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Best trails in Sleaford

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Looking for a great trail near Sleaford, Lincolnshire? AllTrails has 6 great hiking trails, walking trails, kid friendly 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 Clipstone Forest or Nene Park . Ready for some activity? There are 6 moderate trails in Sleaford ranging from 3.9 to 6.4 miles and from 52 to 295 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Top trails (6)
#1 - High Wood and North Rauceby Walk
Sleaford, Lincolnshire, England
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Length: 5.3 mi • Est. 2 h 27 m
A circular walk close to the village of North Rauceby in Lincolnshire. North Rauceby lies on the Southern Lincolnshire Edge, at one of North Kesteven's highest points, meaning there are some lovely far reaching views. The route leads you through open countryside, passing arable fields and sheep pastures, to reach the village with its beautiful church and stone cross. At the end of the walk, you will follow the paths through the mixed woodland of High Wood. 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 a few gentle gradients throughout but there is nothing too steep. It follows a mixture of quiet roads, farm tracks, grass paths and unmade woodland paths, some of which can be muddy in winter and after rain. There are no gates or steps on route, but you will need to negotiate two staggered barriers and two stiles (which have gaps alongside suitable for dogs up to Labrador size). The vast majority of the route is on tracks and lanes away from the fields, but there is one short stretch across a small grass field. You are likely to come across lots of gamebirds and the landowner requests that you keep dogs on leads. 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 2.5 hours. If you are looking for refreshments, there are none on route, but you will find La Royale Indian restaurant and Cheerio Cafe both on the A17 just north of the walk, or the Bustard Inn in nearby South Rauceby. Nearby attractions include Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre.Show more
#2 - South Rauceby and Rauceby Hall Walk
Sleaford, Lincolnshire, England
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 1 h 48 m
A circular walk from the village of South Rauceby in Lincolnshire. The walking route performs a simple route around the edge of Rauceby Park and through peaceful arable farmland, providing a wonderful escape and reminders of the past. 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 a few gentle gradients throughout but there is nothing too steep. It follows a mixture of roadside pavements and stone or grass farm tracks, plus one path across an arable field. Some of the tracks are uneven, rutted and can be muddy in winter or after periods of rain. There are no gates, stiles or steps on route and you will not be sharing 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 2 hours. If you are looking for refreshments, the Bustard Inn is at the start and the end of the walk in South Rauceby. Nearby attractions include Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre.Show more
#3 - Sleaford Riverside Walk
Sleaford, Lincolnshire, England
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Length: 6.4 mi • Est. 2 h 54 m
A circular walk from the market town of Sleaford in Lincolnshire. The route leads you alongside the River Slea, passing a watermill, nature reserve, windmill and several artwork installations within Sleaford. Leaving the town behind, the route heads out into countryside towards South Rauceby, enjoying beautiful areas of woodland and long stretches of peaceful farm tracks. 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 a couple of gentle slopes. It follows a mixture of riverside paths, roadside pavements, farm tracks, field edge paths and woodland paths. Some stretches can become muddy after periods of rain. You will need to negotiate a generous staggered barrier plus one stile (which has a large hedge gap alongside for dogs). You will need to cross the A15 twice, so take care as the traffic is fast-moving (although visibility is very good). The stile and A15 crossings can be avoided entirely by following the shorter version of the walk. You will not be sharing 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 3.5 hours. There are plenty of attractions in Sleaford if you wish to extend your visit. If you are looking for refreshments, you will be spoilt for choice within Sleaford, or you may wish to visit The Bustard Inn in South Rauceby (just a short detour from the walk, about half way around the route). Show more
#4 - Spires and Steeples: Part 4 Ruskington to Sleaford
Sleaford, Lincolnshire, England
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 2 h 37 m
