Gateway Walks - To Legsby & Linwood and back again - 2

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  • Duration 2.5 to 3 hours

A circular walk of 4½ miles from Market Rasen through surrounding farmland.

This walk starts from Market Rasen and heads through fields over the Coversands; soils which are very deep but which dry out quickly and are subject to wind erosion. This route also follows the National Cycle Route for a distance, whilst the route gives you the opportunity to explore a heathland nature reserve.

  • Distance: 4½ miles (7 km)
  • Time: Approx 2½ to 3 hours at a leisurely pace.
  • Parking:Car Park in John Street, Market Rasen – grid ref: TF 106 890 Postcode LN8 3HH
  • Terrain: Footpaths, byways and fields can be very muddy at times. Some verge walking. All on level ground.
  • Toilets: John Street, Market Rasen
  • Stiles: Numerous

Looking after the Wolds - The Lincolnshire Wolds Countryside Service works in partnership with the Lincolnshire Wolds Joint Advisory Committee and other groups and individuals to help protect, enhance and raise awareness of this nationally protected landscape. For more information about the Wolds, please visit the Lincolnshire Wolds AONB website.

Step by step instructions
  1. Let's set off!
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    Start in the free car park in John Street, Market Rasen. Leave the car park by the John Street entrance and turn left. Turn left again into Chapel Street, pass the magnificent iconic column frontage of the Methodist Church and go under the railway bridge.

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    Cross over Linwood Road into Serpentine Street and turn right into a narrow passage immediately after Maltings Court.

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    Go straight on at the end of a cul-de-sac into a footpath passage opposite. Cross over the street next waymarker, into the footpath opposite, keep straight on.

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    Continue straight on, keeping the cemetery on your left, until you reach Legsby Road. Turn right at the road, walking out of the town.

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    Just past the ‘The Ridings’ housing estate on the right-hand side, take the footpath between the bungalows at the waymarker.

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    At the end of the gardens, cross diagonally left over two fields then go left to a gate.

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    Follow the hedge line, before following the arrow sign on the post, diagonally right across the field to Woodhill Farm.

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    At the farm entrance, go through a gate and follow the direction arrows. At the corner go diagonally right and aim for the marker post near a tree at the end of a hedge.

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    Continue on the same direction, crossing the next field to the hedge. At the four-way marker post on Willingham Lane byway turn right and follow the Willingham Lane byway all the way to the main road at Linwood. Turn right along the foot/cycle path beside the road, past the National Cycle Network sculpture.

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    Go past The Poplars on your left, the turn left along a footpath, just before the Market Rasen sign keeping the hedge on your left. With care cross the railway line and turn immediately right, keeping parallel to the fence. Continue through a hedge and past another railway crossing.

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    Follow the path away from the railway line then between houses. Cross the block-paved road and continue on the urban path to another waymarker, next to a large grassy hollow.

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    Turn right at the tarmac road (Mill Road). Continue downhill to the school. Follow the road right, then by the library, cross Chapel Street and back to John Street car park.

  14. You made it! Well done.