North Somercotes 500 Acres Walk
These walks are set around the village of North Somercotes and the surrounding countryside. North Somercotes lies in the Lincolnshire coastal plain known as the outmarsh. During the 12th century this section of the coastline was several miles further inland then it is today and North Somercotes is one of a line of villages that sit along what was once the sea bank. Settlers slowly drained and reclaimed the land and during the medieval period the rich pasture was used to fatten livestock.The North Somercotes History Group is a good source of further information and can be found on Facebook.
The North Somercotes walks can be linked together to form longer walks to take in village and countryside.
Starting point: Village Hall, Keeling Street, North Somercotes, LN11 7QU
You will walk past some evidence of an old wartime camp and land that forms the 500 acres and stretches to the sea bank. It is one quarter of a parcel of land which was drained on the instructions of King Charles I. In 1632 he granted Endymion Porter - one of his Grooms of the Bedchamber - 2000 acres of mature salt-marsh to reclaim.
This was soon achieved and by way of compensation to the communities of both North and South Somercotes Porter agreed to the construction of the Forty Foot way to the sea at Stonebridge, now known as Marsh Lane, and further allotted the 500 acres to the commoners.
- 1From the village hall walk into the village past the war memorial and turn right along Brown's Lane. Follow the path straight on in front of the houses to junction with a track. Turn left, in front of Humberstone Villas, and follow the path around to the right to the junction. Turn left and follow the footpath and road to a T-junction.
- 2Turn right and where the road bends left, continue straight on along a footpath and Wembley Road.
- 3Follow the unmade road past the houses on the left and then follow the path between two hedges.
- 4Where the double hedge ends, turn right across a field before crossing ‘Cradle Bridge’ where the path turns half right between two fields. To the left you will see part of the old RAF Donna Nook buildings.
- 5The path will shortly turn left and you will pass through the old camp area to the road.(* if you would like to extend this walk see longer option below).
- 6Turn left and follow this road to a T- junction.
- 7At the T-junction turn left and continue to the junction of this road with Bank End and Cemetery Road.
- 8Turn left and on your right you will pass the village Cemetery and its unusual twin chapels.
- 9Continue along Cemetery Road as it bends to the right to become Churchill Road and a T-junction with Keeling Street.
- 10Turn left to return to the Village Hall.* longer option (adds 4 km - 2.5 miles to the walk).
- 11At this junction, if you wish to extend your walk - and see the sea - cross the road and follow the long straight Donna Nook Road ahead. Towards the end and to the right you will see the old Coast Guard Houses and the lookout.
- 12Follow the road as it bends left, and at the next junction turn right to reach Stonebridge car park and access to the beach and Donna Nook National Nature Reserve. Caution: Live Firing - you must observe the Range Danger Boards and Red Flags at all times. It stretches from Grainthorpe Haven in the North to Saltfleet in the South.
- 13To return to North Somercotes leave the car park and follow the road straight ahead (Marsh Lane) to the junction of this road with Bank End and Cemetery Road.
- 14Turn left and continue along the road as it bends to the right along Churchill Road to a T-junction with Keeling Street.
- 15Turn left to return to the Village Hall.
The walk uses roadside paths, tracks, quiet roads and field paths. There are no stiles and you are unlikely to encounter livestock