North Somercotes - 500 acres walk

Description

Five walks through the village and countryside of North Somercotes close to the coast. The walks can be linked to form longer walks to explore the variety of countryside in the area. This walks vary in length from one to three miles (1.5 to 4.75 kilometres). Mostly level walking it may be muddy and uneven in places.North Somercotes lies close to the coast between Mablethorpe and Grimsby. 

Distance

2.75 miles (4.5 kilometres)
1.25 hours

Starting point
Village Hall
Keeling Street
North Somercotes
LN11 7QU
Grid reference: TF 425 964
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Directions

Follow the directions for the village walk to the fire station. 

Turn right and where the road bends left, continue straight on along a footpath and Wembley Road. 

Follow the unmade road past the houses on the left and then follow the path between two hedges.

Where the double hedge ends, turn right across a field before crossing 'Cradle Bridge' where the path turns half right between two fields. To the left you will see part of the old RAF Donna Nook buildings.

The path will shortly turn left and you will pass through the old camp area to the road (if you would like to extend this walk and see the sea, view the longer option below).

Turn left and follow this road to a T- junction.

To the right there is still some evidence of the old wartime camp. The land that you pass on the right hand side is the 500 acres and stretches to the sea bank. It is one quarter of a parcel of land which was drained on the instructions of King Charles I. In 1632 he granted Endymion Porter - one of his Grooms of the Bedchamber - 2000 acres of mature salt-marsh to reclaim. This was soon achieved and by way of compensation to the communities of both North and South Somercotes Porter agreed to the construction of the Forty Foot way to the sea at Stonebridge, and further allotted the 500 acres to the commoners.

At the T-junction turn left and continue to the junction of this road with Bank End and Cemetery Road. 

Turn left and on your right you will pass the village cemetery.

Continue along the road as it bends to the right to a T-junction with Keeling Road.

Turn left to return to the village hall.

Longer option (adds four kilometres - 2.5 miles to the walk):

At this junction, if you wish to extend your walk to see the sea - cross the road and follow the long straight Donna Nook Road ahead. Towards the end and to the right you will see the old Coast Guard Houses and the lookout. 

Follow the road as it bends left, and at the next junction turn right to reach Stonebridge car park and access to the beach and Donna Nook National Nature Reserve. It stretches from Grainthorpe Haven in the North to Saltfleet in the South.

To return to North Somercotes leave the car park and follow the road straight ahead (Marsh Lane) to the junction of this road with Bank End and Cemetery Road. 

Turn left and continue along the road as it bends to the right to a T-junction with Keeling Road.

Turn left to return to the village hall

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Facilities available on this walk
  • refreshments
  • toilets
  • village/town
Features of this walk
  • coast
  • historical interest
  • wildlife interest
Map of starting point