Go Stepping Out!

Stepping Out is a collection of walks through quiet, unspoilt countryside in the heart of rural Lincolnshire.

North Kesteven is a district of picturesque villages and exquisite medieval churches, a living landscape steeped in history and rich in wildlife. North Kesteven is also the home of the Royal Air Force, boasting a wealth of aviation history with airfields past and present, as well as RAF College Cranwell. These walks have been carefully chosen to bring our unique heritage to life and with accessible routes ranging from less than three to nine miles, there is a walk for everyone to go Stepping Out!

The Stepping Out network captures the five distinct landscape types that characterise North Kesteven: enjoy the drama of the Lincoln Cliff escarpment, with its breathtaking views over the Trent and Witham Vales to the west; discover lost villages and the forgotten history of the Knights Templar among the fertile fields and Roman byways of the Dip Slope as it falls to the east; explore the edge of the fens along the Car Dyke and the River Witham, with spectacular views of Lincoln Cathedral dominating the skyline to the north; or take a stroll through the undulating Kesteven Uplands of the south with its stone built manors, villages and farms bounded by thorny hedges and connected by wide-verged lanes.

The Stepping Out network covers over 130 miles with each walk being accompanied by a detailed walk which you can download further down this page. Alternatively you can recieve hardcopies by contacting the North Kesteven District Council Tourism Team on 01529 308207 or email discovernk@n-kesteven.gov.uk

Here is a brief overview of each walk below! You can also download each walk at the bottom of this page.

Skellingthorpe Old Wood

Starting in Skellingthorpe village, the walk follows woodland trails through this special Woodland Trust area.

Walk Distance: 4.5 miles / 7.6km

Aubourn and Haddington

Discover the ancient history surrounding the villages of Aubourn and Haddington and explore their surrounding countryside.

Walk Distance: Walk 1: 4.5 miles / 7.2km     Walk 2: 2.9 miles / 4.7km

River Witham Walks

Delightful cicular walks from Bracebridge Heath and North Hykeham, enjoying the banks of the River Witham and panoramic views from the Lincoln Cliff.

Walk Distance: Walk 1: 4.5 miles / 7.3km     Walk 2: 5 miles / 8km

Thorpe on the Hill and Tunman Wood

Starting from Thorpe on the Hill or the Dovecote public house, enjoy countryside and wildlife along green lanes and woodland paths.

Walk Distance: Walk 1: 2.8 miles / 4.5km     Walk 2: 3.8 miles / 6.1km

The Eastern Slea

Explore the River Slea and its surrounding countryside and follow the Slea eastwards on a linear walk to Haverholme Priory.

Walk Distance: 3.75 miles / 6km

Riverside Walk

Explore the River Slea and its surrounding countryside. This route contains circular walks westwards towards North and South Rauceby.

Walk Distance: 6.4 miles / 10.3km

Rauceby Walks

Two walks from North and South Raucebytaking you through delightful countryside and parkland.

Walk Distance: Walk 1: 4.75 miles / 7.5km     Walk 2: 4 miles / 6.5km

Welbourn Walks

Walks through the Lowfields and along the slope of the Lincoln Edge, starting in the cnetre of this attracitve cliff village.

Walk Distance: Walk 1: 2.25 miles / 3.6km     Walk 2: 6 miles / 9.7km

Wellingore and Temple Bruer

Enjoy magnificent views across the Trent Valley from these Lincoln cliff edge and heath parts. Explore the remains of Knights Templar Prospectory and enjoy the quiet lanes and footpaths which explore this ancient heathland.

Walk Distance: Walk 1: 6.1 miles / 9.8km     Walk 2: 8.4 miles / 13.5km

Bloxholme and Brauncewell

Discover the sites of ancient medieval villages along the woodland and pasture walks. Tucked away to the southwest of Broxholme is the site of deserted medieval village of Brauncewell.

Walk Distance: 3.4 miles / 5.5km

Car Dyke by Wood and Fen

Discover the mysteries of the Roman Car Dyke and enjoy panoramic views along the fenland edge.

Walk Distance: Walk 1: 3 miles / 4.9km    Walk 2: 4 miles / 6.3km

Martin and Metheringham Barff

A walk rich in variety with sweeping views across the fens and exploring the site of the old RAF Metheringham with its evocative memorial.

Walk Distance: 6.3 miles / 10.1km

Nocton and Dunston Walks

Ancient woodland and fens provide two beautiful walks setting out from the historic villages of Nocton and Dunston.

Walk Distance: Walk 1: 4 miles / 6.4km    Walk 2: 2.8 miles / 4.5km

Blankney Walk

A walk through the beautiful parkland and farmland surrounding this delightful village.

Walk Distance: 3.8 miles / 6.1km

Socpwick and Kirkby Green

Two walks on ancient bridleways and lanes to explore the rich countryside around these neighbouring villages.

Walk Distance: Walk 1 : 2.3 miles / 3.7km    Walk 2: 1.9 miles / 3km

Culverthorpe Walks

Country estate walks in an area of gently rolling hills, woods and parkland.

Walk Distance: Walk 1: 3.5 miles / 5.3km     Walk 2: 1 mile / 2.6km

N.B. Alternative routes on this walk have bridges and stiles that are awaiting repair. Please take care when walking on these routes.

Doddington Walks

Walks in and around historic Doddington Hall and Gardens. There are lots of places to explore on foot or bicycle.

Walk Distance: Walk 1: 3.5 miles / 5.3km     Walk 2: 1 mile / 2.6km

Hill Holt Wood and Other Walks

A 34 acre deciduous woodland managed using traditional methods and has many fascinating areas to explore including the TeePee, Roman Villa and various carved sculptures dotted around the wood.

Walk Distance: 0.5 miles / 0.8km

Heckington Fen Walk

A long circular walk across a mix of grassy banks, rough pasture and farmland which can be muddy. There is also a small amount of road walking on quiet roads. This walk has stiles, kissing gates and steps.

Walk Distance: 6 miles / 9.65kms