doddington Hall, with lovely views of the hall, the fishpond and the pyramid folly along the way. If you wish to visit the hall and gardens after your walk, opening is limited so check on the Doddington Hall website. 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.
Entry to the parkland is free of charge and dogs are welcome on the estate paths. The walk is relatively flat with only very gentle gradients. It follows a mixture of stone farm tracks, grass bridleways and paths across pastures and crop fields. Some sections can be very churned and muddy after rain and in the winter months, so good boots are a must (and wellingtons recommended in the wettest months). There are no stiles on route, but you will need to negotiate a few kissing gates. Some of the parkland pastures you cross are likely to be holding cattle or sheep. Please remember the Countryside code. Some paths are provided by kind permission of Doddington Hall, please only use the waymarked paths. Where young stock may be present, please make sure your dog is under firm control in these areas. Doddington Hall reserve the right to change/close permissive paths for health and safety reasons. OS Maps Explorer 271 and 272. Allow 1 hour.
If you are looking for refreshments, Doddington Hall has its own farm shop and cafe or there are pubs a short drive away in Skellingthorpe, Eagle or Thorpe on the Hill. Nearby attractions include a few retail stores within the Doddington estate, Whisby Nature Reserve and Daisy Made Ice Cream in Skellingthorpe.
Doddington village is located about 5 miles west of Lincoln. The walk starts and finishes at the free Doddington Hall and Gardens car park on the main B1190 road within the village. There are brown tourism signs to guide you from the A46. Approximate post code LN6 4RB.
|Start to Fishpond Junction|
Start point: 53.2203 lat, -0.6514 long
Leave the car park via the pedestrian exit (in the middle of the car park) to reach the road with the hall directly opposite. Here you will have lovely views of Doddington Hall ahead. Standing guard in the forecourt are four topiary unicorns, representing the Jarvis family crest. More about the hall later…Cross over to the far pavement and turn left along this, passing the hall and farm shop on your right. Pass the estate office on your right and, immediately afterwards, turn right onto the signed public bridleway, a concrete access road which leads you between farm buildings and the cycle cafe and repair shop.
|Fishpond Junction to Woodland Gate|
Start point: 53.2186 lat, -0.6549 long
Turn right onto the signed footpath and pass through the kissing gate to enter the grass pasture. NOTE: This pasture is likely to be holding estate livestock, either cattle or sheep. With your back to the gate, walk diagonally left (about 11 o’clock) on the subtle grass track across the pasture. This straight grass track will lead you directly to the fence corner of another field.
|Woodland Gate to Grass Track|
Start point: 53.222 lat, -0.6617 long
Pass through this kissing gate and continue directly ahead with the woodland on your right and a fenced field on your left. At the end of the field, you are forced to swing right and will emerge to a junction with a stone track, with a black vehicle gate immediately on your left. From this point, cross the track to walk diagonally right (about 1 o’clock) across the crop field, heading for a point immediately to the right of the pylon at the far side of the field. Once alongside this pylon, pass through the hedge gap to reach a T-junction with a bridleway grass track.
|Grass Track to End|
Start point: 53.2239 lat, -0.6676 long
Turn right along the grass track and after 80 metres you will emerge to a junction with a stone farm track. Go ahead to join this and then continue straight ahead, soon passing the woodland on your right. The track ends at a junction with the main road. Immediately before this junction, turn right to join the grass track (signed as a bridleway) with the road and hedgerow on your left and a crop field on your right.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2017 by iFootpath and 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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