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|Stepping Out: Blankney Circuit|
|Author: CountrysideNK, Published: 12 Jan 2018||Walk Rating:|
|A 4 mile (6km) circular walk close to the village of Blankney in Lincolnshire. The walking route explores the local countryside, once part of Lincoln Heath and now a patchwork of arable farming and sections of woodland. 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 walking route is relatively flat, with only very gentle gradients. It follows mostly stone or grass farm tracks, with a couple of paths across grass fields and some stretches that can get muddy in winter or after periods of rain. Most of the land is arable, but you will cross one pasture twice (at the beginning and end) which is likely to be holding sheep (or other livestock). You will need to negotiate a couple of footbridges, a kissing gate and three stiles (the first two stiles have built-in dog gates and the third stile can be avoided completely by following a short stretch of quiet lane instead). 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, there are pubs in two nearby villages; The Royal Oak in Scopwick and the Penny Farthing Inn in Timberland.
Blankney is located on the B1188, about 9 miles north of Sleaford and 9 miles south of Lincoln. The walk starts and finishes from the dedicated Stepping Out car park and picnic site, just to the west of the village and accessed via Drury Street. Heading north on the B1188, pass St Oswald’s Church on your right within Blankney and take the next right turn, Drury Street, which is marked with a brown sign for Blankney Walks. The post code LN4 3BB will take you to this point and then, where Drury Street bends left, fork right onto a minor road (still following the brown Blankney Walks signs). Follow the minor road over a small bridge and you will find the car park immediately on your right. If you are coming by public transport, there are bus stops in the centre of the village itself. For information on bus transport, call Traveline on 0871 2002233 or visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/busrailtravel.
|Start to Woodland Copse|
Start point: 53.1318 lat, -0.3956 long
Standing in the car park with your back to the vehicle entrance, turn right, passing between the wooden posts and following the unmade path between trees to reach a picnic bench. Pause and glance to your right here, and you should be able to see the beautifully renovated bridge which used to cross the carriageway leading to Blankney Hall. The hall was once the centre of a large estate, originally granted to Walter De Aincourt by William the Conqueror for his services at the Battle of Hastings. Today's village, with its limestone cottages, golf course and cricket ground, is largely the creation of the Chaplin family who acquired the estate in 1719. Sadly, the hall itself was destroyed by fire in 1945 and the ruins were demolished in 1965.
|Woodland Copse to Acre Lane|
Start point: 53.1246 lat, -0.3937 long
With the woodland copse in front of you, turn right to continue on the footpath and you will emerge to the corner of a crop field. Continue straight ahead, following the hedgerow on your right. In the next field corner, you will see a memorial on your right. This commemorates eight airmen who lost their lives at this site following a collision between a Lancaster and a Hurricane on 11 March 1945.
|Acre Lane to Brickyard Junction|
Start point: 53.1162 lat, -0.3843 long
Turn left to join the tarmac track, and follow it as it swings right, heading towards Lowfields Farm. Taking care of any vehicles, keep ahead through the farm buildings. Immediately after the last barn on the right, continue on the farm track which swings right and then left, continuing with a hedgerow now on your right.
|Brickyard Junction to End|
Start point: 53.1272 lat, -0.3774 long
Turn left to join the side track and follow this, with a crop field on your right and a hedgerow on your left. After one field length, you will come to another T-junction at a small waymarker post. Turn right here and follow the track leading you under power lines, with a hedgerow now on your right.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2018 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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