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Stepping Out: Bloxholm Estate Circular

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Stepping Out: Bloxholm Estate Circular
Author: CountrysideNK, Published: 14 Jan 2018 Walk Rating:star0 Stepping Out: Bloxholm Estate Circular Walking Guide star0 Stepping Out: Bloxholm Estate Circular Walking Guide star0 Stepping Out: Bloxholm Estate Circular Walking Guide star0 Stepping Out: Bloxholm Estate Circular Walking Guide star0 Stepping Out: Bloxholm Estate Circular Walking Guide
Lincolnshire, Ashby de la Launde
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Stepping Out: Bloxholm Estate Circular
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Stepping Out: Bloxholm Estate Circular Walking Guide boot Stepping Out: Bloxholm Estate Circular Walking Guide
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A 3.5 mile (5.5km) circular walk around the Bloxholm estate, close to Ashby de la Launde in Lincolnshire. The walking route follows paths and tracks on a simple circuit around the old estate, taking in both farmland and woodland, and with fine views of the old walled gardens and hall. 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 almost entirely flat, with one steady climb towards the end. It follows a mixture of farm tracks, woodland paths, quiet lanes and one stretch across a grass field. Whilst the surfaces are generally good, there are some stretches that can be muddy after periods of rain and in winter. Dogs are welcome, but the landowner requests that they remain on leads. The bulk of the walk has no obstacles or livestock, but the final stretch uses a permissive path to cross a grass pasture (which may be holding cattle or sheep) and includes three stiles (one with no dog gap) and a kissing gate. If this permissive path is closed (due to farm requirements) or you wish to avoid the field, there is a longer alternative ending which avoids all stiles and livestock but does include 0.7 miles along the narrow grass verge of a B-road. 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 or places of interest nearby, Dorrington is home to The Musician Arms pub and the North Ings Farm Museum, Digby is home to The Red Lion pub, and RAF Digby includes the Sector Operations Room Museum.

The walk starts and finishes at the dedicated Stepping Out parking area alongside Peacock Lodge, about 5 miles north of Sleaford, just off the B1191 on the entrance track for Mount Farm. From Sleaford, head north along the A15 and then turn right onto the B1191 (signed to Ashby and Scopwick). After only 0.5 miles, turn right into the entrance track for Mount Farm and you will see the dedicated car parking area on the right, just before the wooden gates ahead. Approximate post code LN4 3JJ.

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Walk Sections

Start to Bloxholm Wood
Start to Bloxholm Wood

Start point: 53.0699 lat, -0.4485 long
End point: 53.0678 lat, -0.4406 long

To begin the walk, follow the Mount Farm access track heading away from the B1191, passing through a wooden gateway. This long straight driveway once formed part of the original carriageway that led visitors to Bloxholm Hall. Just a few metres before you reach the buildings of Mount Farm on your left, turn right to join a grass track which leads you between fenced grass pastures. Towards the end of this grass track, you will pass a pretty pond on your left, before reaching a T-junction with a tree-lined track at the edge of Bloxholm Wood.

Bloxholm Wood to Public Road
Bloxholm Wood to Public Road

Start point: 53.0678 lat, -0.4406 long
End point: 53.0666 lat, -0.414 long

Turn left to follow the tree-lined woodland track, the start of the area managed by Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust. At the end of this short strip of woodland, the path crosses a small stream and comes to a fork with a waymarker post. Take the right-hand branch, following the edge of the woodland with fields visible through the trees to your right.

This woodland includes ancient coppiced ash, sycamore and horse chestnut trees, impressive stands of early purple orchids, and vast arrays of bugle along with goldilocks buttercup and sweet violet. Buzzards are known to breed in the woodland and other notable bird species include woodcock, tawny owl and nuthatch.

At the woodland corner, follow the path as it swings left to continue through the edge of the woodland. Simply stay ahead on the path, eventually passing through a gap alongside a wooden gate to reach a junction with a farm access track. (If you look to your right here, you will see the buildings of Hill Farm). Keep straight ahead to join the tarmac access track, which passes between open crop fields with far-reaching views all around. Eventually you will reach a junction with the public road.

