Viking Way 07 - Bardney to the edge of Lincoln


The Witham valley is notable for the number of religious houses established there. The route visits three such sites before joining the river for a while on its way to the suburbs of Lincoln.

Starting point
Station Road
  1. At the road turn right and walk to the centre of the village.
  2. Turn left onto Wragby Road and then left again onto Abbey Road.
  3. 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).
  4. 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.
  5. Turn left, and walk along the road with care for approx.  0.5 miles, to the first junction.
  6. 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. 
  7. At the road, by the church, turn right and follow the road over the cattle grid for  approx.  300m.
  8. Turn left onto a footpath.
  9. At the end of the wood and at a junction of paths turn left. After approx. 300m turn right to a road.
  10. 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.
  11. Turn left and follow the road.
  12. 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. 
  13. 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.
  14. 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. 
  15. Follow this bridleway ahead for approx. 1.5 miles to reach a road. 
  16. Turn right and at the T-junction with the main village road turn left.
  17. Turn right and follow the lane towards the river Witham.  Cross the drain but not the river.
  18. Turn right and follow the footpath along the river bank towards Lincoln for approx. 2.75 miles (4.5 kilometres).
  19. At a gate and junction with another footpath turn right off the river bank and follow the footpath along the edge of the fields to another footpath junction.  Bear left diagonally across the field to the road. 
  20. Enter the grounds of Greetwell Hall and follow the footpath that bears right to the field boundary.Follow the field edge path to a railway crossing. Cross the railway line with care.Turn left and follow the path around the field edge to some steps.
  21. Turn left up the steps, follow the road to the right through the industrial estate before turning left onto Crofton Road to the junction with Monks Road.

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Facilities available on this walk
  • Refreshments: Fiskerton village  0.75 miles (1.2 kilometres) from the Viking Way
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.
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