South Lincolnshire Walking Festival 2019

28 September to 27 October 2019

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Take a look at this from 2016. This will be updated in due course. Get ready for our second weekend of walks in 2016!

david leatherdale irnham to bonnie scotland.jpgWe hope you enjoyed last weekend’s walks. Did you take any photos? Share them with us on Facebook, Twitter or by popping them in an email to We’d love to see them!

This Friday, Saturday and Sunday we have 16 fantastic walks lined up for you, from a 1 mile stroll along the River Banks of Boston with historian Neil Wright to an energetic 11 miles of Green Lanes and a Country House Near Osbournby.

You can discover Hidden Belton, Break Boundaries from Stamford, track down The Welsh Princess, go on a Chocolate Pilgrimage, make your Great Escape and experience the Chicken Run plus many more listed below. 11 of the walks are dog-friendly so you can bring your walking buddy along too!

13. Hidden Belton – BOOKING ESSENTIAL
Walk leader: Rachael Hall, National Trust Archaeologist 01476 566116 or email
Friday 30th September at 09:30
Start point: Start point on the Belton House estate will be provided at time of booking
Distance: Up to 4 miles
Cost: Walk is free but ‘grounds only’ admission applies
Dogs welcome
14. Green Lanes and a Country House near Osbournby
Friday 30th September at 10:00
Walk leader: Alison Crow
Start point: High Street, Osbournby NG34 0DP TF068381
Distance: 11 miles
Dogs welcome
15. Algarkirk and Sutterton Circular Walk
Friday 30th September at 11:00
Walk leader: Rosemary Saunders
Start point: Algarkirk Village Hall PE20 2HH TF291351
Distance: 4 miles
Dogs welcome
16. From Market to Mill
Friday 30th September at 11:00
Walk leader: Lincolnshire County Council Countryside Services Team
Start point: Market Place, Market Deeping PE6 8EA TF138099
Distance: 5.5 miles
Dogs welcome
17. Friday at Frampton Marsh #1 – BOOKING ESSENTIAL
Friday 30th September at 14:00
Walk leader: Vincent Chambers 01205 724678
Start point: Start point at RSPB Frampton Marsh will be provided at time of booking
Distance: 2.5 miles
18. A Bit of Sleaford Past
Saturday 1st October at 10:00
Walk leader: Dick Fairhead
Start point: East Banks Car Park, Boston Road, Sleaford NG34 7HH TF072456
Distance: 3.5 miles
19. Navenby, Wellingore and Temple Bruer Church
Saturday 1st October at 10:00
Walk leader: Ray Holloway
Start point: The Venue, Grantham Road, Navenby LN5 0JJ SK987572
Distance: 7.5 miles
Dogs welcome
20. Breaking Boundaries from Stamford – BOOKING ESSENTIAL
Walk leader: Rachael Smith 01476 406080
Saturday 1st October at 10:30
Start point: Start point in Stamford will be given at time of booking
Distance: 7 miles
Dogs welcome
21. Central Park, Witham Bank and Witham Way Country Park Circular
Walk leader: Frances Taylor
Saturday 1st October at 11:00
Start point: Central Park, Park Gate, Boston PE21 6RF TF328443
Distance: 2.5 miles
Dogs welcome
22. The Welsh Princess
Walk leader: Richard Collins, CurlyDog Ltd
Saturday 1st October at 13:30
Start point: Pointon Playing Field and Social Club, Fen Lane, Pointon NG34 0LZ TF119318
Distance: 4.5 miles
Dogs welcome
23. Deeping Lakes Nature Reserve
Walk leader: David Mainwaring and Norah Littler 0771 7408534
Saturday 1st October at 14:00
Start point: DeepingLakes car park. Grid reference TF182083
Distance: 2 miles
24. Freiston High Tide Walk – BOOKING ESSENTIAL
Walk leader: Chris Andrews 01205 724678
Saturday 1st October at 17:00
Start point: Start point at RSPB Freiston will be provided at time of booking
Distance: 3 miles
25. Chocolate Pilgrimage
Walk leader: Ian Marshman
Sunday 2nd October at 10:00
Start point: Meet outside the former Greyhound Inn , Market Place, Folkingham NG34 0TG TF072336
Distance: 6 miles
Dogs welcome
26. The Great Escape
Walk leader: Robert West
Sunday 2nd October at 10:30
Start point: Cut End Car Park, Cut End Road, Fishtoft PE22 0QX TF380391
Distance: 8.5 miles
27. Chicken Run!
Walk leader: Beverley Gormley
Sunday 2nd October at 11:00
Start point: Ruskington Village Hall Car Park, Parkfield Road, Ruskington NG34 9HS TF083513
Distance: 4.5 miles
Dogs welcome
28. River Banks of Boston
Walk leader: Neil Wright
Sunday 2nd October at 11:00
Start point: St Botolph’s Footbridge, PE21 8RZ TF327441
Distance: 1 mile
Dogs welcome
You can download the full programme of walks for 24th September to 30th October or donate to the festival at

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Meet Boston’s Health Walks!

boston health walks

Our pilot festival in 2015 enjoyed massive support from Boston’s extremely successful Health Walks programme through its co-ordinator, walk leaders and dedicated walkers. Once again, Boston’s walk leaders will be leading lots of #SLWF walks this autumn!

