BottesfordGrantham

Botgra one
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Distance

15km/9mi

Ascent

58m

Descent

87m

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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Bottesford and Grantham.

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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Bottesford and Grantham.

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Reviews - 3

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Grade 2: Mostly smooth and compacted surfaces, but there may be some loose gravel, muddy patches or cobbles.
Access grade Y: Stile, step and obstacle free.
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Facilities

Facilities in the middle third of this route.

Maybe present Public toilet (1)
Maybe present Wheelchair accessible toilet (1)
Not present at time of survey Supermarket (1)
Present at time of survey Restaurant (1)
Maybe present Vegan restaurant (1)
Maybe present Accommodation (1)
Maybe present Accommodation < £50 (1)
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Not present at time of survey Bothy (1)
Maybe present Free wifi (1)
Not present at time of survey Public phone (1)
Present at time of survey Mobile phone coverage (1)
Not present at time of survey Train station (1)
Present at time of survey Bench (1)
Not present at time of survey Picnic table (1)
Not present at time of survey Bus stop (1)
Not present at time of survey Ferry (1)

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Not present at time of survey Scrambling (1)
Not present at time of survey Wading (1)
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Not present at time of survey Climbing (1)
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Not present at time of survey Very icy (1)
Not present at time of survey Likely to flood (1)
Not present at time of survey Long grass sections (1)
Not present at time of survey Crops encroaching on path (1)
Not present at time of survey Diverted path (1)

Obstacles

Obstacles on this route.

Not present at time of survey Stiles (1)
Not present at time of survey Step and kerbs (1)
Present at time of survey Possible to avoid steps, if applicable (1)
Not present at time of survey Flights of steps (1)
Present at time of survey Gates (1)
Not present at time of survey Kissing gates (1)
Not present at time of survey Locked gates (1)
Not present at time of survey Disables access gates (1)
Not present at time of survey Cycle barriers (1)
Not present at time of survey Ladders (1)
Not present at time of survey Cattle grids (1)
Not present at time of survey Fords (1)
Not present at time of survey Narrow bridges (1)
Not present at time of survey Ferry required (1)
Present at time of survey Acceptable road walking (1)
Not present at time of survey Unacceptable road walking (1)
Not present at time of survey Dangerous road crossings (1)
Present at time of survey Walking on paths beside roads (1)
Present at time of survey Walking on verges beside roads (1)
Not present at time of survey Railway crossings (1)
Not present at time of survey River crossings (1)
Not present at time of survey Cattle possible (1)
Not present at time of survey Horses possible (1)
Not present at time of survey Tidal area (1)
Present at time of survey Potential falls (1)
Present at time of survey Exposed to elements (1)
Not present at time of survey Remote area (1)
Not present at time of survey Mountainous area (1)
Not present at time of survey Military training area (1)
Not present at time of survey No visible path (1)
Maybe present Seasonal nesting birds (1)
Not present at time of survey Other hazards (1)

Accessibility

Is this route step and stile free?

Present at time of survey Free of stiles (1)
Present at time of survey Free of single steps/kerbs (1)
Present at time of survey Free of flights of steps (1)
Present at time of survey Free of other obstacles (1)

Measurements

Surveyors were asked to measure the narrowest and steepest parts of paths.

The narrowest part of the path is 100.0cm (1)

The steepest uphill gradient East: no data

The steepest uphill gradient West: no data

The steepest camber: no data

How clear is the waymarking on the route: Clear (1)

Successfully completed

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Small Pug-sized dog (0)
Small Labrador-sized dog (0)
Large St. Bernard-sized dog (0)
Standard pram (0)
Off-road rugged pram (0)
Standard wheelchair (0)
Off-road rugged wheelchair (0)
Standard mobility scooter (0)
Off-road rugged mobility scooter (0)

Recommended by an expert

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Standard pram (0)
Off-road rugged pram (0)
Standard wheelchair (0)
Off-road rugged wheelchair (0)
Standard mobility scooter (0)
Off-road rugged mobility scooter (0)

Terrain

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15.0% of the route is on roads (1)

10.0% of the route is lit at night (1)

50.0% of the route is paved (1)

10.0% of the route is muddy (1)

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2Y May 2023 by Hugh Hudson
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Start and end points

Bottesford
Grid Ref SK8105539247
Lat / Lon 52.94452° / -0.79521°
Easting / Northing 481,055E / 339,247N
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Grantham
Grid Ref SK9137635224
Lat / Lon 52.90671° / -0.64279°
Easting / Northing 491,376E / 335,224N
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Botgra One's land is

Arable 70.4%
Pasture 5.5%
Urban 24.1%

Data: Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2018

reviews


Hugh Hudson

30 Apr 2023 (edited 01 May 2023) Spring

Walked from Grantham to Bottesford on a fine spring Sunday after a fairly wet week. A good and fairly direct route which I am happy to snail. There are no steps or stiles, most of it is well surfaced and it is easy to follow, and the canal sections are pretty in places.

