A circular walk through the Lincolnshire Limewoods where there are ancient woodlands, medieval abbey ruins and a wealth of wildlife and history. The walk takes in two woods, Southrey and Scotgrove, and the remains of two abbeys, Tupholme and Bardney. The route is shown in red on the drawing.
8.5 miles (13.5 kilometres)
- Starting point
War Memorial at the junction of Silver Street, Horncastle Road and Church Lane.
Grid reference TF 120 694
- Walk down Church Lane, opposite the war memorial, past St Lawrence’s church. As the road bends sharp right, turn left along the public footpath. Follow the path behind a row of houses to a junction with a bridleway.
- Turn left along the bridleway and follow it straight on along the edge of Southrey Wood.
- At the far corner of the wood turn left into the woodland. Turn immediately left, ignoring the permissive bridleway to the right. This is a working woodland so please respect any signs or requests. Follow this path along the edge of the wood for approximately 50m before turning right along a woodland ride. Follow the ride for approximately 500m to a clearing where the ride becomes surfaced, and turn right along a path and follow it to a road.
- Turn right and follow the road into Southrey.
- Turn left along the public bridleway just before Highthorpe Road. Cross the bridge and carry straight on past the farm and cottages.
- Approximately 400m past the cottages turn left along a bridleway. Continue straight on beside the hedge, past a cottage and along a track, originally a causeway. The remains of Tupholme Abbey will come into view ahead. Continue along the bridleway to a road.
- Turn right and follow the road with care for 150m before turning left along a lane.
- After approximately 600m turn left into the entrance of Low Road Farm. Enter the field on the right and follow the footpath by turning left across the field to a stile in the fence. Walk straight across the next field to a bridge and then alongside the hedge towards the warehouse. At the end of the field turn right along the bridleway.
- Continue straight on keeping to the right hand side of the hedge. Continue along the track to a road.
- Cross the road with care and continue straight ahead along the bridleway, through the farmyard and along the track. Follow the green lane along the edge of the wood, Scotgrove Wood, and continue straight on to a road.
- Turn right and walk along the road with care for approximately 70m before turning left along a bridleway. Continue past King’s Hill, the mound on the right, towards the water tower to join a lane.
- To visit the Abbey site, turn right at the lane and follow it through the farmyard to the site entrance.To return to Bardney, retrace your steps through the farmyard to the lane. To return to Bardney, without visiting the Abbey site, turn left at the lane. Follow the lane into the village. At the junction withWragby Road turn right to return to the starting point.
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The walk uses village paths, field paths, woodland rides and quiet lanes, which may be muddy and uneven in places. Suitable for families with children. You are likely to encounter livestock and stiles on this walk.
- Facilities available on this walk
- Features of this walk
- historical interest
- wildlife interest
- Map of starting point