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|Stepping Out: Around Doddington’s Roads and Bridleways|
|Author: CountrysideNK, Published: 08 Nov 2017||Walk Rating:|
|IMPORTANT NOTE: This walking route includes 2.4 miles of country road walking and so is not suitable for children or dogs.
A 5 mile (8km) circular walk from the village of Doddington in Lincolnshire. The route follows public bridleways and country roads in the distinctive countryside around Doddington, with the final stretch leading you past the fishpond and converted stables within the Doddington Hall grounds. The route is also suitable for cycling. 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.
The walk is relatively flat with only a few gentle gradients. It follows a mix of country roads and bridleway tracks with some sections that can be muddy. Care should be taken on the roads, which account for about 2.4 miles of the route. The roads are usually not very busy, but the traffic is fast moving. There is a narrow grass verge for most of the road walking stretch which will allow you to step out of the road when cars approach, remember always to face the oncoming traffic. There is no livestock and there are no stiles, gates or steps on route. 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 2.5 hours.
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 Lagoon T Junction|
Start point: 53.2204 lat, -0.6514 long
Head out of the car park towards the vehicle entrance. Just a few metres before you reach this entrance, turn right to join the stone path marked as part of the National Cycle Network. Follow this, with the road and church across to your left, and you will emerge onto a side road, Kennel Lane. Turn right along the pavement of Kennel Lane, passing a row of brick cottages on your right. Follow the pavement around two right-hand bends and past a side road, Smythson Green. From this point the pavement ends, so simply keep ahead on the quiet residential road, taking care of any access traffic.
|Lagoon T Junction to Second Crossroads|
Start point: 53.2305 lat, -0.6302 long
Turn right and follow the bridleway, passing alongside a vehicle barrier and then continuing ahead through the gateway to reach an access drive. Keep ahead along the short access drive to reach a T-junction with the road. Turn right to join the pavement along Jerusalem Road. (We will be following this road for the next 2.4 miles of the route, so if you prefer to avoid road walking then it would be better to turn around and retrace your steps from the outward leg.)
|Second Crossroads to Surfaced Bridleway|
Start point: 53.2086 lat, -0.6484 long
Once again taking extreme care, cross over and go straight ahead. Follow this road with a woodland on your left. Continue for the final half mile of road walking, passing Grange Farm on your right and continuing to reach the point where the left-hand woodland ends (and open fields begin). On the right here, you will see a fingerpost marking a public bridleway.
|Surfaced Bridleway to End|
Start point: 53.2091 lat, -0.6597 long
At the first stone track junction, go ahead (ignoring the track to the right). If you look diagonally left (about 10 o’clock) at this point, you will be able to see two wind turbines. Between and in front of them, you will see a small pyramid, one of the follies that sits in the parkland of Doddington Hall.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2017 by 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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