Skellingthorpe Old Wood Walk is a 7.2 kilometer loop trail located near Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking.

Distance: 7.2 km Elevation Gain: 84 m Route Type: Loop

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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.

8 days ago

2 months ago

We hiked this trail with a friend who has limited mobility and although we enjoyed the walk overall, it's unfortunate that the first 2km are a bit of a slog through relatively built up areas with passing cars. By the time we reached the woods themselves we had to skip the furthermost part of the trail in order to give our friend some relief, given we still had to complete the circuit back to the car park (another 3km). We did see what looked like a designated parking area close to the woods entrance itself. Anyone else in our situation would be advised to use this area, or just to do an out-and-back along the tarmac cycleway, which is car-free. The woods themselves are very nice.

4 months ago

5 months ago

This is an amazing walk, lots to see, somewhere to sit for a well earned cuppa and bite to eat along the way. Cannot express how much we enjoyed this walk today.

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