Ancaster is steeped in history and there is evidence of a prehistoric settlement. It is probably best known as a site of a Roman Town. There is a choice of three circular walks in and around Ancaster and Sudbrook using field paths, tracks and quiet lanes. The route is shown in orange on the drawing.
3.75 miles (six kilometres)
- Starting point
Playing field and Social Club car park
off Ermine Street
(opposite the Ermine Way pub)
1. Leave the car park, turn left and after about 70m turn right into Angel Court. Follow the road round and then walk between two rows of bungalows to a gate in a panel fence onto a path, once an ancient drove way.
2. Follow the public footpath directly opposite. Cross the meadow by bearing left, heading for the middle of the far hedge to a fence and gate.
3. Walk straight across the next narrow field to a lake. Turn right and follow the public footpath around the edge of the lake. The path opens out into a area with large trees. Turn left and follow the path beside the larger lake. Continue along the path to the road.
a. Cross the road and continue on in the same direction along a farm track.
b. Follow the track as it bears left. Go through the gap in the hedge and continue ahead to a second hedge. Walk through the gap in this hedge and continue in the same direction across the field. Watch out for aircraft from the nearby RAF Cranwell.
c. At the edge of the field turn left and follow the hedgelined track as it descends into Sudbrook village.
d. At the road turn left and walk through the village, passing the former public house “The Masons Arms”.
e. At the road junction with a grass triangle follow the road to the right and over the levelcrossing. The walk rejoins Walk Two now at 5.
5. Cross the level-crossing, then take the public footpath on the left into a large field known as The Sands. Follow the wide path across the field and then onto a track. To the right is Moor Closes Nature Reserve with views of the church beyond. Continue to the Old School and at the junction turn right. At the junction with Ermine Street turn right to return to the starting point.
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- Facilities available on this walk
- linked to public transport
- Map of starting point