Ancaster - walk three


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. This route is shown in orange on the map.


3.75 miles (six kilometres)
Two hours

Starting point
Playing field and Social Club car park
off Ermine Street
NG32 3QW

1. Leave the car park and turn right through the village along Ermine Street for about 800m, and under the railway bridge.

2. Turn left immediately after the bridge and follow the lane up the side of the Railway Inn and past the railway halt.

3. At the level-crossing turn right. Climb the hill to a junction. Turn round to admire the views over Ancaster village and beyond.

a. Cross the road and continue on in the same direction along a farm track a restricted byway.

b. After reaching the top of the hill continue along the track and follow it as it bears left. Go through the gap in the hedge and continue ahead to a second hedge. Bear left through the gap in this hedge and continue across the field to a hedge and fingerpost. Look out for aircraft from the nearby RAF Cranwell.

c. Turn left and follow the hedge lined 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”, at the bend.

e. At the road junction with a grass triangle follow the road to the right, signed Sleaford, and walk over the level-crossing. 

5. Just after the level-crossing, 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. At a junction with another path turn left and follow the path along the track to the Old School. At the junction with a road, turn right. At the junction with Ermine Street turn right to return to the starting point.

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Accessibility and suitability

This walk uses field paths, tracks, pavements and a quiet road.

There are no stiles on this walk and you are unlikely to encounter livestock.

The railway is crossed once at a level crossing.

Facilities available on this walk
  •  linked to public transport
  • parking
  • refreshments
  • village/town
Map of starting point