2 hours
15 mins


Wragby & Goltho Walk Short


A walk through part of the Lincolnshire Limewoods area taking in both new and established woodland close to Wragby.

Starting point
Market Place
Grid reference: TF 132 780

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The Lincolnshire Limewoods area, between Wragby, Bardney and Woodhall Spa, is a great place to explore with ancient woodlands, medieval abbey ruins, and a wealth of wildlife and history.

The Lincolnshire Limewoods are the most important examples of small-leaved lime woodland remaining in Britain and have been designated as a National Nature Reserve (NNR). These woodlands date back to prehistoric times and are believed to be one of the few remaining examples of wildwood with continuous woodland cover for the last 8000 years. They provide a range of habitats for a variety of wildlife.

Owned and managed by Forestry England, Cocklode and Great West Woods are part of the Bardney Limewoods NNR and are examples of the best small-leaved lime woodland in Britain.

  • 1Leave the Market Place along Bardney Road, towards the old windmill.
  • 2Turn left along Mill View Road. At the end of the road continue straight on along a public footpath to the edge of the old cemetery.
  • 3Turn right and follow the footpath across the field to a hedge. Cross the bridge and continue along the footpath, ignoring a footpath on the left, to walk beside a hedge and drain to a road.
  • 4Turn left. Take care around the bends on this stretch of road (the verge on the right hand side of the road is wider).
  • 5After 400m turn right along a public footpath and follow the edge of the field straight ahead. At the end of the hedge turn left beside some trees and after approx. 80m turn right across the field to the corner of the woodland. Continue straight ahead alongside the woodland to a drive.
  • 6Walk across the drive and bear slightly left heading towards the hedge to the left of the telegraph pole ahead. Go through the gap in the hedge and bear left, cutting across the corner of the field, to the hedge. Follow the hedge and drain on the left. Where the drain bends left at a telegraph pole continue straight on across the field to a bridge over a drain.
  • 7Cross the bridge, turn left and walk beside the drain for approx. 150m. Where the drain bends to the left, walk ahead across the field bearing left to a fingerpost sited on the edge of an area of tree planting. Bear left to a bridge. Cross the bridge and bear right towards the woodland edge and fingerpost, walking through another area of planted trees.
  • 8At the finger post turn right. At the bridge and junction of footpaths turn right over a second bridge and follow the field edge straight on to a bridge into the woodland. Follow the path through the woodland.
  • 9At the woodland edge bear right through an area of tree planting and across the field heading to the right hand edge of the wooded area on the opposite side of the field. Walk through the trees to the road.
  • 10Turn right and follow the road, ignoring a road on the left, to rejoin the directions at point 15, at a public footpath sign on the left.
  • 15Follow the road to a junction.
  • 16Turn left to return to the Market Place in Wragby.

The walk uses roadside paths, field paths and roads. There are no stiles. You may encounter livestock.

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Starting point

Market Place



Grid reference: TF 132 780