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Best trails in Lincoln

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Looking for a great trail near Lincoln, Lincolnshire? AllTrails has 31 great hiking trails, trail running trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Lincolnshire Wolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Clumber Park or Clipstone Forest. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 17 easy trails in Lincoln ranging from 1.4 to 6.8 miles and from 19 to 331 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Skellingthorpe Old Wood Walk
Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 2 h
A circular walk (including an easy access option) from the village of Skellingthorpe in Lincolnshire. The route heads through the village before looping through the beautiful Skellingthorpe Old Wood, a Woodland Trust mixed woodland with wildlife, wild flowers and wood carvings to enjoy. The return leg follows an old rail line, now a shared footpath and cycleway. This walk is part of the Stepping Out network, published through a collaboration with North Kesteven District Council to inspire more people to enjoy the district's landscapes, ancient woodland, historic buildings and charming villages. The walk follows a mixture of village pavements, stone woodland tracks, unmade woodland paths and a tarmac cycleway. The unmade woodland paths can be very soft and muddy so good boots are a must and wellingtons are recommended in the winter or after periods of rain. You will need to negotiate a single wooden gate but there are no kissing gates, stiles, steps or livestock on route. It would be possible to take a rugged pushchair or rugged disability buggy around the walk during dry periods, by following a short-cut that excludes the narrow and softest woodland paths. Please remember the Countryside Code. Skellingthorpe Wood is owned by the Woodland Trust, walkers are asked to help to ensure a continued welcome by keeping dogs under close control. OS Map Explorer 272. Allow 2 to 2.5 hours. If you are looking for refreshments, the Lincolnshire Co-op shop, The Stone Arms pub and The Plough pub are all located along the High Street in Skellingthorpe village. There is also a picnic site within the woodland. Nearby attractions include Daisy Made Ice Cream, the Natural World Centre at Thorpe on the Hill and Doddington Hall and Gardens.Show more
#2 - Temple Bruer and the Knights Templar Walk
Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England
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Length: 6.3 mi • Est. 3 h 10 m
Note: As of September 5, 2020, users have reported that there is construction by the tower and you can't go any further. A circular walk from Temple Bruer in Lincolnshire. The route takes you through gently rolling farmland, taking in the remains of a Knights Templar Preceptory, a restored Horse Gin and a stretch of the old Roman Road, Ermine Street, along the way. This walk is part of the Stepping Out network, published through a collaboration with North Kesteven District Council to inspire more people to enjoy the district's landscapes, ancient woodland, historic buildings and charming villages. The walk includes only gentle gradients, with nothing too strenuous. It follows a mixture of quiet lanes and farm tracks of stone, tarmac and grass. Some of the grass tracks are rutted and can be muddy in winter and after periods of rain. There are no stiles, gates or steps on route. Whilst most of the surrounding fields are arable, you may come across sheep in some of the fields adjacent to the tracks, contained with electric fencing, so take particular care with dogs. Please remember the Countryside Code. Some paths are provided by kind permission of the landowner, please only use the waymarked paths. Where young stock may be present, please make sure your dog is under firm control in these areas. OS Map Explorer 272. Allow 3 to 3.5 hours. If you are looking for refreshments or other places of interest nearby, Navenby High Street features a wide range of interesting local shops and pubs, and there are also a couple of pubs in Wellingore. Show more
#3 - Nocton and Car Dyke Walk
Whisby Nature Park
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 1 h 45 m
This is a circular easy access walk from the village of Nocton in Lincolnshire. This route highlights the village, including artwork, the cricket ground and church, as well as exploring a wide stretch of countryside to the east, with patches of pretty woodland, open fields and a section of the historic Car Dyke. This walk is published through a collaboration with the North Kesteven District Council to inspire more people to enjoy the landscape, ancient woodland, historic buildings and charming villages. The walk is relatively flat and follows a mixture of village pavements, tarmac access tracks, grass footpaths and stone farm tracks. The paths are all well-made but can be muddy in winter and after periods of rain. There may not be any livestock or obstacles on route. With this in mind, the route would be suitable for rugged push chairs or rugged disability buggies when the paths are dry. Please remember the Countryside Code. Some paths are provided by kind permission of the landowner, please only use the way marked paths. Please keep dogs under control where young stock may be present. OS Map Explorer 272. Show more
#4 - Martin and Metheringham Barff Walk
Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England
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Length: 6.2 mi • Est. 2 h 43 m
