SaxilbyNorth Hykeham

Saxnor one
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Through Hartsholme Park

Through Hartsholme Park


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Grid Ref SK8919475314
Lat / Lon 53.26735° / -0.66413°
Easting / Northing 489,194E / 375,314N
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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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26 Nov 2021

A pleasant and fairly easy walk, though not one that's going to win any "beauties of the English Countryside" awards, if I'm to be brutally honest. I started at Hykeham Rail Station, and the first half mile takes you along a busy road between an industrial estate and a landfill site. It does pass the Lincolnshire Road Transport Museum though. Check their website ( for opening hours if that's your sort of thing. Anyway, once you've crossed the busy Dodington Road turn left along it and look for a public footpath sign pointing to the right. This will take you into Hartsholme Park, a surprisingly large wooded area in the middle of suburban Lincoln. Follow the path until you see a white footbridge at the entrance to the lake. Cross this and keep following the path with the lake on your right. Eventually this will bring you to Skellingthorpe Road. Cross this and follow a path into a wooded area just before some houses. Eventually, you reach a T-junction of paths. Turn left and follow the path between the houses and the ditch until you reach a T Junction with a broader track (Pig Lane) Turn right and cross the ditch before immediately turning left along a well marked track. Follow this, keeping the ditch on your left until you reach some garages on the outskirts of Skellingthorpe. Walk in front of them (ignoring the public footpath sign pointing behind them) and turn left into a quiet residential street. Turn right at the end and where this street takes a sharp right, take the footpath past the church. At the end of the path turn left and follow the road to a junction. Head straight on here (it's signposted Old Wood South) and follow this road for about quarter of a mile. Where the tarmac road veers off to the right, carry straight on along the unsurfaced track. This eventually becomes a narrow footpath at the entrance to Skellingthorpe Old Wood. Almost immediately you take the footpath to the right, and stay on this until you leave the woods. The path then follows a broad green strip of land between arable fields, but it is easy to follow. Eventually it turns to the left and shortly afterwards a footpath sign points to a well delineated path across a footbridge and some fields to a road. There is a public footpath sign here which seems to point into a private garden. As I couldn't see an obvious way out of the garden I simply followed the (very quiet) road which joined a busier road for the last half mile into Saxilby. Crossing the very busy A57 a footpath leads you over the canal and into Saxilby village.

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