Boothby Graffoe


A choice of two circular walks set in and around the attractive villages of Boothby Graffoe, Navenby and Coleby.  These villages sit on Lincolnshire's limestone ridge - known as Lincoln Edge. There are spectacular views across the Trent Valley on a clear day. This walk is circular and five miles (nine kilometres) in length The walk uses field paths, tracks and minor roads.


Short walk - 2.5 miles (four kilometres)
Longer walk - 5.5 miles (nine kilometres)
1.25 or 2.75 hours

Starting point
Main Street
Boothby Graffoe
  1. Walk down Main Street towards the church at the southern end of the village.
  2. Where the road bends to the left to rejoin the A607, continue straight ahead along a track marked by a footpath sign bearing the Viking Way symbol. Follow the track into a field, passing a pond on your left. Continue straight ahead towards Navenby, now keeping parallel with the ridge and passing woodland on your left. Continue along the path as it runs behind some houses. Go down steps on to a road.
  3. Turn left (you leave the Viking Way at this point). At the junction with the main road turn left again and then take the first turn immediately on the right (Green Man Road), taking care crossing the busy road. (To visit the centre of Navenby turn right at the main road.)
  4. After approx 500m, where High Dyke goes off to the right, turn left along a green lane. Continue northwards along this wide grass track for approx 1.5 kilometres (just under a mile) until you reach a junction with a tarmac road.
  5. For the shorter walk turn left here and walk along the road to the junction with the A607. Cross the main road with care and continue straight ahead into Boothby Graffoe. Turn left at the next junction to return to Main Street.  For the longer walk cross the road and continue straight ahead along Ermine Street, now on a tarmac surface. At a radio mast, where the tarmac road veers off to the left, keep straight ahead along the track to junction with a road.
  6. Turn left and walk along the road until it meets the A607.  Cross this with extreme care and go straight along Rectory Road into Coleby village.
  7. At the junction next to the church, turn right along Farlane. Walk past the pub (Bell Inn) to the end of the lane. Turn left along the footpath and follow it as it runs alongside the wall. Turn left over a stile and emerge next to the pub (Tempest Arms).
  8. Turn right and then cross the road to reach a footpath sign (with the Viking Way symbol).  Follow the narrow path that is bordered by hedges on either side. At a junction of paths take the right fork that leads back to the limestone ridge. Carry on along the well-worn path for approx one kilometre (just over ½ a mile), to the outskirts of Boothby Graffoe.
  9. On reaching a small copse go through the gate on your left. Follow the track that runs diagonally across the grass paddock to the opposite corner and a house. Go through another gate and walk along the road to reach Main Street and the starting point.
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Facilities available on this walk
  • refreshments
  • village/town
Features of this walk

Historical interest

Map of starting point