East Keal - walk one


This is one of three walks at East Keal. The circular walks offer the opportunity to experience a variety of landscapes. Walk through the foothills of the Wolds and visit the southernmost alder carrs, or walk across the fertile fenland fields and enjoy the open landscape and big skies. Mostly level walking, although it may be muddy and uneven in places. East Keal is located on the A16 two miles (three kilometres) south-west of Spilsby. 


Two miles (three kilometres)
One hour

Starting point
The General Store
East Keal
PE23 4AT
Grid reference TF 097 169
  1. Walk down Church Lane, past St Helen’s church and the Old Rectory and through two gates.
  2. Keep on the bridleway, which bears left, across the field to a gate. Follow the bridleway downhill, by keeping the fence and hedge on your right, to a gate and two footbridges.
  3. Cross both bridges and turn immediately right (following the yellow footpath arrows) and walk up the hill (avoiding the farm track) to a stile in the hedge on the left.
  4. Turn right and follow the footpath along the hedge line and onto to the next footpath sign.
  5. Bear diagonally right across the field to another footpath sign in the distance. There are good views from here across the fens to Boston Stump approximately 15 miles (24 kilometres) away.
  6. Turn right, toward the trees, and walk across the field and over a stream.
  7. Walk straight across the next field. The tower of East Keal church can be clearly seen on your right. At the sign and dyke turn right and follow the field edge to the field corner. Go through the gate and follow the path between hedges to a track. Turn left and follow the track and footpath, through a gate, and straight on along a tarmac lane.
  8. Just before the road junction turn right along the public footpath between the houses. Where the path emerges next to a field turn left and follow the field edge towards the church.
  9. At the church turn left up Church Lane to return to the starting point.
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Accessibility and suitability

All the walks use field paths, tracks and lanes and may be muddy in places. There are some short inclines. You may encounter stiles and livestock on this walk.

Facilities available on this walk
  • refreshments
  • village/town
Features of this walk
  • fens
  • wildlife interest
  • wolds
Map of starting point