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Stepping Out: South Rauceby and Rauceby Hall

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Stepping Out: South Rauceby and Rauceby Hall
Author: CountrysideNK, Published: 09 Jan 2018 Walk Rating:star1 Stepping Out: South Rauceby and Rauceby Hall Walking Guide star1 Stepping Out: South Rauceby and Rauceby Hall Walking Guide star1 Stepping Out: South Rauceby and Rauceby Hall Walking Guide star1 Stepping Out: South Rauceby and Rauceby Hall Walking Guide star0 Stepping Out: South Rauceby and Rauceby Hall Walking Guide
Lincolnshire, South Rauceby
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Stepping Out: South Rauceby and Rauceby Hall
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Stepping Out: South Rauceby and Rauceby Hall Walking Guide boot Stepping Out: South Rauceby and Rauceby Hall Walking Guide
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A 4 mile (6.5km) circular walk from the village of South Rauceby in Lincolnshire. The walking route performs a simple route around the edge of Rauceby Park and through peaceful arable farmland, providing a wonderful escape and reminders of the past. 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 has a few gentle gradients throughout but there is nothing too steep. It follows a mixture of roadside pavements and stone or grass farm tracks, plus one path across an arable field. Some of the tracks are uneven, rutted and can be muddy in winter or after periods of rain. There are no gates, stiles or steps on route and you will not be sharing any of the paths with livestock. 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 272. Allow 2 hours.

If you are looking for refreshments, the Bustard Inn is at the start and the end of the walk in South Rauceby. Nearby attractions include Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre.

South Rauceby village is located about 3 miles west of Sleaford. The walk starts and finishes on Main Street, outside the Bustard Inn. If you are coming by car, there is roadside parking along the length of Main Street. Approximate post code NG34 8QG. If you are coming by public transport, there are bus stops on Main Street very close to the start point. For information on bus transport, call Traveline on 0871 2002233 or visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/busrailtravel.

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Walk Sections

Start to Pinfold Lane
Start to Pinfold Lane

Start point: 52.9978 lat, -0.473 long
End point: 52.9956 lat, -0.4698 long

The walk starts on Main Street in South Rauceby, outside the Bustard Inn. This village pub was constructed in 1860, replacing the older pub that was demolished to accommodate the south gate of Rauceby Park. It is thought that its name commemorates the last Great Bustard shot in Lincolnshire.

Standing with your back to the front entrance for the Bustard Inn, turn left along the pavement, leaving the pub behind to your left. Follow the pavement as it swings right and then leads you ahead to reach one of the parkland entrance gates for Rauceby Park on your left. Do NOT enter these gates, instead turn left immediately afterwards into the side road called Pinfold Lane.

Pinfold Lane to Hall Farm
Pinfold Lane to Hall Farm

Start point: 52.9956 lat, -0.4698 long
End point: 52.9981 lat, -0.4628 long

Follow the pavement along Pinfold Lane, with the sheep-grazed parkland of Rauceby Hall across to your left. Just before the end of the houses on your right, ignore the continuation of Pinfold Lane which turns right, instead keep straight ahead to join the tarmac access track, a permissive route within the Rauceby estate.

Ignore the footpath signed right into woodland, instead stay with the main tarmac access track which swings left and then right to reach the buildings of Hall Farm ahead. At the fork in the track here, take the right-hand branch which leads you past Hall Farm on your left.

Hall Farm to Summer Plantation
Hall Farm to Summer Plantation

Start point: 52.9981 lat, -0.4628 long
End point: 53.0063 lat, -0.446 long

Beyond the farm buildings, keep straight ahead on the stone farm track with a hedgerow on your left and open crop fields to your right. After only about 100 metres, stay with the main stone track as it turns left, leading you gently uphill to pass through a copse of trees. As you emerge from the trees, follow the track which turns immediately right, passing the copse on your right and then passing a second copse on your left. At the end of this second copse, glance to your left and you will see a sculptural bench, Boggart’s Bench, depicting a shepherd sitting with his sheep.

Ignore the side turn at this bench, instead keep ahead on the farm track with far-reaching views all around. After about 900 metres, you will come to a junction with a tall metal fingerpost on your left (this is just after passing the buildings of Field Farm which are visible across to your right, and as you draw level with the end of Summer Plantation which is visible across to your left). Turn left at this junction and follow the grass track which leads you uphill to pass the end of Summer Plantation on your left.

Summer Plantation to Cross Field Path
Summer Plantation to Cross Field Path

Start point: 53.0063 lat, -0.446 long
End point: 53.0095 lat, -0.4527 long

After passing the plantation, keep ahead on the farm grass track which passes through a dip to cross a small stream, called Field Beck. Continue ahead on the track to reach a small waymarker post where the track bends left. Follow the track around this left-hand bend and keep ahead to reach the next tall metal fingerpost, marking a T-junction with a bridleway.

Turn left here to join the public bridleway, a grass track which soon swings right, passes another fingerpost and then narrows to become a grass path along the field edge. About 80 metres before the end of the field, you will come to a yellow-topped waymarker post which marks the start of a cross-field path.

Cross Field Path to Drove Lane
Cross Field Path to Drove Lane

Start point: 53.0095 lat, -0.4527 long
End point: 53.0065 lat, -0.4527 long

The official route follows the public footpath across the field at this point so, if you can, turn left here and follow the path across the crop field to reach the next waymarker post visible in the tree line at the far side. However, if the field is impassable due to ploughing or crops, it is an easy detour to follow the field edge (ahead, left and left again) to reach this waymarker post instead.

Re-cross the stream, Field Beck, to reach this second waymarker post. Turn immediately right for a few paces to reach the field corner and then turn left to continue along the field edge. Part way along this field boundary, turn right at a fingerpost to join a wider grass track between hedgerows, an ancient thoroughfare known as Drove Lane.

Drove Lane to End
Drove Lane to End

Start point: 53.0065 lat, -0.4527 long
End point: 52.9982 lat, -0.4732 long

Follow Drove Lane for 1.7km, ignoring any footpaths signed off to the sides. Limestone loving plants once common to old-fashioned meadows can still found on the verges of Drove Lane. You will emerge out to a T-junction with Tom Lane. Turn left to join the pavement, passing the village school on your right and then the main entrance gates and lodge of Rauceby Hall on your left.

Rauceby Hall was built by Anthony Peacock and was completed in 1846. During the Second World War the hall was requisitioned by the Royal Air Force, but today remains in the hands of the family that built it. Immediately after the hall gates, you will see the next sculptural bench on your left. If you look closely, you will see that this one depicts a sleeping shepherd, surrounded by his sheep and other animals.

Continue on the pavement alongside Tom Lane, with the beautiful parkland of Rauceby Hall and glimpses of the hall itself on your left. This pavement leads you directly back to the T-junction with Main Street, alongside the Bustard Inn where the walk began.

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1 comments for "Stepping Out: South Rauceby and Rauceby Hall"

We enjoyed the walk and will do again. The walk is uneven but not too strenuous and the small stream was a nice place to take as rest. We are steady walkers so it took us just over 2hours, we clocked up 12157 steps. Highly recommended a visit to the Bustard Inn, it's a beautiful pub and has beer garden.

By vos2018 on 07 Apr 2018

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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