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Ridges and Furrows: Part 1 Sleaford to Cranwell

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Ridges and Furrows: Part 1 Sleaford to Cranwell is a 9.5 kilometer point-to-point trail located near Sleaford, Lincolnshire, England that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Distance: 9.5 km Elevation Gain: 199 m Route Type: Point to Point

kid friendly


nature trips


bird watching

partially paved


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. ABOUT: Ridges and Furrows is a 30-mile (48km) arts and heritage trail, launched in 2018 and linking The National Centre for Craft and Design in Sleaford with Whisby Nature Park via the Lincoln Edge. With beautiful countryside, panoramic views, traditional villages, bustling towns and contemporary art venues, there's plenty to see and do. This guide is a collaboration with North Kesteven District Council. ACCESS: 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. Some stretches can become muddy after periods of rain. You will cross one pasture that is likely to be holding sheep. 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). 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). OS Map Explorer 272. Please remember the Countryside Code. Allow 3 hours plus extra time for visiting attractions. 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). 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 It may be better to use two cars, leaving one car at the end of the trail part ready for the return journey. For a list of all the trail segments that make up this route see here: