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Stepping Out: Thorpe on the Hill

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Stepping Out: Thorpe on the Hill
Author: CountrysideNK, Published: 12 Nov 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Stepping Out: Thorpe on the Hill Walking Guide star1 Stepping Out: Thorpe on the Hill Walking Guide star1 Stepping Out: Thorpe on the Hill Walking Guide star1 Stepping Out: Thorpe on the Hill Walking Guide star0 Stepping Out: Thorpe on the Hill Walking Guide
Lincolnshire, Lincoln
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Stepping Out: Thorpe on the Hill
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot Stepping Out: Thorpe on the Hill Walking Guide
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A 3 mile (4.5km) circular walk from the village of Thorpe on the Hill near Lincoln in Lincolnshire. The walk performs a simple loop through woodland and open countryside with lots of hedgerow birds and lovely views back to the village. 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 fairly flat, with just a couple of gentle gradients. It follows a mixture of farm tracks, grass paths and woodland paths, some of which can get muddy, so good boots are a must. There are no stiles on route, but you will need to negotiate two kissing gates. The vast majority of the farmland is arable, but you will cross one small grass paddock at the start of the route. This was empty when we walked, and there was no sign it had been used for livestock recently, but it may be used again in the future. You are likely to come across gamebirds. The route skirts Tunman Wood. Please note, between October and January there may be shooting activity in and around the wood. Please remember the Countryside Code. Some paths are provided by kind permission of the landowner, please only use the waymarked paths. Where young stock may be present, please make sure your dog is under firm control in these areas. OS Map Explorer 271. Allow 2 hours.

If you are looking for refreshments, the Railway Inn pub is located just north of the village or there is another pub in nearby Eagle. Nearby attractions include Doddington Hall and Gardens and Whisby Nature Park.

Thorpe on the Hill is located about 6 miles south-west of Lincoln and just one mile north of the A46. The walk starts and finishes on the footpath that begins on Main Street. Approximate post code LN6 9BG. If you are coming by car, there is no village car park, so please find a safe roadside parking space, with respect for the local residents. Main Street is too narrow to park along, but there are usually some roadside spaces on Lincoln Lane. If you are coming by public transport, the village bus stops are located on Fosse Lane. For information on bus transport, call Traveline on 0871 2002233 or visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/busrailtravel.

Walk Sections

Start to Barn
Start to Barn

Start point: 53.1788 lat, -0.6449 long
End point: 53.1771 lat, -0.6475 long

The walk starts and finishes from the signed public footpath that begins on Main Street, between houses 13 and 13a. Follow this footpath between a fence and hedgerow, to reach a kissing gate into a grass paddock. Maintain your line to cross this small grass field and exit via the metal kissing gate at the far side. Turn left to join the stone farm track, signed as a public footpath, heading towards a large barn.

Barn to Housham Wood Farm
Barn to Housham Wood Farm

Start point: 53.1771 lat, -0.6475 long
End point: 53.1702 lat, -0.6618 long

Just before you reach the barn, follow the track as it bends right to continue with a hedgerow on your left and a crop field on your right. The track becomes steadily more grass and less stone, before continuing as a grass path with a hedgerow on your right. Part way along this stretch, the path dog-legs right (through a hedge gap) and then left to continue with the hedgerow now on your left and a crop field on your right. Keep a sharp eye out for the numerous hedgerow birds to be found on this walk including finches, buntings and a variety of tits.

At the end of this first crop field on your right, you will see a small waymarker post on your left. If you wish to take a short-cut at this point, you can turn right here and follow the field edge as it bends right again to reach the end of Stocking Wood (from where you can pick up the main route).

For the full route, go straight ahead with the hedgerow on your left and a second crop field on your right. At the end of this second field, go ahead to cross a ditch and you will emerge into the corner of a meadow, with a lone property, called Housham Wood Farm, visible ahead.

Housham Wood Farm to Stocking Wood Exit
Housham Wood Farm to Stocking Wood Exit

Start point: 53.1702 lat, -0.6618 long
End point: 53.174 lat, -0.661 long

Turn right at this meadow corner, passing the end wooden pylon on your right and then following the line of a hedgerow (also on your right). Stay along this field boundary grass path to reach the woodland at the far corner. Continue ahead on the obvious path, with the ditch and open field to your right and the woodland to your left.

The path swings right and then leads you to a path junction, with a fingerpost on your left and a belt of woodland running away to your right. Turn right to join the public footpath which runs through the centre of this woodland belt, known as Stocking Wood. As you emerge from the trees, you will reach a T-junction with a field-edge track, with a fingerpost on your left. It is at this point, that those following the short-cut will rejoin the main route.

Stocking Wood Exit to Green Lane
Stocking Wood Exit to Green Lane

Start point: 53.174 lat, -0.661 long
End point: 53.1782 lat, -0.6624 long

With your back to the exit of Stocking Wood, turn left to join the field-edge track, passing the end of the woodland on your left, with a crop field on your right. Across to your right you will have a good view of the village of Thorpe on the Hill, on top of the rise.

This corner of North Kesteven, once known as the Soke of Eagle, is geologically distinctive. Here, to the west of Lincoln, the curve of the Liassic clay vale is terraced with gravel deposits. Settlements were established on these terraces and so parish boundaries do not follow the classic grid-iron pattern.

After 500 metres, you will pass by a vehicle barrier to reach a T-junction with a stone and grass track (known as a green lane).

Green Lane to End
Green Lane to End

Start point: 53.1782 lat, -0.6624 long
End point: 53.1793 lat, -0.645 long

Turn right onto this green lane and follow the pleasant tree-lined lane bordered by hedgerows. After the first long straight stretch, the lane bears right and begins to climb gently towards the village. At the top of the rise, follow the track as it swings left, leading you through the yard of Home Farm and out to a junction with Station Road. Cross over to the far pavement with care and turn right along this. It will lead you back into the village of Thorpe on the Hill, soon passing the large brick meeting rooms on your right, at the junction with Main Street. This marks the end of your walk, from where you can head back to your car or to the village bus stops.

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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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