A short walk through the grazing marshes landscape and along the coast through Saltfleetby - Theddlethorpe dunes, a National Nature Reserve.
Saltfleet New Inn
Grid reference: TF 454 938
Lying between the coast and the Wolds, Lincolnshire’s coastal grazing marshes are a nationally threatened habitat supporting a rich variety of wildlife with a distinctive landscape and rich cultural history. Big skies and long views dotted by churches give the grazing marshes a unique character, this special landscape is full of untold stories and hidden clues that tell of how this landscape has been shaped through history.
Saltfleet is believed to have been one of the biggest ports outside London during the 12th to 15th centuries, providing important trade links to Europe. Lincoln Longwool fleeces, revered for their long yarn, and salt were shipped to Europe whilst tobacco, spices, gin and building materials would be brought back on the returning ships. The import of building materials during this period explains why many local buildings are constructed from European stones. The port contributed to the wealth of local market towns such as Louth, Alford and Burgh le Marsh, but was also responsible for a rise in smuggling and a wealth of folklore that now surrounds these communities.
Saltfleetby-Theddlethorpe Dunes National Nature Reserve is a major coastal reserve of international importance. There is a wealth of wildlife including displays of cowslips, lady’s bedstraw, viper’s bugloss and field mouse-ear on the dunes, marsh orchids in the freshwater marsh and on the saltmarsh look out for sea thrift, sea lavender and sea aster. During the spring and autumn the sea buckthorn can attract migrating birds. On warm, sultry evenings in late spring the distinctive churring calls of male natterjack toads may be heard.
- 1With you back to the New Inn turn left along Main Road.
- 2Turn right onto Louth Road, signed Skidbrooke, and follow it for approximately 200m.
- 3Just after crossing the drain turn left onto the public footpath. Bear right across the field, towards the end of the line of trees in the distance.
- 4At the field corner turn left over the bridge. Turn right, following the footpath, and after 20m turn left, cross a track and bridge and follow the path straight ahead along the side of a drain for 0.75 miles (1.2 kilometres) to a road.
- 5Turn left and at the crossroads continue straight ahead, taking care crossing the road.
- 6Walk along the tarmac lane until you reach Sea View car park. Go straight across the car park to join the path along the edge of the saltmarsh. Turn left and walk towards Saltfleet along a nature reserve path.
- 7At the end of the dunes cross the drain and follow the track to a road.
- 8Turn right and follow the roadside path through the village to the starting point.
The walk uses quiet roads, field paths and dune paths. You are likely to encounter stiles and livestock.