Ridges and Furrows: Part 4 Waddington to Whisby

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Ridges and Furrows: Part 4 Waddington to Whisby is a 11.1 kilometer point-to-point trail located near Waddington, Lincolnshire, England that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Distance: 11.1 km Elevation Gain: 126 m Route Type: Point to Point

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A linear walk from Waddington to Whisby Nature Reserve, forming the fourth and final part of the Ridges and Furrows Trail in Lincolnshire. Setting out along Lincoln Edge, the walk provides beautiful views with glimpses of Lincoln Cathedral in the distance. The route then descends to cross the River Witham before exploring the lakeside paths of Millennium Lakes and Whisby Nature Reserve, with plenty of birdlife to enjoy. 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 published through a collaboration with North Kesteven District Council. ACCESS: The walk includes a few steady gradients, but there is nothing too steep. The walk includes a mixture of village pavements, enclosed footpaths (which can become a little overgrown at times), field edge and woodland paths (which can get muddy) and compacted lakeside paths. You will need to negotiate several gates and kissing gates plus a river footbridge (with squeeze gaps each end), but there are no stiles on route. You will not be sharing any of the paths with livestock. Dogs are welcome on the nature reserve paths included on this trail, but they will need to be on leads for these stretches. OS Map Explorer 272. Please remember the Countryside Code. Allow 3.5 hours plus extra time for visiting attractions. FACILITIES: Refreshments on this part of the trail are available in Waddington at the start of the trail (with a couple of options), in North Hykeham (4 miles into the walk) and at the cafe within the Natural Word Centre in Whisby Nature Reserve (at the end of 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 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. For a list of all the trail segments that make up this route see here: https://www.alltrails.com/explore/list/ridges-and-furrows

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