SleafordMetheringham

Slemet one
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21km/13mi

Ascent

61 m

Descent

62 m

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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Sleaford and Metheringham.

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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Sleaford and Metheringham.

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Sleaford
Grid Ref TF0680045450
Lat / Lon 52.99576° / -0.41018°
Easting / Northing 506,800E / 345,450N
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Metheringham
Grid Ref TF0690961414
Lat / Lon 53.13919° / -0.40326°
Easting / Northing 506,909E / 361,414N
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Slemet One's land is

Arable 77.6%
Pasture 6.2%
Urban 15.8%
Woods 0.4%

Data: Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2018

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JurassicWayfarers

23 Jan 2022

Apologies but this review traces the route in reverse, from Metheringham to Sleaford (the train timetable didn’t easily allow for the established direction to be followed. I caught the train from Sleaford to Metheringham and walked back). This route predominately follows the Spires & Steeples waymarked footmath, but the route does divert away at some points. This caught me out unfortunately as you’ll see below.

Starting at the Cross in the centre of Metheringham, the route soon leaves the village heading south towards Blankney. The path was good but there were a couple of kissing gates that would restrict access. The route then continues to Scopwick on generally good quality farm tracks.

The section between Scopwick to Rowston however crossed a number of ploughed fields, which after recent rain were particularly muddy. There were some styles and small bridges across dykes to negotiate, and a couple of examples where footpaths were not marked out at all, necessitating a walk around the field boundary. Rowston to Digby was a welcome section of quiet road-walking, before a long and again very muddy section of field footpaths either side of Dorrington until reaching Ruskington.

At Ruskington take care to spot a slight diversion of the Slow Way route away from the Spires & Steeples route, as it crosses the railway line over a road bridge on Fen Lane (Spires & Steeples crosses it using a footbridge further in the village). The routes re-join on the outskirts. Ruskington also has a decent set of shops and a railway station to break the journey if required.

There is a more significant diversion between the Slow Way and Spires & Steeples route at the edge of Ruskington which I missed. Having walked through a small poultry farm, the Spires & Steeples route continues along a well-used footpath to the A153, before crossing and joining the River Slea at an established car park and weir. The Slow Way route however diverges at the poultry farm and continues down a small road before crossing the A153 and joining the River Slea via a footpath. I missed this diversion, which added a mile extra to the distance (though I gained a nice walk along the wooded section of riverbank).

The final section of the route follows the River Slea embankment into Sleaford. It was a good path although muddy at times. The route passes under the busy A17 although the steps down were easy to miss. The last section was well used, entering the town and passing Cogglesford water mill and the town swimming pool. Navigating the last bit through the streets of Sleaford wasn’t easy but the railway station was easy to find.

In dryer conditions this route would be absolutely fine, although avoid becoming over-reliant on following the Spires & Steeples signs as I did. In wet conditions however the route was very muddy, although not impossible to walk. There were kissing gates and I counted 7 stiles, plus steps down to the path below the A17. The section along the riverbank was also narrow at times. The route is therefore unsuitable for wheelchairs or mobility scooters.


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