A circular walk from the village of Martin in Lincolnshire. The route explores the surrounding peaceful countryside, a patchwork of woodlands and open fields with far-reaching views throughout. Along the way you will discover the former site of RAF Metheringham, including the old runway and a poignant memorial, plus a stretch of Car Dyke, a ditch first constructed by the Romans running along the western edge of the Fens. This walk is part of the Stepping Out network, published through a collaboration with North Kesteven District Council to inspire more people to enjoy the district's landscapes, ancient woodland, historic buildings and charming villages. The walk includes only a couple of steady gradients and follows a mixture of village roads, farm tracks, country lanes and grass tracks. The surfaces are firm for the most part, but some stretches can be muddy after periods of rain. For the majority of the route there are no obstacles, but on the final stretch you will need to negotiate a gate plus four stiles (the last two of which dogs may need a lift over, if the adjacent gates are locked). Most of the route is free from livestock, but you will cross two pastures that may be holding cattle towards the end. Please remember the Countryside Code. Some paths are provided by kind permission of the landowner, please only use the waymarked paths. Where young stock may be present, please make sure your dog is under firm control in these areas. OS Map Explorer 272. Nearby attractions include the Metheringham Airfield Visitor Centre on Martin Moor. If you are looking for refreshments, the village of Martin is home to the Royal Oak.Show more
#5 - Dunston Village Circular Walk
Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 12 m
A circular, easy-access walk from the village of Dunston in Lincolnshire. The walking route is a beautifully simple circuit, exploring the surrounding countryside with rich hedgerows, flower-filled woodlands and the wide-open spaces of the peaceful fields. This walk is part of the Stepping Out network, published through a collaboration with North Kesteven District Council to inspire more people to enjoy the district's landscapes, ancient woodland, historic buildings and charming villages. The walk is relatively flat, with only very gentle gradients. The route follows a mixture of tarmac paths, tarmac access tracks, unmade tracks and grass tracks, the latter of which are uneven surfaces and can get muddy. You will not be sharing any of the paths with livestock and there are no stiles, gates or steps on route. You will only need to negotiate a couple of wooden footbridges (which have only a 6cm step up to them), meaning the walking route would be suitable for rugged pushchairs or disability buggies when the ground is dry. Please remember the Countryside Code. Some paths are provided by kind permission of the landowner, please only use the waymarked paths. Where young stock may be present, please make sure your dog is under firm control in these areas. OS Map Explorer 272. Allow 1.5 hours. If you are looking for refreshments, the walk starts and finishes directly outside The Red Lion pub within the village of Dunston. Show more
#6 - Navenby and the Viking Way Walk
Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England
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Length: 8.4 mi • Est. 4 h 11 m
A circular walk from the village of Navenby in Lincolnshire. The walking route gives you chance to explore the village itself, which is a conservation area with plenty of listed buildings, before heading out to enjoy the countryside to the south and east. You will follow a stretch of Lincoln Edge with far reaching views, part of the Viking Way long-distance path plus a section of the old Roman Road, Ermine Street. There are some beautiful architectural gems along the way, including a pretty church and the imposing Wellingore Hall. This walk is part of the Stepping Out network, published through a collaboration withNorth Kesteven District Council to inspire more people to enjoy the district's landscapes, ancient woodland, historic buildings and charming villages. The walk is relatively flat, with just a few gentle slopes. It follows a mixture of field edge paths, cross-field paths, grass tracks, farm tracks, roadside pavements and quiet country lanes, with some stretches that can be muddy after periods of rain. You will need to negotiate two kissing gates and one simple gate, but there are no stiles on route. You will not be sharing any of the paths with livestock. There are a couple of road crossings that need care. Please remember the Countryside Code. Some paths are provided by kind permission of the landowner, please only use the waymarked paths. Where young stock may be present, please make sure your dog is under firm control in these areas. OS Map Explorer 272. Allow 4 hours. If you are looking for refreshments, you will be spoilt for choice in Navenby at the beginning or end of the walk, with pubs, tea rooms, cafes, restaurants and takeaways. There are also a couple of pubs in Wellingore, about 2 miles into the walk. Show more
#7 - Morton and Tunman Wood Walk
Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 1 h 40 m
