Gateway Walks - To Legsby & Linwood and back again - 3

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  • Duration 3 to 3.5 hours

A circular of 5¾ 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.

  • Distance: 5 miles (9 km)
  • Time: Approx 3 to 3½ hours at a leisurely pace.
  • Parking: Car Park in John Street, Market Rasen – grid ref: TF 108 890 Postcode LN8 3HH
  • Terrain: Footpaths, byways and fields can be very muddy at times. Some verge walking onall routes. 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 cross over the Willingham Lane byway and continue ahead across the next field. Aim for the edge of the woodland, to the left of the drive way of College Farm.

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    Go through a gate and continue ahead, crossing stiles and gates keeping the woodland on your left until you enter Legsby Wood. Follow the main path until you arrive at a gravelled track.

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    Continue straight over, on the footpath through the broadleaf woodland. Continue through the trees with both sides opening to fields. Follow the track past the house, Wood Side, to reach the road.

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    Turn left, walking towards the hamlet of Little London and continue to the road bend at Bella Hill. Go left round the bend to Legsby Road, keeping to the grass verges.

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    As you walk by on the left is Linwood Warren Nature Reserve which is managed by the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust. If you would like to explore the reserve, there are two circular waymarked routes, one of 0.6 miles and one of 0.75 miles.

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    You pass Market Rasen Golf Course and the Racecourse to return to Market Rasen.

  16. You made it! Well done.