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This is a Slow Ways route connecting North Hykeham and Lincoln.

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North Hykeham
Grid Ref SK9332866191
Lat / Lon 53.18466° / -0.60483°
Easting / Northing 493,328E / 366,191N
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Grid Ref SK9758870915
Lat / Lon 53.22635° / -0.53966°
Easting / Northing 497,588E / 370,915N
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Norlin One's land is

Arable 20.0%
Pasture 28.0%
Urban 52.0%

Data: Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2018


Hugh Hudson

13 Jul 2024 (edited 14 Jul 2024) Summer

Walked from Lincoln to Hykeham. A good route, safe and easy to follow. My only criticism is that the GPX plotting is a bit slapdash in places, but never bad enough to cause any serious confusion.

We go west from Lincoln station and turn left over the level crossing along High Street, then cross the A57 (Ropewalk) and turn right. After crossing the Witham we join the path/cycle track on the far side. The next few miles are simple - just follow the river. In places there is a choice between a narrow compacted gravel path along the flood bank or a cycle track further away from the river and lower down, but either way navigation is easy. The one slightly awkward spot is Brace Bridge, where crossing the main road may require patience - there are traffic lights not too far away in both directions.

Beyond the bridge we lose the cycle track, and the path is mostly unsurfaced, but clear and fairly well trodden. Eventually we leave the river to follow a drainage ditch half right. This takes us most of the way to the edge of Hykeham, but we leave it at a signposted junction over a few steps to cross a field and join a narrow path alongside a stream which leads to an obvious path between houses.

The rest is mostly residential streets apart from two short alleyways and one shortcut through a park. Eventually we reach Newark Road and turn left. There are no pelican crossings on this stretch but there is one place to cross with a small central refuge. The Hykeham meeting point is oddly situated outside a pub car park/garden - the only seats belong to the pub.


25 Sep 2021 Autumn

Quite a pleasant walk, which ticks all the Slow Ways boxes, starting with a mile or so through quiet suburban streets, and then following a drainage ditch (a nicer walk than it sounds!) to the river Witham. (When the ditch meets the Witham the footpaths can be a little confusing - the signed path takes you away from the river through a farmyard and onto the busy Hykeham Road. It's not much of a detour but not particularly pleasant. Instead take the other, unsigned, path through a gate and between fences which takes you to the river bank.) Once you cross the very busy Newark Road go through the car park to the left of the Plough Inn and take the well surfaced Riverside Path which leads right into the centre of Lincoln. The section from Hykeham to the Plough isn't suitable for cyclists, but the Riverside Path is ideal. In fact for large parts of its length there is a parallel footpath and cycle track the footpath being closer to the river bank.

The slow ways web site has three versions of this path but as far as I can see they're all the same. I'm not quite sure why!.

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