A circular walk just outside Thorpe on the Hill in Lincolnshire. The route takes you on a peaceful journey, through open countryside and beautiful woodland. Tunman Wood is a Local Nature Reserve, which is recognized as being ancient woodland (an area where specific plant species are found) and supports diverse plant, bird and insect populations. This walk is published through a collaboration with North Kesteven District Council to inspire more people to enjoy the district's landscapes, ancient woodland, historic buildings and charming villages. The walk is relatively flat, with very little gradient. It follows a mixture of stone access tracks, farm tracks and woodland paths. The surfaces are generally very good, but a few stretches can be muddy after rain and in the winter months. There are no stiles, steps or gates on route, but you will need to negotiate one narrow squeeze gap. There is no livestock on route, but you are likely to see plenty of game birds. Between October and January there may be shooting activity in and around Tunman Wood. Please remember the Countryside Code. Some paths are provided by kind permission of the landowner, please only use the waymarked paths. Where young stock may be present, please make sure your dog is under firm control in these areas. OS Map Explorer 271. Allow 2 hours. If you are looking for refreshments, the pub at the start of the walk is currently closed (correct 2017), but there are alternative pubs and cafes a short drive away in Thorpe on the Hill, Eagle or Swinderby. Nearby attractions include Doddington Hall and Gardens and Whisby Nature Park. Show more
#8 - Thorpe on the Hill Walk
Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 14 m
A circular walk from the village of Thorpe on the Hill near Lincoln in Lincolnshire. The walk performs a simple loop through woodland and open countryside with lots of hedgerow birds and lovely views back to the village. This walk is published through a collaboration with North Kesteven District Council to inspire more people to enjoy the district's landscapes, ancient woodland, historic buildings and charming villages. The walk is fairly flat, with just a couple of gentle gradients. It follows a mixture of farm tracks, grass paths and woodland paths, some of which can get muddy, so good boots are a must. There are no stiles on route, but you will need to negotiate two kissing gates. The vast majority of the farmland is arable, but you will cross one small grass paddock at the start of the route. You are likely to come across gamebirds. The route skirts Tunman Wood. Please note, between October and January there may be shooting activity in and around the wood. Please remember the Countryside Code. Some paths are provided by kind permission of the landowner, please only use the waymarked paths. Where young stock may be present, please make sure your dog is under firm control in these areas. OS Map Explorer 271. Allow 2 hours. If you are looking for refreshments, the Railway Inn pub is located just north of the village or there is another pub in nearby Eagle. Nearby attractions include Doddington Hall and Gardens and Whisby Nature Park.Show more
#9 - Grebe Lake Trail
Whisby Nature Park
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 36 m
A circular easy-access walk around Grebe Lake, within Whisby Nature Park near Lincoln in Lincolnshire. Whisby Nature Park comprises a series of lakes surrounded by grassland, marsh and scrub. The lakes have been created from the remains of sand and gravel quarry pits, and now support a wide array of wildlife. This trail performs a simple loop around one of the lakes, passing several bird hides, creating a short walk for everyone to enjoy. There are many other trails and paths should you wish to extend your visit. The park is open every day from dawn until dusk. The walk is almost entirely flat, with just some very gentle slopes over short distances, and follows tarmac or compacted stone paths for its full length. There are no stiles, gates or steps on route, meaning it is suitable for wheelchairs, pushchairs or disability buggies. Dogs are welcome across the park, including on this trail, as long as they are kept on leads. If you want to give your dog a run after the trail, there is another lake circuit (around Thorpe Lake) where dogs can be off the lead. The paths are a minimum of 2 metres wide. The maximum uphill gradient is 1:16 and the maximum downhill gradient is 1:14. The door widths into the bird hides are a minimum of 80cm and there are viewing windows designed for those in wheelchairs. You will find toilets, a cafe, adventure playgrounds and The Natural World Centre within the park. Allow 1 hour for the walk (plus extra time to explore more of the site and attractions). Show more
#10 - On Lincoln Edge Walk
Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England
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Length: 5.7 mi • Est. 2 h 39 m
A circular walk from the village of Bracebridge Heath, near Lincoln in Lincolnshire. The walk takes you along the ridge of Lincoln Edge and part of the Viking Way, with fine views over the Witham and Trent Valleys, before descending to follow a long stretch of riverside path along the River Witham. This walk is part of the Stepping Out network, published through a collaboration with North Kesteven District Council to inspire more people to enjoy the district's landscapes, ancient woodland, historic buildings and charming villages. The walk has several gradients along the way, including a fairly steep climb back onto Lincoln Edge. It follows a mixture of field edge paths, grass hillside paths, grass riverbanks and roadside pavements; some stretches can be muddy (and slippery) after periods of rain or in the winter. There are no stiles on route, but you will need to negotiate one kissing gate and a bridle gate. You will not be sharing the any of the paths with livestock. Please remember the Countryside Code. Some paths are provided by kind permission of the landowner, please only use the waymarked paths. Where young stock may be present, please make sure your dog is under firm control in these areas. OS Map Explorer 272. Allow 3 hours. Nearby places of interest include the Natural World Centre (at Whisby Nature Park) and Hill Holt Wood. If you are looking for refreshments, there are several pubs within Bracebridge Heath. Show more
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