logo Walking Britain

Lincolnshire Walk
Alkborough & Winteringham from Whitton

County/Area - Lincolnshire

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 9.4 miles / 15.3 km    Ascent - 300 feet / 91 metres

Time - 5 hours 0 minutes    Grade - easy/mod

Maps Ordnance Survey Logo Anquet Maps Logo

Ordnance Survey Explorer 281Sheet Map1:25kBUY
Anquet OS Explorer 281Digital Map1:25kBUY

Walk Route Description

Photo from the walk - Alkborough & Winteringham from Whitton
Click image to see photo description.

This North Lincolnshire Walk starts from the village of Whitton and explores both the shores of the Humber Estuary, inland countryside and two other villages along the way. The walk has little ascent and generally all the paths used are easy to follow with few navigational problems.

The start is the village of Whitton (grid ref.SE902245) where there are opportunities for on-street parking. However please park with courtesy and ensure you do not inconvenience residents. You will arrive in Whitton heading north along Main Street. The start of the walk is where Main Street becomes Church Hill (with a cul-de-sac on the left when approaching from the south). On the west side of the road there is a wooden gate with a stile and fingerpost. This is the route to take.

Follow the clear grassy path as it climbs gently. At the first footpath junction, reached after 350 metres, ignore the descending path on the right and continue ahead with excellent views on your right across the Humber Estuary. Continue for three kilometres of easy walking to reach the outskirts of Alkborough village at Sand Pit Lane (grid ref. SE883221). Cross the lane and follow the continuing path which leads round to join Church Side at the east end of St John the Baptist parish church.

Continue along Church Side and continue straight ahead into Back Street. Ignore Cross Lane on the left and continue along Back Street. A short to Julian's Bower on the right offers a great vantage point. Perched on an escarpment over the confluence of the Trent and Humber Rivers the view northwest is particularly good.

Return to Back Street and turn right. Follow the road around to the left to reach a crossroads. Go straight across (signed to Winterton). As the road bends to the right, take the signed footpath on the left (fingerpost is behind the hedge on the left). Follow this path to reach a path junction after 350 metres with the school opposite. Turn right and follow the path for just over two kilometres to reach a road (grid ref. SE904219). Turn left and take the first signed path on your right just past a stand of trees (fingerpost on the left of the road).

At the end of the first large field, the path turns right. Almost immediately turn left to continue in the same direction as before alongside Haven Drain. After about a kilometre the path turns sharp right and then shortly after turns left along a track. After 400 metres look out for a path on your left. Take this path between houses to reach Meggitt Lane. Turn left and follow the lane as it turns right and pass Winteringham All Saints church on your left. Follow Meggitt Lane as it bears to the right to reach a road junction with a small grassed area opposite (grid ref. SE927225). Bear left down Western Green and continue to a T-junction. Turn left along Marsh Lane.

Turn right along a signed footpath on your right immediately before a bridge over Haven Drain. Follow this path for 500 metres to reach another road (Lower Burgage). Turn left and follow this lane for 400 metres to where it turns sharp left across a bridge over a drain. Ignore the footpath on the right before the bridge. Cross the bridge and take the signed footpath on the right This path soon bears left just before a boatyard and then continues for four kilometres back to Church Hill in Whitton Village. Walk straight ahead past the church on your left to reach the starting point.

Other walks nearby

Walk 1414 Barton and Barrow-on-Humbereasy/mod8.3 miles
Walk 3627 Epworth Circulareasy6.4 miles
Walk 1760 Pocklington Canal, Melbourne & East Cottingwitheasy/mod11.0 miles
Walk 2727 Pocklington Canal from Allerthorpe Woodmoderate11.0 miles
Walk 1939 River Don & New Junction Canal from Fishlakemoderate12.6 miles

Recommended Books & eBooks

The National Trails

The National TrailsThis inspirational guidebook looks at each of the UK's 19 National Trails, with information that allows ease of comparison and contrast, inspiring you to find out more and to take up a long-distance challenge. Some Trails are short and easy, others much longer, many have strong themes - they may follow a coastline, or traverse ranges of hills.
More information

Map and Compass

Map and CompassAn instructive guidebook explaining map and compass techniques, to help readers enhance their outdoor experiences. Whether you are experienced in map-reading, or have never used a compass before, this guidebook will sharpen your skills and have you exploring new areas in no time. There are also tips for GPS and digital mapping technologies.
More information

Further Information

Walk Location Map

Walk location map

Walking in Lincolnshire

The County of Lincolnshire has a long coastline on the North Sea to the east and varied landscapes inland. For walkers, this diversity means that there are a wide variety of walks including the cost, the rolling Wolds, historic villages and many nature reserves. For many the rolling hills of the Lincolnshire Wolds offer some the best walking in the county. In complete contrast the flat and often watery landscapes of the Fens are equally attractive. In the western half of the county the limestone escarpment running north-south also offers some outstanding walking.

Walk grading - Learn how each walk is assessed and select a walk to suit your ability and experience by going to Walk Grading Details.

Accommodation Nearby

Self Catering & Cottage Holidays - Properties throughout the UK & Europe

Follow Walking Britain for the latest news. Facebook Twitter

Mountain Weather

Stay safe on the mountains with detailed weather forecasts - for iOS devices or for Android devices.