Barnetby le Wold, Lincolnshire
Starts at Barnetby le Wold railway station (TA054100)
3 hours 0 minutes | 7.7miles 12.4km | Leisurely
ID: 0.10248 | Developed by: Len Banister |
This circular walk offers fine views of the surrounding countryside, including the nearby Lincolnshire Wolds AONB. The route takes in part of the Viking Way and visits two local churches before reaching higher ground where you may see bounding hares.
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Starts at

Barnetby le Wold railway station (TA054100)

Ends at

Barnetby le Wold railway station (TA054100)

Getting there

Regular train services to Barnetby le Wold from Sheffield, Cleethorpes, Grimsby and Manchester. If travelling by car, you can park in Railway Street or along Kings Road, where there are public toilets at the start of the walk. 

Route instructions

[1] START Exit Barnetby le Wold station and turn R, then R again at T-junction. Follow road through village and turn R again along St Mary’s Avenue. Keep R at first junction along track. Continue straight ahead over cross-track to reach Marsh Lane.

[2] Turn L at lane, then as lane swings L, go R on track. When track swings L, keep forward. A dog leg at a field end takes you across a bridge, and a second bridge marks the next boundary. At cross-track, turn L, soon leaving it on your R, crossing over two bridges along L field edge. The path then swings L to drive at Low Farm.

[3] Go R, following road L to reach an information board at the main road. You're now in Bigby – one of four 'Thankful Villages' in Lincolnshire, so-called because not a single soldier from the village was killed in the First World War. Divert L for 150m to visit the 12th-century All Saints church, with its squat tower. Its most interesting effigy is of Sir Robert Tyrwhitt, who died in 1581. Look for the carving of a woodwose – a wildman – at his feet. Return, keeping along road. Cross main road to gate and cross-field path. Cross gated bridge to Somerby memorial on Bigby Hill. This striking monument was erected in 1770 to mark 29 years of marriage between Edward and Ann Weston of Somerby Hall. It is made of ashlar and designed in Greek style, with an urn on top of a slender Doric column. Reach lane and pass St Margaret's church, which dates from the 13th century. Follow lane uphill to main road.

[4] Cross road and follow lane signed to ‘Somerby Top Potato Store’, with extensive views R. After passing store, the lane becomes a rough track – when this swings R, keep forward on wide, grassy ride. Keep forward across field corner through gap in hedge. Immediately, turn sharp L, then go R along hedge to reach a lane. Looking north-east into the distance, you may spot the towers of oil refineries on the Humber.

[5] Keep forward at Mealand Hill, across junction. At corner, go L at fingerpost towards sail-less windmill. Cross small field via stiles to reach road.

[6] Cross road, turn L and soon go R at fingerpost on cross-field path. You can now see the village of Barnetby le Wold before you. After gate, walk with fence R, swinging L past pond at bottom. A drive takes you to the road. Cross, keeping forward. At cross-tracks, go R. Swing L on drive to road. Go L to return to the station, where you began your walk.


This route was first publshed in the winter 2017 issue of walk magazine

Developed by: Len Banister
Somersby MonumentSomersby Monument
Photo taken by: Len Banister
St Margaret's Church, SomersbySt Margaret's Church, Somersby
Photo taken by: Len Banister
Sail-less windmill at Mill Farm, a useful landmark between points 5 and 6 of the walk.Sail-less windmill at Mill Farm, a useful landmark between points 5 and 6 of the walk.
Photo taken by: Len Banister