Walk 1428 - printer friendly version
Blankney circular Walk
Author - North Kesteven Council
Length - 3.8 miles / 6.2 km
Ascent - 50 feet / 15 metres
Grade - easy
Start - OS grid reference TF073605
Lat 53.130872 + Long -0.397731
Postcode LN4 3BB (approx. location only)
Blankney lies between Metheringham and Scopwick beside the B1188 on the edge of Lincoln Heath. To the east the limestone dip slope gradually declines until at Car Dyke it meets the Witham peat fens. Blankney village is at the centre of a large estate originally granted to Walter De Aincourt by William the Conqueror for service rendered at the Battle of Hastings. It remained the principal family seat for 400 years until in 1466, it passed by marriage into the hands of the Lovell family.
1 - From the car park, walk through the picnic site and walk along the edge of the beech woodland. Before you leave the picnic site look to your right to see a beautifully renovated bridge which used to cross the carriageway leading to Blankney Hall. Follow the path along the edge of the woodland until you reach a stile on your left.
2 - Cross over the stile and follow the way marker into pasture beyond. St Oswald's Church can be seen on your right. Cross a second stile and a stream and continue straight on.
3 - Follow the path as it hugs the field edges, keeping the hedgerow on your left until the waymarkers lead left towards and area of woodland.
4 - Turn left here, with the hedgerow on your right, and follow this track until you reach the woodland.
5 - Turn right and follow the field edge path with the hedgerow on your right and woodland to the left, pass the bench and follow the way marker which leads off to your right.
6 - Turn immediately left along the field edge path with the large Hawthorn hedge on your left and continue until you reach a gap in the hedge.
7 - Go through the gap and follow the public footpath, now with the hedge on your right, along a grassy path. Continue on until you meet a farm track.
8 - Turn left onto this track which will take you onto a metalled road known as Acre Lane. Turn left onto Acre Lane and follow it to Scopwick Lowfields Farm. With care, pass through the farm buildings and follow the footpath as it bends right along the edge of the field until you reach a T-junction.
9 - Turn left at this junction and follow the public footpath past mature Blackthorn bushes and over a low wall bridge until you meet a further junction of paths. Turn left at this junction and continue along the public footpath.
10 - Follow the public footpath with the hedgerow on your right until you cross a stream.
11 - After crossing the stream turn immediately left over the stile and walk across pasture back to the car park, keeping the stream on your left.
This route is from the Stepping Out series of walks produced by North Kesteven Council.