Next year Boston Health Walks will have been running for 10 years and is planning a celebration walk for their 400+ members and 50 volunteers who deliver 12 different walks every week. They have seen many improvements in the health and wellbeing of their members, be it mentally, socially or physically. This is very rewarding for everyone and all involved feel the walking programme has become a vital service within their community.

Frances Taylor Walks Co-ordinator for Boston says “The walk leaders show such commitment to their groups and are always ready to welcome new walkers. They encourage walkers to improve their walking and are ready to support those that need it. Without such amazing walk leaders the programme would definitely not be the success that it has proven to be.”

Boston Health Walks have entered 11 walks into the festival and look forward to welcoming people from the wider community to them. If you’re interested in finding out about joining Boston’s Health Walks programme, walk details and contact information are available on the website.

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A Warm Welcome to Ales and Trails UK!

SLWF 2016 will see the return of lots of familiar walk leaders from 2015, but we’re also welcoming some new faces! Here’s a guest blog from Ales and Trails UK who are leading a ‘Tides and Tulips’ walk on 29th October:

A few weeks ago, after submitting a guided walk to the South Lincolnshire Walking Festival (SLWF), they asked me if I’d like to write a blog post explaining who Ales & Trails UK are, the walk we’ll be undertaking and why we want to be involved in the SLWF. I was only too happy to oblige!

Firstly, let me introduce the A&T team; my name is Chris Fearnley, I’m 29 and I live in Stamford, Lincolnshire. The other (and arguably better half) of the team is my partner of four years, Sharon. We first started walking together about 2-3 years ago; it was a free day out and gave us the opportunity to get some exercise while still being able to spend time together. In the early days, as Sharon wanted to go on longer and longer walks, she discovered she could often coax me out of the armchair and into my walking boots by telling me there were one or more pubs along the route and I would be permitted an ale half way around! We soon realised from many of the existing walking routes and guides out there that instructions were often poorly-described, or in some instances, completely wrong! So, we started out by creating an online blog, where we would publish our walking routes. Soon after, we realised there could be potential to upscale this concept… and so Ales & Trails UK was born. We moved to a new website, added a bit of aesthetic design to our walking routes and began promoting ourselves via social media.

So what makes Ales & Trails UK unique?

  1. We actually walk all of the routes ourselves, so you know the instructions will be reliable and accurate.
  2. We include an optional GPS ‘trace’ of the walk, which you can download onto your smartphone and follow, to provide you with an extra level of reassurance that you’ll never get lost, should you wish to have it.
  3. Every one of our walks also includes at least one ‘proper’ country pub (often more than one) so you can add an extra dimension of enjoyment to your day out. We also don’t recommend any pub, local ale or Sunday lunch without first trying it ourselves.
  4. We enrich our walking routes with details and photographs of historical or culturally-significant locations along the route, as well as images to assist with navigation and details on the wildlife you may be able to observe while on the route.

A few weeks ago, Bev from the SLWF approached us and asked us if we would like to lead a walk as part of the festival. This was our first real opportunity to share what we do with an audience that shares our passion. So, on 29 October at 10am, the ‘Tides and Tulips’ (click to view the Facebook event page) walk in Surfleet will set off along historical footpaths, on riverside trails, through beautiful horticultural fields, past Lincolnshire’s ‘wonkiest’ church and over the Surfleet Sluice and Reservoir, where the fresh waters and tidal waters of the River Glen meet. We’ll finish with an optional pint of real ale and pub lunch at the riverside Ship Inn, who have been very kind and allowed us use of their parking facilities for the day.

The A&T team think the SLWF, and its sister events, like the Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival, are fantastic events to be a part of. As Sharon will tell you, planning an interesting, safe, circular, engaging walking route can be a challenging and time-consuming process. Having an event with in excess of 70 walks where all this has been done by for you removes the tedious task of planning a route, while still providing maximum enjoyment and the opportunity to meet and socialise with fellow walkers. The festival also provides the perfect platform for families, couples and individuals to explore the great British countryside with a group of sociable, like-minded people.

So, if you’d like to join us on our ‘Tides and Tulips’ walk, please do register your interest on our Facebook events page, where we will publish all information in relation to the walk. Similarly, you can take a look at our entire library of free walking routes and ‘ale trails’, and follow us on social media, using the links below.

Happy trails!

The A&T Team

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Step forward to lead a walk in the second South Lincolnshire Walking Festival

Following a very successful festival in autumn 2015 Heritage Lincolnshire, a charitable trust based in Heckington, is urging organisations and businesses to volunteer to lead walks in their second South Lincolnshire Walking Festival.

The walking festival will take place between 24th September and 30th October this year and will feature free guided walks in North & South Kesteven, Boston and South Holland. There are already a number of walks lined up so far, led by organisations such as Curlydog Ltd, local Ramblers groups, Walking for Health groups, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, the RSPB and Lincolnshire Vikings Walking Club but more are needed to help attract visitors to the south of the county.