IMPORTANT NOTE: This is a linear walk which uses a train for the return leg, with trains running Mon-Sat ONLY. On Sundays, you will need to use two cars instead. A linear walk from Ruskington to Sleaford, forming the fourth and final part of the Spires and Steeples Trail in Lincolnshire. You will begin by enjoying the highlights of Ruskington, before passing between large crop fields to reach the Sleaford Navigation, with views of a priory ruin. The remainder of the route follows the banks of the navigation which is teaming with nature, passing some of the old locks and mills along the way and enjoying some gems within Sleaford for the final stretch. ABOUT: The Spires and Steeples Arts and Heritage Trail is a 27 mile (43km) linear long-distance walk from Lincoln to Sleaford. The name refers to the spires of churches being the landmarks to which visitors make their way and to the rural sport of steeple chasing. This guide 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. ACCESS: The walk is relatively flat and follows a mixture of field and riverside paths and tracks, some of which can get very muddy after periods of rain. There is one road crossing (of the A153) that needs particular care and there is one short stretch of walking along a quiet lane, but otherwise you are well away from traffic. You will need to negotiate some gates, kissing gates, footbridges and a few flights of steps, but there are no stiles or livestock on route. OS Map Explorer 272 Lincoln. Please remember the Countryside Code. Allow 3 hours plus extra time for visiting attractions. LOGISTICS: As a linear walk, you will need to make transport arrangements for the return leg. Both Ruskington and Sleaford have rail stations and the return leg can be completed by a 9-minute train journey Mon-Sat, with trains usually running about hourly. If you are walking on a Sunday, you will need to use two cars, parking one at each end. If this stretch sounds too long for you, it is possible to split it into two parts, using two cars and the Stepping Out car park at Haverholme (Waypoint 3). FACILITIES: Refreshments are available on the High Street in Ruskington at the start of the walk, or at Cogglesford Mill Cottage, The National Centre for Craft and Design or various inns and cafes in Sleaford at the end of the walk. For a list of the segments of this trail, see here: https://www.alltrails.com/lists/spires-and-steeples-trailShow more
#5 - Heckington Fen Walk
Sleaford, Lincolnshire, England
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Length: 6.1 mi • Est. 2 h 38 m
A circular walk from the village of Heckington in Lincolnshire. Heckington boasts a wealth of heritage within the village and surrounding area. The village is home to a magnificent eight-sailed windmill which dominates the surrounding countryside. There is also an on-site brewery where you can sample award winning ales and beers. The walk leads you through peaceful farmland and fenland, with lots of birdlife to enjoy. 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 mix of grassy banks, farm tracks and field edge paths, some of which can be muddy. There is also a small amount of road walking on quiet roads. You will need to negotiate a couple of footbridges, some steps plus one stile (which has a fence gap for dogs). There may be cattle present along the banks of Heckington Eau at certain times of year, along with temporary fencing. 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 Explorer 248. Allow 3 hours. If you are looking for refreshments, there are several pubs, cafes and takeaways within Heckington village. The eight-sail windmill (opposite the rail station) is well worth a visit and has an on-site tea room and also a brewery where you can purchase draught and bottled beer.Show more
#6 - Ridges and Furrows: Part 1 Sleaford to Cranwell
Sleaford, Lincolnshire, England
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 2 h 49 m
A linear walk from Sleaford to Cranwell, forming the first part of the Ridges and Furrows Trail in Lincolnshire. Starting from the imposing St Deny's Church, the walk follows a beautiful stretch of the River Slea as it leads you out through open countryside. Passing through the pretty villages of South and North Rauceby, with glimpses of Rauceby Hall and its classic parkland, the route then heads north via the Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum to reach the village of Cranwell. ACCESS: 1. The walk is relatively flat with only a couple of gentle slopes. It follows a mixture of riverside paths, farm tracks, field edge paths, woodland paths and a long stretch of road walking. 2. Some stretches can become muddy after periods of rain. You will cross one pasture that is likely to be holding sheep. 3. You will need to negotiate three stiles. One has a large hedge gap alongside for dogs, the other two are enclosed so dogs would need a lift (or these two stiles along with the sheep pasture can be excluded by following short stretch of road instead). 4. There are two A-road crossings (of the A15 and the A17), so take care as the traffic is fast-moving (although visibility is very good in both cases). 5. OS Map Explorer 272. 6. Please remember the Countryside Code. LOGISTICS: As a linear walk, you will need to make arrangements for your return journey. If you are walking the whole 30-mile trail in one go, it is possible to catch a train from Hykeham rail station (near the trail end) back to Sleaford rail station. There is some accommodation along the route, including The Joiners Arms in Welbourn (14 miles along), The Marquis of Granby in Wellingore (16 miles along), The Bell in Coleby (20 miles along) and The Horse and Jockey in Waddington (22 miles along). For individual trail parts, there are some useful bus routes, although connections and regularity do vary, so check the details carefully if you intend to rely on public transport. Check details via Traveline on 0871 2002233 or at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/busrailtravel. It may be better to use two cars, leaving one car at the end of the trail part ready for the return journey. FACILITIES: Refreshments are available at Sleaford at the start of the walk or at The Bustard Inn in South Rauceby (about 3 miles into the walk). For a list of all the trail segments that make up this route see here: https://www.alltrails.com/explore/list/ridges-and-furrowsShow more