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Stepping Out: Around Doddington’s Roads and Bridleways

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Stepping Out: Around Doddington’s Roads and Bridleways
Author: CountrysideNK, Published: 08 Nov 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Stepping Out: Around Doddington’s Roads and Bridleways Walking Guide star1 Stepping Out: Around Doddington’s Roads and Bridleways Walking Guide star0 Stepping Out: Around Doddington’s Roads and Bridleways Walking Guide star0 Stepping Out: Around Doddington’s Roads and Bridleways Walking Guide star0 Stepping Out: Around Doddington’s Roads and Bridleways Walking Guide
Lincolnshire, Lincoln
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Stepping Out: Around Doddington’s Roads and Bridleways
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot Stepping Out: Around Doddington’s Roads and Bridleways Walking Guide boot Stepping Out: Around Doddington’s Roads and Bridleways Walking Guide
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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.

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Walk Sections

Start to Lagoon T Junction
Start to Lagoon T Junction

Start point: 53.2204 lat, -0.6514 long
End point: 53.2305 lat, -0.6302 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.

At the end of the road, continue straight ahead to join the grass track signed as a public bridleway, with a tree line on your right and open fields to your left. The dense trees and hedgerow on your right make the perfect habitat for birds and, in the autumn, you are likely to see flocks of birds enjoying the berry and seed bounty. When you reach a gap within the right-hand hedgerow, take a moment to look ahead to your right (about 1 o’clock) for a lovely view of Lincoln Cathedral on the horizon.

Further along, the bridleway track continues ahead, now with a woodland on your left. Eventually, as you emerge from the woodland, you will see a large industrial plant across to your right (a rendering plant that processes animal by-products). The grass bridleway continues ahead, passing an old horse jump and one of the factory’s lagoons on your right. At a fork, take the right-hand branch and a few metres later, at the end of the lagoon, you will reach a T-junction with another bridleway path.

Lagoon T Junction to Second Crossroads
Lagoon T Junction to Second Crossroads

Start point: 53.2305 lat, -0.6302 long
End point: 53.2086 lat, -0.6484 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.)

Follow the pavement passing a long row of houses on your right. After this point the pavement ends, so continue walking along the right-hand edge of the road (facing the oncoming traffic) and using the grass verge to step out of the way of oncoming cars. The road is usually not very busy but the traffic is fast moving so do take care. Halfway along this stretch of road walking you will reach a crossroads with the B1190. Take particular care at the junction and go straight ahead. This road takes you around a right-hand bend and then takes you to a second crossroads.

Second Crossroads to Surfaced Bridleway
Second Crossroads to Surfaced Bridleway

Start point: 53.2086 lat, -0.6484 long
End point: 53.2091 lat, -0.6597 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.

Turn right to join this bridleway, an unmade path which runs through the trees. Stay along the left-hand edge of the woodland belt, ignoring any cycle paths signed to the right. As you emerge from the trees, keep straight ahead to join the surfaced section of bridleway, with a hedgerow on your right and open countryside on your left.

Surfaced Bridleway to End
Surfaced Bridleway to End

Start point: 53.2091 lat, -0.6597 long
End point: 53.2205 lat, -0.6511 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.

Further along, the three domes on the rooftop of Doddington Hall come into view just above the hedgerow. Doddington Hall is a very fine late Elizabethan Mansion, completed in 1600. It was built by Robert Smythson for Thomas Tailor, who was the registrar to the Bishop of Lincoln, and has enjoyed more than 400 years of unbroken family occupation.

Eventually you will emerge to a T-junction with a concrete track within the parkland. If you glance to your right here and you will see the pretty arched bridge across the fishpond. Fork right to join the concrete track and follow this uphill. You will pass the fishpond on your right and then pass between various estate buildings that have been converted into accommodation, shops and workshops. You will emerge to a junction with the road. Turn left along the pavement to reach Doddington Hall on your left and the car park where the walk began on your right.

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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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