Horncastle Fulletby and West Ashby - long

Description

A circular walk into the Lincolnshire Wolds area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB). The walk climbs gently through the countryside and uses field paths, tracks and quiet roads and may be muddy and wet in places. The route is shown in red on the drawing.

Distance

Nine miles (14.5 kilometres)
4.5 hours

Starting point
The Market Place
Horncastle
LN9 5JQ
Grid reference TF 258 696
Directions
  1. With your back to the Post Office walk across the Market Place towards the Bank. Turn left along High Street to its junction with North Street and Bull Ring.
  2. Take Banks Street, the narrow street directly in front of you. At the end of Banks Street is the River Waring. Follow the river to a T-junction.
  3. Turn left and then take the next right, Bowl Alley Lane. Walk past the schools and where the road bends to the left, follow the waymarked lane that goes straight ahead behind the houses. Continue along this path as it turns left to reach a road.
  4. Turn right and walk along the road, taking the left fork to Fulletby
  5. At the next road junction turn left onto the public bridleway. Follow the waymarkers and Viking Way signs as the bridleway turns right, left and then right again before meeting another bridleway.
  6. Turn right and continue along the Viking Way as it turns left, and then right alongside a hedge before joining a stone track past a farmyard to a road. To visit Fulletby turn right.
  7. To continue the walk, turn left and leave the Viking Way and walk along the road as it descends to cross the River Waring and then climbs to its junction with the A153.
  8. Cross the road with care and carry straight on to Farthorpe.
  9. At the bottom of the hill cross the stream and turn left. After crossing the stream again, turn right along the bridleway beside the stream and ponds, and then on in the same direction along a field edge.
  10. At the junction with a footpath, cross the bridge and bear right at a slight angle towards a bungalow where there is a gate in the fence. Turn left to follow the driveway to the lane. Turn right, and at the end of the lane turn left. follow the footpath diagonally across the field towards a gate in a dog leg in the hedge. Cross the next field by bearing diagonally left to the corner of the field and end of the wall. Turn right through the gate and follow the path across the field, by keeping the hedge on your right, to the field corner and lane.
  11. Turn left along the lane. Leave the lane as it turns left, to continue straight on along a track.
  12. At the end of the track take the footpath on the right. Go through the gate, turn left and follow the field edge to where the path goes left through the hedge. Turn right and follow the hedge to the road.
  13. Turn left and at the crossroads turn right. After approximately 150m turn left onto a public footpath which crosses two fields. Aim for a gap in the hedge to the right of the single tree. Continue at a slight angle to the right, to a group of trees and shrubs and a bridge over the River Bain.
  14. Cross the bridge, turn left then right through a garden past Thimbleby Mill and onto a lane.
  15. Follow this lane through the outskirts of Horncastle to a T-junction. Turn left to return to the Market Place.
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Accessibility/suitability
This walk uses field paths, tracks and quiet lanes which may be uneven and muddy in places. The shorter walk is stile free but you may encounter stiles on the longer walk.
Facilities available on this walk
  • linked to public transport
  • parking
  • refreshments
  • toilets
  • village/town
Features of this walk
  • river
  • wolds
Map of starting point