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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Bottesford and Grantham.

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Grid RefSK8105539247
Lat / Lon 52.94452° / -0.79521°
Easting / Northing481,055E / 339,247N
Grid RefSK9137635224
Lat / Lon 52.90671° / -0.64279°
Easting / Northing491,376E / 335,224N

Botgra One's land is

Arable 70.4%
Pasture 5.5%
Urban 24.1%

Data: Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2018



19 Mar 2022

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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