Beverley Gormley, Heritage Lincolnshire’s Cultural Events Officer, said “The South Lincolnshire Walking Festival is creating a real buzz in this part of the county for the second year! Our first festival last year attracted over 1400 walkers who discovered that North & South Kesteven, Boston and South Holland are jam packed with heritage and history. We want to help show off those hidden gems to local people and visitors while helping to boost the local economy for a second year and are asking groups, businesses and organisations to help us put this part of Lincolnshire firmly on the walking festival map by offering to lead a walk. Last year we were particularly pleased with the number of children who took part in our walks with their families.

South Lincolnshire has a varied landscape that has witnessed Bronze Age burials, Iron Age mints, roman forts, the Knights Templar, castles and abbeys but the festival isn’t only for history lovers! Whether you want to roam with Ramblers, have an adventure with your kids, get snapping on a photography foray or go on ‘walkies’ with your dog, there’s something for everyone. The walks will take place on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays so that those who work or want to involve the family don’t miss out. 2016 marks 25 years since we were registered as a charity and we really want the festival to go with a bang.”

Heritage Lincolnshire also organises the successful Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival in partnership with the Wolds Countryside Service and is keen to promote Lincolnshire’s heritage to walkers. If you or your organisation are interested in leading a walk, please get in touch by email at or phone 01529 461499 before 15th April 2016.

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Save the date!

SLWF save the date 2016

Yes it’s true! We’re back again this autumn with more fantastic walks in North Kesteven, South Kesteven, Boston and South Holland each Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 24th September and 30th October.

Our pilot festival in 2015 was a huge success attracting over 1400 walkers (and dogs!) of all ages on over 70 walks. If you want to keep up to date with what’s happening you can sign up for updates on the home page and if you want to lead a walk please drop us a line to – we’d love to hear from you!

In the meantime don’t forget our sister festival, the Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival that starts on 21st May.

“Launching from the pretty village of Donington-on-Bain we can promise 16 days of really good walking in and around the Lincolnshire Wolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, until our festival finale at Gunby Estate, Hall and Gardens National Trust property on 5 June.We’ve got 114 great walks in the pipeline for this year’s festival, ranging from energetic day-long rambles to gentle strolls, plus lots of activities to involve all the family. Our event is 12 years old this year, but we’ve still got new and interesting walks to offer, as well as some old favourites.

Access for Everyone is a key theme in 2016 and we’re delighted that, along with a dementia-friendly walk, some of our events will be especially accessible for people using mobility aids. Local company TerrainHopper will even be offering free tasters of their fabulous all-terrain mobility vehicles.

Lincolnshire’s long-distance footpath, the Viking Way, reaches its 40th anniversary in 2016 and we’ll be celebrating with over 30 walks during the festival. If you like a real challenge then why not sign up to take part in the Lincs Wolds Way, a 75-mile circular walk around the Wolds, in six day-long linear sections. We provide the transport so you can do the walking!

There are plenty of evening events so you can fit in a walk after the day-job, and two Night Walks, back after popular demand in 2015. For families why not plan to join Louth District Scouts and experience Orienteering, or visit Snipe Dales Country Park for a family day with Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust. The festival brochure will be available to download or pick up from early March.”


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Join Jerry Green Dog Rescue for ‘walkies’ this Sunday!

jerrygreendogslogoBring your pooch for a fantastic autumnal walk in the woods with staff (and four-legged friends) from Jerry Green Dog Rescue’s South Lincolnshire centre on Sunday 25th October at 11am.

The 3 mile woodland walk will start from the Westgate Wood car park at Five House Lane, Wyberton near Boston PE21 7JA.

Westgate Wood is one of The Woodland Trust’s ‘Woods on Your Doorstep’ woodlands, created to commemorate the Millennium and was planted with ash, oak, alder, downy birch and willows. The walk will follow a meandering, wheelchair and pushchair friendly path through grassy glades with seating areas and rest spots. It’s very dog-friendly and has a charming cafe at the entrance called the Fisherman’s Rest. Donations to Jerry Green Dog Rescue would be very welcome.

Jerry Green Dog Rescue’s South Lincolnshire centre opened in 1997 and Lynne Vincent and her team are committed to caring for and rehoming dogs in the South Lincolnshire area. The Rescue Centre is located within easy reach of all the major towns of the area at the junction of the A16 and A17. If you want more details about the walk or the centre please contact walk leader Jo Hickson on 01205 260546.

Go to to find about more about rehoming a dog.

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Dare you enter the Terrifying Templar Tower for our finale?

HALLOWEEN 2015 posterIgnore the spooks, bats, spiders and Templar ghost stories to explore, discover, create and have fun while Temple Bruer Tower holds you in its spell. Maybe it will decide to keep you!

As part of the fun you can join in with our ‘Templars on the Heath’ 2.5 mile walk with archaeologist Gary Taylor and enjoy a special piece of cake to celebrate the end of the festival. The walk leaves from the tower at 2pm.

Don’t have ‘knight’mares!

Free entry, Temple Bruer Tower, Temple Lane, Welbourn, Sleaford LN5 0DG

31st October 11am-4pm