North Somercotes - mill field 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

Shorter walk
Two miles (3.25 kilometres)
One hour

Longer walk
Three miles (4.75 kilometres)
1.5 hours

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

From the village hall walk away from the village centre and take the first turning on the right, School Lane.  

After approximately 400 metres (1/4 mile) as the road bends to the right, carry straight on along a lane signed as a bridleway, known as Millfield Road.

In the distance over to the left you can see the forest which was set in the Warren shortly after the East Coast Floods in 1953.  The Warren was developed to provide sand and gravel early last century and the ponds that remain are used for both private and public fishing.  

As you follow the bridleway you will pass hummocky fields - the remains of early salterns developed around Mare Haven which became silted up around 1200. To the distant left you may see something of the back of 'Locksley Hall' popularly associated with the Locksley Hall of Tennyson's poem. 

After about 600 metres you enter the parish of South Somercotes. Follow the track and walk up a slight slope to footpath on the left and right. 

For the shorter walk:

Turn right. Walk straight across two fields to a bridge. Cross the bridge and turn left and follow the field edge to another bridge. Continue straight ahead along the field edge to emerge next to a bungalow onto a track and bridleway. 

Turn right and follow the track to a junction with a road.

At the road carry straight on and follow it as it bends left and becomes School Lane. 

At the end of School Lane turn left to return to the village hall.

For the longer walk:

Continue straight on along Millfield Road.

At the T-Junction with South Road turn right and walk with care along the road to the next junction.

Turn right onto the bridleway and track, North Green Lane. Follow the lane, past barns on your right, to a junction with a road.

At the road carry straight on and follow it as it bends left and becomes School Lane. 

At the end of School Lane 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
  • historical interest
Map of starting point