Stainfield and Apley - Hardy Gang short


Enjoy a walk from the village of Stainfield into the surrounding countryside. The walk goes through Hardy Gang Wood, one of the Limewoods that form the Bardney Limewoods National Nature Reserve. The walk uses quiet roads, field paths and woodland paths. It may be muddy in places if wet, especially through the woodland. You may encounter stiles on this walk.


4.4 miles (seven kilometres)
2.25 hours

Starting point
Stainfield and Apley Village Hall
Market Rasen
Grid reference: TF 108 732
  1. Leave the car park and turn left along the road.
  2. Follow the road as it bends to the left (signed Langworth). After approximately 900m turn left off the road and onto a bridleway. Walk across the fields by bearing right towards the right hand corner of the copse. At the fingerpost, cross the bridge and go through the gate.
  3. Turn left and follow the field edge for approximately 150m to a fingerpost. Bear right across the field towards a wooden fingerpost to the right of an area of scrub. The remains of Barlings Abbey can be seen ahead.
  4. At the fingerpost, if you want to visit Barlings Abbey turn left and follow the bridleway over the bridge. To continue the walk turn right (along the Viking Way). Walk straight ahead, alongside the hedgerow and ditch until you reach a gate and bridge at the edge of the woodland on your left (approximately 900 metres).
  5. Enter the woodland and follow the bridleway straight ahead through the wood. The route through the wood can get very wet and muddy. If you want to avoid the wood, bear right across the field to a gate and fingerpost at the road. Turn left and follow the road for approximately 500m to a junction. Turn left and at the next junction bear right and rejoin the directions at point 7.
  6. At the road turn right and walk 500m to a road junction.
  7. Follow the road to the right and at the next junction bear right and then turn immediately left onto a bridleway (part of the Viking Way). Cross the fields, go through a gate and over a bridge and continue straight on across the fields and along a field edge to a road.

14. Turn right and follow the road to a junction.

15. Turn left and follow the road back to the village hall and starting point.

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Accessibility and suitability
Suitable for families with older children.
Facilities available on this walk
  • parking
  • village/town
Features of this walk
  • historical interest
  • wildlife interest
  • woodland
Map of starting point