The Witham valley is notable for the number of religious houses established there. The route visits three such sites before visiting the villages of Fiskerton and Cherry Willingham on its way to the suburbs of Lincoln, ending at the cathedral.
26 kilometres (16.25 miles)
- Starting point
- At the road turn right and walk to the centre of the village.
- Turn left onto Wragby Road and then left again onto Abbey Road.
- At the end of the road turn right onto a bridleway next to the old water tower. (To visit Bardney Abbey site continue straight ahead).
- At the mound, known as King's Hill, turn left onto a footpath. Follow the path across a field and then along field edges to a farm. Turn right, walk through the farmyard, to a road.
- Turn left, and walk along the road with care for approx. 0.5 miles, to the first junction.
- Turn right, signed Stainfield. Take the second public footpath on the left, just after the houses, and cross the field to return to the road. Turn left and almost immediately right onto another path. Walk diagonally across the fields towards the church.
- At the road, by the church, turn right and follow the road over the cattle grid for approx. 300m.
- Turn left onto a footpath.
- At the end of the wood and at a junction of paths turn left. After approx. 300m turn right to a road.
- Cross the road and follow the bridleway along the field edge and where the hedge goes off to the right continue straight ahead across the fields to a road.
- Turn left and follow the road.
- As the road bends to the left turn right onto a bridleway and walk across the field to a gate and dyke. Follow the bridleway alongside the dyke to a bridge.
- Cross the bridge and bear right to a gate between the house and stables. Follow the bridleway through the gate and then bear left along the driveway to a road.
- Turn right and after 100m turn left onto a footpath and follow it along field edges to a bridge. Cross the bridge and walk straight ahead across the field to the corner.
- Follow this bridleway ahead for approx. 1.5 miles to reach a road.
- Turn right. At the T-junction with the main village road turn right and walk into Fiskerton village.
Walk past the village hall to the village green.
- Bear left along High Street past the Carpenters pub and follow the road to the right past the church (St Clements).
Take the third turning on the right, Plough Lane. As the road bends to the right turn left on to a public footpath, signed Cherry Willingham.Enter the field and bear slightly right across the field to some steps and bridge. Cross the bridge and bear diagonally left up the slope to the left of the field corner.Go through the hedge and walk straight ahead along the field edge, with the hedge on your right, to the corner.Turn right, through the hedge, and then left and follow the path beside the ditch. Follow the field edge to the right for 100 metres.
- Turn left to follow the footpath along the field edge towards the bungalows (Cherry Willingham village). Continue between the bungalows to a road.
Turn right and follow the pavement.Turn right onto Dale Avenue and at the T-junction turn left, past the shops.
- At the next T-junction turn left. Continue along High Street.
- Turn right onto Green Lane. At the end of the lane continue straight on along the bridleway (track) and continue as it bends right, then left before dropping downhill to a stream.
- Cross the stream and continue ahead along the field edge. At the corner cross the bridge and continue straight on along field edge to a gate at the end of the field.
- Go through the gate, turn right, go through another gate and follow the bridleway for approximately 1.2 kilometres (0.75 mile) to just before a junction with a road.
Turn left and walk over the bridge.Bear right and follow the tarmac path ahead to a junction with a road.
Cross the road and walk along the roadside pavement, past St Barnabas Hospice.
At the T-junction with Bunkers Hill turn left.
Cross the road at the pedestrian crossing close to the Lincolnshire Poacher pub and follow the tarmac path ahead between houses.At a junction with a road, cross the road and continue along the tarmac path ahead.Follow the path as it crosses one end of a playing field and then between hedges and fences to a junction with a road.
- Turn left, walk past the shops to the traffic lights.
Turn left to another set of traffic lights.Continue straight on along Nettleham Road to a roundabout.
- Again continue straight on along Nettleham Road for another 350 metres.
- Turn right onto Broadway.
At the end of Broadway at a T-junction turn left.
Where the road bends to the left bear right to walk past the Roman Arch.Continue straight on along Bailgate to Castle square.
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- Facilities available on this walk
- Refreshments: Fiskerton
- Cherry Willingham, Lincoln city
- Points of interest
- Witham Valley has one of the largest concentrations of abbeys and priories in the country. These medieval religious houses were located close to the river following a tradition of ritual use in the prehistoric period, and because it was an important link to Lincoln and the port at Boston. In medieval times some of the woodlands would have been owned by the abbeys and have played a vital role in the local economy.
- Bardney Abbey in Lincolnshire, England, was a Benedictine monastery founded in 697 by King Æthelred of Mercia.
- Barlings Abbey, was a Premonstratensian monastery in England, founded in 1154.
- The city of Lincoln is a history hotspot dating back to Roman times. For more information about the city, local attractions and events go to Visit Lincoln.
- Map of starting point