Sleaford - long


Enjoy a walk from the market town of Sleaford into the surrounding countryside. The walk uses town and field paths and crosses farmland. For some distance the walk follows the banks of the river Slea. It may be muddy in places if wet and there are stiles and livestock. The busy A15 road is crossed twice. The walk starts from the centre of Sleaford which lies approximately 17 miles south east of Lincoln. The walk starts from the train station so why not travel to the start by train?


8.5 miles (13.5 kilometres)
Four hours

Starting point
Sleaford Railway Station
Station Road
NG34 7RG
Grid reference: TF 067 454
  1. Leave the station and cross the road. Turn left and then right along a path between two fences and signed Town Centre and site of Sleaford castle. At the end of the path turn left, signed site of Sleaford castle.
  2. At the junction with a road turn right.
  3. Just after Electric Station Road turn left along the public footpath beside the river Slea. Follow the path beside the river, crossing over an old railway line, for approximately 0.75 miles (1.2 kilometres) to the junction with the A15.
  4. Follow the path to the right, cross the busy road with care, turn left and rejoin the path beside the river. Cross a footbridge and after approximately 250m, leave the river bank and bear right across the field to a gap in the hedge.
  5. Go through the gap and then the gate and follow the path through the chicken farm and then along the field edges. At the junction of paths continue straight on along the field edges for approximately 0.66 miles (1000m).
  6. Follow the path as it bears right into an area of woodland. Follow the path to the right past a metal sculpture to a road and turn left.
  7. At a T-junction turn right and follow the road into the village.
  8. At the Bustard Inn turn right along Tom Lane and walk into and through North Rauceby village.
  9. At the end of the village turn right onto a public footpath opposite Chapel Lane. Bear diagonally left across the field to rejoin the road at the end of the old hedge line across the field.
  10. At the road turn right onto a public footpath and stone track. Follow the track along the field edges and then alongside a woodland. Walk alongside the woodland for approximately 300m.
  11. Turn right onto a public footpath that runs alongside a line of conifer trees.
  12. At the junction of tracks turn right along a footpath towards the spire of North Rauceby church. Follow the track as it bends left past more conifers.
  13. At the end of the track turn left along Drove Lane, an old Drove road.
  14. After approximately 600m turn right onto a public footpath into a field. Cross the field by bearing diagonally left towards a telegraph pole at the corner of the woodland. Go through the gap in the hedge and turn right, along a track beside the hedge, past the woodland and down the slope.
  15. At the field corner and track turn left. At a junction of paths continue ahead along the path and track and walk through the middle of a small area of woodland. Continue along the track past Drove Lodge.
  16. At the junction with a tarmac lane turn left. Cross the A15 with care and go through the gap directly opposite. Follow the lane for approximately 0.5 miles (850m) and cross the railway bridge.
  17. Turn right onto a public footpath. Cross the estate road and continue straight ahead along the path to the river.
  18. Turn left and follow the riverside path to a road.
  19. Turn right and then left onto West Banks.
  20. At the junction with South Gate turn right. Follow the road through the town.
  21. Just before the large Memorial statue turn right along Nags Head Passage. At the end of the row of cottages turn left along the path to return to the station.
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Accessibility and suitability

Suitable for families with older children.

The busy A15 road is crossed twice.

There are stiles and livestock.

Facilities available on this walk
  • linked to public transport
  • parking
  • refreshments
  • toilets
  • village/town
Features of this walk
  • historical interest
  • river
  • wildlife interest
Map of starting point