Enjoy a walk close to Horncastle town centre through a Woodland Trust woodland and beside the Horncastle canal. Great for wildlife watching!
Horncastle swimming pool
Grid reference: TF 255 693
Banovallum Carr is owned and managed by The Woodland Trust. The woodland covers 20 acres and consists of mainly birch and alder trees with some willow and buckthorn along its edges. The first trees were planted on the site by local people in 2001 and a further adjacent area planted in 2007. Regular mowing takes place along the rides and other areas to encourage grassland habitat and allow people to explore the area.
The Horncastle Navigation canal opened in 1802 at a cost of £45,000. It ran between Horncastle and Tattershall, a distance of 11 miles, where it joined the Tattershall canal which linked to the river Witham. Now it is a great place to watch wildlife.
- 1With your back to the swimming pool entrance turn right and then right again between the hedge and river, keeping the river on your left. Walk across the grassed area to a kissing gate in the corner. Continue straight on along the field edge.
- 2After approximately 50m turn left through a gate to enter Banovallum Carr. Follow the path to the right and then keep left to walk alongside the river. Follow this path for approximately 0.5 miles (800m) to the end of the wood.
- 3Turn right and walk along the edge of the wood.
- 4At the end of the wood turn right and follow the path to a gate and bridge.
- 5Cross the bridge and walk along the field edge, keeping the ditch on your right, to the canal bank.
- 6Turn right and follow the canal path back to the swimming pool.
This walk uses field and woodland paths. There are no stiles.
You may encounter livestock.