From the station at Grantham, we go a short distance north down Station Road then take the little pedestrian tunnel left, turning right at Huntingtower Road to reach Harlaxton Road. There is a zebra crossing just right here if needed. We cross and turn left, then right beyond the allotments down Earlesfield Lane, which takes us to the Grantham canal. This section is severed by the A1 and although as Ken says it seems an unnecessary detour, it was the only part of the route I had not walked before so this added interest for me. We follow the canal to the end of the path at the A607 roundabout, then go left to return to Harlaxton Road, where we go right under the A1 bridge, then right again to rejoin the canal.

We follow the canal for some distance. Eventually we reach Woolsthorpe Locks, where the pub is just to the left of the canal and easy to reach over the little bridge. From here the towpath is grassy and unsurfaced, but more interesting than the parallel cycle track. Most of the locks have now been restored, but the bottom two are effectively little weirs. As we approach Muston bridge there are several places where it is possible to join the cycle track, but none of them match the GPX line - I chose to remain on the towpath and double back right just before the bridge.

The cycle track cuts a corner on Woolsthorpe Lane, but eventually we return to the quiet road and follow it into Muston, going straight on to the no through road which is severed by the A52 Bottesford bypass. The main road has gates on either side. We then follow the road into Bottesford and around to the station meeting point. I think the meeting point here is fine, as the train services in and out of Bottesford are much better than the buses, especially from the Bingham/Nottingham direction.


John Johnson

15 Dec 2022 Autumn

15/12/2022 This is a very enjoyable route. I started at Grantham Railway Station and finished at Bottesford Railway Station. Its a pity not so much of the Grantham Canal now exists at the Grantham end East of the A 1. I was pleased to find very a very high standard of maintenance being carried out hedge cutting and grass mowing. I had a very enjoyable lunch at the Rutland Arms ( Dirty Duck ) There is a seat near Muston Bridge for lunch if anyone doesn't want to use the Duck for lunch.
Relive Video Here https://www.relive.cc/view/vdOR4GnmRrq
Well Done Mr B.


Ken

19 Mar 2022 Winter

A very good walk, no stiles, no cattle, easy navigation. Highly recommended and with care a bus or train links Bottesford and Grantham for a good linear leisure walk.

Starting from Grantham station, not the most central of locations and no seats, outside Wetherspoons in town would be much better. The route dives into a low narrow but illuminated tunnel under the station before joining the pavement alongside the main road. I can't see the advantage of the loop onto the isolated section of canal but it's there if you want it or just stay on the road which the route has to rejoin to pass under the A1.

From here it's easy rural towpath walking. The surface is good, shared with occasional cycles, dog walkers and anglers. A link to Harlaxton village at the second bridge where the fairytale manor serves as an outpost of the University of Evansville in Indiana, USA.

In the hedge bottom mileposts mark your journey counting down from 33 miles at Grantham. This section of the canal is all on one level until Woolsthorpe where the first or last lock can be seen. From here there is a choice, not clear on the plot so you can either climb the slope onto the old rail line, now a cycle track or stay on the canal. The advantage of this latter route is easy access to The Rutland Arms Inn. The Duke of Rutland being the owner of the Inn although not the landlord. The canal walk continues alongside more locks to the edge of Muston village where the towpath route joins the cycle route for a short way before joining the road. Walking in the opposite direction the plot isn't clear when it's time to transfer from road to cycle track, so take care.

Muston village is pleasant but the only services are The Muston Gap Inn on the main road or Old Forge Tea Rooms opposite the church. The route continues along what was the main road but cut off since the Bottesford Bypass was built so it's a quiet dead end with proper crossing arrangements although no lights to stop the traffic.

On the other side the road again a dead end is quiet to Easthorpe village. The plotted route to the station fails to take advantage of a cross field shortcut. To be honest, who wants to go to Bottesford railway station? There is nothing there and it's a half mile from shops and pubs at the village centre. This meeting point needs amending, so cut down the path past the village hall.

I've walked this route many times, most of the pictures are from a winter walk in 2010.


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