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The Spa Trail is a 6.7 mile out and back trail located near Horncastle, Lincolnshire, England and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 6.7 mi Elevation gain 551 ft Route type Out & Back
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Getting There

An out and back walk along the mid section of the old Horncastle to Woodhall Junction railway line in Lincolnshire, known as the Spa Trail. The trail, part of the Viking Way long distance path, passes through a mix of woodland and open countryside. Along the way you will discover impressive sculptures made from wood, stone and metal, all reflecting local wildlife and links with the past. The full walk follows the same route for the out and return legs, so you can shorten it to any length you would like. The trail is a flat surfaced path with no stiles, gates or other obstacles, making it ideal for wheelchairs, pushchairs and disability buggies. The route is a bridleway and so you will be sharing the trail with cyclists and horse riders. The path is fenced for the entire route and dog waste bins are provided at intervals. The stone surface is very firm, but there can be a shallow amount of mud and leaf litter in the autumn and winter months. There are no toilets or other facilities along the trail. Approximate time 3 to 3.5 hours.

The walk starts and finishes from the free Thornton Lodge car park situated on a minor road, about a mile from Horncastle in Lincolnshire. Head north on the A153 towards Horncastle, pass the junction with the B1183 on the right and, soon afterwards, turn left into a minor road. Follow the minor road over the river bridge and the canal bridge and you will find the car park on the right, opposite The Gatehouse on the left. The nearest post code is LN9 6JN, which will guide you to a point on the A153 just north of the junction with the minor road.

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Kim Sanderson
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Mountain biking

This was a fantastic route for the kids, the youngest is only 4 and been riding 2 wheels for 4 weeks. He managed it really well, some of the ground was a bit gravelly but mostly it was flat enough for him.

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John Lawson
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mid January, very cold after frosty night, brilliant sunshine and clear sky. The tarmac/grit path was excellent with only one place of 2mt where there was mud across the path. The sculptures are worth seeing, there are no long views however the countryside is beautiful. Like all ex railway walks it can be a tad boring and monotonous especially in the cuttings where you lose the sunshine. perfect for off road cycling with youngsters.

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Steven Brooks
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Muddy

E enjoyed family bike ride whilst staying at Bainland Country Park. Trail only 5 minutes away, and was suitable for all our group, aged 3 to 56. Lots of sculptures and countryside to sea, and it was level. It was boggy, particularly just before the canal, but was expected after the large amount of rain we've had recently. Would certainly recommend this trail, particularly for families or cyclists who don't like being on a main road

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Robert Waters
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Running

Fantastic trail path to run or walk, it’s best to park in Woodhall and pick up the Viking trail through the golf course, great woodland views.

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Kirsty Dalton
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Mountain biking

Good trail for kids as all flat and easy. Lovely sculptures to see along the way

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John Fishwick
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HikingBugs

Very pleasent walk, the odd bug bite, but nothing to worry about, with interesting sculptures on the way.

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Charlotte Charlotte
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my son and I did this walk yesterday which was lovely. my son really enjoyed riding along the trail on his bike as the walkway was perfect for it. we actually parked in Horncastle near the swimming pool which added an extra mile and a half to the walk, free parking and right next to the public footpath that takes you along the canal and meets with the spa trail. the sculptures along the way are lovely and there are stone markers along the way saying how far it is back to Horncastle and how far it is if you carry on to Woodhall Spa.

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Tanya Marten
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Hiking
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Abhilash Maheswari
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Danielle Bradshaw
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Rachael Bell
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Road biking