Public Road to Walled Garden
Public Road to Walled Garden

Start point: 53.0666 lat, -0.414 long
End point: 53.0687 lat, -0.4138 long

Take the left-hand branch (straight ahead) and follow the public road which soon swings left. If you look across to the right at this point you will be able to see the tower of Dorrington Church in the distance. Continue past a parking lay-by on your right, noting the mosaic artwork which depicts an oxen-pulled cart.

About 90 metres later, you will pass a curious hexagonal house called The Round House on your left. This was built in 1825 as part of the Bloxholm estate. Immediately after the garden of The Round House, turn sharp left to join a stone and grass access track, passing the house on your left. Keep ahead on the track, passing open crop fields on your left and the beautiful, red-brick, tall wall of the old walled garden on your right.

Walled Garden to Mount Hedgerow
Walled Garden to Mount Hedgerow

Start point: 53.0687 lat, -0.4138 long
End point: 53.0707 lat, -0.4263 long

Keep ahead on the stone track and, where it bends right into a private property, keep ahead on the field-edge grass path with a hedgerow on your right. Before you reach the end of the field, you will see a fingerpost within the hedgerow on your right. Follow the grass path which swings right through a hedgerow gap and you will reach a junction with a grass track at the edge of another crop field.

Turn right to join the grass track, with a hedgerow on your right. If you peek over this hedgerow, you will see the old estate pasture land, which show signs of medieval ridge and furrow past cultivation. Continue just until you reach a wide metal farm gate on your right, with a waymarker post. If you glance to your right here, you will be able to see part of the remaining wing of Bloxholm Hall. The original hall was built during the 1600s by Cyprian Thornton. In 1825, the Manners family (relations of the Duke of Rutland and owners of the lordship) extensively enlarged and beautified the hall and gardens. The hall was largely demolished in the 1960s and the surviving north wing acts as a farmhouse.

Turn left at this point, to join the raised grass track leading you between crop fields. You are now once again following the old carriage driveway for Bloxholm Hall. The wooded mound you can see in the distance ahead is known as The Mount. Just after passing the woodland visible across to your right, look across to your right for a lovely view of the church at Ashby de la Launde. The grass track leads you ahead, going gently downhill to meet a hedgerow at the base of The Mount.

Mount Hedgerow to End
Mount Hedgerow to End

Start point: 53.0707 lat, -0.4263 long
End point: 53.0701 lat, -0.4486 long

At this point you have two choices, either the main direct route (which follows a permissive path across a livestock pasture with three stiles) or an alternative longer ending (with a 0.7 mile stretch along the narrow grass verge of a B road and for use should the direct permissive route be closed or unsuitable). Follow one of the two paragraphs below, depending on your choice.

For the main direct route, go ahead through the hedge gap and cross the stile to enter the hillside pasture (which may be holding cattle and sheep). Walk straight ahead on the obvious grass path leading steadily uphill. At the top of the field, cross the stile ahead and continue on the short grass avenue between sections of woodland. Cross a third stile and continue on the grass track between hedgerows, passing through sets of metal farm gates as necessary and finally taking a kissing gate ahead to reach the farm drive. Keep ahead to join this and it will lead you directly back to Peacock Lodge and the parking area where the walk began.

For the alternative route, turn right and follow the field edge path (with the hedgerow on your left). Take a bridge on your left passing through the hedge and maintain your direction to reach the field boundary ahead. Turn right to follow this field boundary and follow it around several bends (left, right and left) then continue ahead to the field corner. Follow the grass track which turns right here and then, halfway along the field, use a bridge to cross the ditch on your left. Turn right to continue heading north. At the end of the field, turn left and follow the grass track (with a hedge on your right) all the way out to the road. Turn left and, taking care of traffic, follow the B-road (using the verges as much as possible for your safety) for 0.7 miles to reach Peacock Lodge and the parking area on your left where the walk began.

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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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