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Winter River Walks

Wrap up warm and get out and about this festive season.  Not only will you burn off a few calories but it has now been proven that time spent in green spaces makes you happier.  

Our top five winter river walks: 

North Hykeham  

This walk takes in not only the River Witham but also has great views of the Lincoln skyline and Lincolnshire countryside. Look out for the Bracebridge fishing ponds, left from when Bracebridge Hall stood in extensive grounds. 

4 ½ miles allow 2 hours 

Parking Free, use postcode LN6 8EZ 

Full walk details can be found here


The River Slea (anglo-saxon 'muddy one') is 18 miles long, and this linear walk takes in a small section of it alongside Sleaford town and out to Haverholme lock. This walk is also part of the 'Spires and Steeples Arts and Heritage Trail' which includes art and churches to inspire you on your way. The LRT with our great volunteers restored a 1.5km section of the Slea to encourage more wildlife. 

3 ¾ miles allow 1 ½ - 2 hours 

Parking in Sleaford town (see full walk deails) 

Full walk details can be found here


Just one mile from the city centre the Witham Way Country Park has something for everyone. This is a short walk, but you may want to allow more time if you want to use the fitness equipment dotted around the park. A cycle path runs along the Witham so you can extend your walk into Boston centre. 

¾ miles allow ½ hour 

Parking next to Boston Town Football Club PE21 9LR 

Full walk details can be found here


Walk or cycle (if you want to cover the entire 33 miles) on the Water Rail Way that follows the River Witham from Lincoln to Boston via Bardney. This path features open fenland landscape and expansive skyies with artwork along the way inspired by Lincolnshire life and the words of Alfred Lord Tennyson. 

9 miles linear route to Bardney allow a full day  

Parking at St Rumbold St in Lincoln, short walk away from the start LN2 5AP 

Full walk details can be found here 

Hougham & Marston (near Grantham) 

The villages of Hougham & Marston are situated 6 miles north of Grantham and easily accessed from the A1 this route follows the River Witham and part of the Viking Way (a 147 mile route depicted with a Viking helmet). The LRT are active in the area undertaking yearly removal of non-native invasive species to improve the habitat for native wildlife. 

5 miles allow 2 – 2 ½ hours, be aware route may be muddy in places 

Parking at Hougham & Marston Village Hall NG32 2HL 

Full walk details can be found here


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