Lincolnshire Limewoods - Stainfield and Apley Hardy Gang Short

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  • Duration 2 hours 15 mins approx

Enjoy a walk from the village of Stainfield into the surrounding countryside. The walk goes through Hardy Gang Wood, one of the Limewoods that form the Bardney Limewoods National Nature Reserve. 

The walk uses quiet roads, field paths and woodland paths. It may be muddy in places if wet, especially through the woodland. You may encounter stiles on this walk.

The Lincolnshire Limewoods is an area between Wragby, Bardney and Woodhall Spa. It is a fantastic place to explore with ancient woodland, medieval religious ruins and a wealth of wildlife.

This walk leaflet is one in a series where you can experience all this! The Lincolnshire Limewoods are the most important examples of small-leaved lime woodland remaining in Britain and several have been collectively designated as the Bardney Limewoods National Nature Reserve. The woods provide a range of habitats for a variety of wildlife.

Keep your eyes open – you never know what you might see!

The walks start from the small village of Stainfield where there was once a medieval village and priory. The Hardy Gang Wood walk passes close by the remains of Barlings Abbey before going through a woodland and across arable farmland to the village of Apley, again the site of a medieval settlement. As well as going through mature woodland the walk also passes through several areas of recently planted native woodland.

  • Distance: 4.4 miles (7km)
  • Time: Approx 2 hours 15 minutes at a leisurely pace.
  • Parking: Village Hall (as above), by kind permission of the Village Hall Trustees.
  • Terrain: he walks use quiet roads, field paths and woodland paths. The walks are level but may be uneven and muddy in places especially through the woodland.

Lincolnshire County Council make occasional changes to these walks or information to the leaflet. For up to date information visit

Step by step instructions
  1. Let's set off!
  2. 1

    Leave the car park and turn left along the road.

  3. 2

    Follow the road as it bends to the left (signed Langworth). After approximately 900m turn left off the road and onto a bridleway. Walk across the fields by bearing right towards the right hand corner of the copse. At the fingerpost, cross the bridge and go through the gate.

  4. 3

    Turn left and follow the field edge for approximately 150m to a fingerpost. Bear right across the field towards a wooden fingerpost to the right of an area of scrub. The remains of Barlings Abbey can be seen ahead.

  5. 4

    At the fingerpost, if you want to visit Barlings Abbey turn left and follow the bridleway over the bridge. To continue the walk turn right (along the Viking Way). Walk straight ahead, alongside the hedgerow and ditch until you reach a gate and bridge at the edge of the woodland on your left (apporximately 900 metres).

  6. 5

    Enter the woodland and follow the bridleway straight ahead through the wood. The route through the wood can get very wet and muddy. If you want to avoid the wood, bear right across the field to a gate and fingerpost at the road. Turn left and follow the road for approximately 500m to a junction. Turn left and at the next junction bear right and rejoin the directions at point 7.

  7. 6

    At the road turn right and walk 500m to a road junction.

  8. 7

    Follow the road to the right and at the next junction bear right and then turn immediately left onto a bridleway (part of the Viking Way). Cross the fields, go through a gate and over a bridge and continue straight on across the fields and along a field edge to a road.

  9. 8

    Turn right and follow the road to a junction.

  10. 9

    Turn left and follow the road back to the village hall and starting point.

  11. You made it! Well done.