Pointon, Sempringham and Birthorpe

Description

A lovely circular walk centred around the historic Sempringham Abbey and Priory site. Set in undulating countryside overlooking the Fens the terrain allows ever changing views of the Abbey church. A great walk, full of history and wildlife.

Distance

Four miles (6.5 kilometres)
Two hours

Starting point
The junction of West Road and High Street (B1177)
Pointon
NG34 0LX
Grid ref: TF 117 319
Directions
  1. Walk along West  Road past the Primary School on the right and look out for a wooden   kissing gate on the right just past the  post box. 
  2. Walk through the kissing gate and cross the field diagonally to a second gate.
  3. Go through the gate and over a small bridge. The footpath now continues straight ahead, northwards, between arable fields rising gently and giving views all around. As you go over the crest of the hill you will see the pinnacles of Sempringham Abbey ( the church of St Andrew) coming into view   centre left ahead. To the right you can see Billingborough church spire  and on a clear day , Boston Stump  nearly 20 miles away. Cross a small footbridge continuing in a straight line. 
  4. The path eventually leads to a bridge over the Marse Dyke and a rough road. Continue in the same direction along this road towards the Abbey church.
  5. At the church gates take the footpath that is signed, straight ahead, following the churchyard wall on your left. At the next footpath signpost ignore the path that turns right and carry straight on.
  6. Cross the wooden footbridge and follow the footpath across the field towards the left of a small group of trees.
  7. At the left end of the trees the path crosses a ditch by way of a small bridge. Continue straight up the hill across the arable field. You will soon see the barns of Birthorpe come into view. Pass the barns tightly on their left hand side to a road.
  8. Turn left along the road and follow it as it bends left.
  9. The road then bends to the right and after 150m reaches a track on the left signposted as a restricted byway.  Follow this historic byway, known  as Primrose Lane, with trees on your left and a hedge on your right. After 300m you keep straight  on along a narrower enclosed stretch of  track with trees on both sides. After another 400m the trees finish on the right and you come to a T-junction in the path.
  10.  At the T- junction in the path turn left towards the Abbey.
  11.  After 200m turn right over a large  wooden bridge over the Marse Dyke and walk up the hill.  Near the top of the hill the track bends to the left and then to the right. Keep on the track and reaching the brow of the hill you will get a view of the old vicarage at Pointon ahead, followed by much of Pointon Village to the left.
  12.  Where the track finishes at the road  turn left. You are now back on West  Road, Pointon and by walking 1 km (2/3 miles) along the road you will come back to your starting point at Pointon High  Street.
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Accessibility/suitability
Suitable for families with children. Has no stiles.
Facilities available on this walk
  • linked to public transport
  • parking
  • refreshments
  • village/town
Features of this walk
  • fens
  • historical interest
  • wildlife interest
Map of starting point