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Exploring Bourne on Foot or by Bike

Living in Bourne presents the best of both worlds - you get all the amenities of a small town, yet you have some spectacular countryside right on your doorstep - not only that, but Bourne is the central point at which the western edge of the flat Lincolnshire fens meets the eastern slopes of the Kesteven Uplands, so there is a varied landscape to explore depending on what direction you take. This makes Bourne the perfect place to get out and about and explore the great outdoors.

Walking and cycling provide great ways to explore the area - and you'll certainly never struggle to find places to explore, with easy access to the vast Lincolnshire countryside surrounding the town and the various woodlands that are dotted around the perimeter of the town, including the ancient Bourne woods and the Elsea/Math woods. This provides the perfect opportunity to explore all that the town and surrounding area has to offer by allowing access to areas that aren't normally accessible via car, or other means of transport. Along with exploring just how lovely the local area is, by walking or cycling, you'll also be burning off calories helping you to lose weight, along with releasing feel-good chemicals that come with exercising. It's certainly very common, particularly during the warmer months, to see many cyclists, runners and walkers around the town so you'll certainly be in good company if you do decide to leave your car at home.

In fact there are regular walking events and organised walks that are available in and around Bourne. For details of current walking events and organised groups in and around Bourne, please review the related links shown at the bottom of this page.

If you wish to explore Bourne of your own accord, be sure to visit the idyllic and pretty Memorial Gardens and equally appealing Wellhead Gardens, both perfect for relaxation, walking and jogging. The attractive Abbey Lawns are also well worth a visit, being home to many of the town's sporting and recreational events. Also, be sure to visit the ancient Bourne Woods (located off the A151 and Beech Avenue), the Elsea/Math Woods (located off the Raymond Mays Way), the imposing Red Hall (located just off South Street) and St Peter's Pool; an ancient artesian water supply (located in the Wellhead Gardens). Be sure to also explore the town centre, where you find a number of independent retailers, selling a wide range of products and services, and providing a friendly personal service. Aside from all this, there are plenty of public footpaths that are available in Bourne, some of which are listed below.

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Exploring the Villages around Bourne

There are many pretty and traditional Lincolnshire villages and hamlets to explore around Bourne, which are steeped in history and nested in beautiful English countryside. To the north, south and east of Bourne you'll find flat agricultural fenlands with their wide, open skies and beautiful sunsets, whereas to the west you can explore the beautiful Kesteven Uplands, comprising limestone hills and small picturesque villages constructed in local limestone. Amongst the many delights of the countryside, you will find a number of traditional country pubs, most of which serve food on a daily basis, including the charming Wishing Well Inn at Dyke (1.7 miles from Bourne) and the beautifully refurbished White Horse at Baston (4 miles from Bourne).

Some of the most desirable villages to explore around Bourne include the beautiful stone village of Grimsthorpe; the home of the impressive Grimsthorpe Castle, Park and Gardens, historic Folkingham; home of the Hansen's Chocolate House (accessible via the A15 North of Bourne), Little Bytham (accessible via the B1176 South West of Bourne); with its ancient woodland and great adventure playground for kids, the idyllic village of Cawthorpe and the beautiful Witham-on-the-Hill (accessible via the A6121 to the South West of Bourne). Manthorpe (accessible via the A6121) is also well worth a visit to explore The Bowthorpe Oak, which is largest girthed living British Oak (it is claimed that three dozen people once managed to stand inside its hollow trunk) at around 1,000 years old. If you are interested in playing Golf, the pretty village of Toft (accessible via the A6121) offers an attractive Golf course, along with an historic country house hotel & restaurant.

The beautiful and peaceful county of Rutland is also just a short drive to the west of Bourne. This is the smallest historic county in England and has some spectacular countryside alongside idyllic villages with picture postcard cottages, and the historic county town of Oakham (around 20 miles from Bourne).

To find out about some of the villages and places of interest to explore in the area, please see Explore Newton's Trail.

The Macmillan Way

A long distance walk known as the Macmillan Way runs through Kate's Bridge on the western edge of the Fens (just a few miles south of Bourne) before joining the long oolitic limestone belt. This fully waymarked route is 290 miles in total length and links Boston in Lincolnshire to Abbotsbury in Dorset, following existing footpaths, bridleways and byways, and small stretches of minor roads. The full route covers some beautiful English countryside and takes you through the counties of Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire, Somerset and Dorset. It is promoted to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Relief and therefore is a very popular walking route - due to its long distance though, most people choose to tackle it in stages.

Footpaths in Bourne

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  2. Location: Off Beech Avenue
  3. Path: Though to the Bourne Woods
  4. Distance: Long
  5. Ideal for: Stroll / Jogging / Dog Walking / Scenery
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  2. Location: Off West Road
  3. Path: Though to the Bourne Woods and open countryside
  4. Distance: Long
  5. Ideal for: Stroll / Jogging / Dog Walking / Scenery
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  2. Location: Off Westwood Drive
  3. Path: Though open countryside
  4. Distance: Long
  5. Ideal for: Stroll / Jogging / Dog Walking / Scenery
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  2. Location: Off Willoughby Road
  3. Path: Along river bank and though to Cherry Holt Road / Eastgate
  4. Distance: Short
  5. Ideal for: Shortcut / Scenery / Dog Walking
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  2. Location: Off Cherry Holt Road
  3. Path: Along river bank and though to Willoughby Road / Eastgate
  4. Distance: Short
  5. Ideal for: Shortcut / Scenery / Dog Walking
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  2. Location: Off Eastgate
  3. Path: Along river bank and though to Willoughby Road / Cherry Holt Road
  4. Distance: Short
  5. Ideal for: Shortcut / Scenery / Dog Walking
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  2. Location: Off Cherry Holt Road
  3. Path: Though open countryside
  4. Distance: Long
  5. Ideal for: Stroll / Jogging / Dog Walking / Scenery
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  2. Location: Off Raymond Mays Way (to the left of Elsea Park)
  3. Path: Though Elsea Meadows Nature Reserve, Elsea/Math Woods and open countryside
  4. Distance: Long
  5. Ideal for: Stroll / Jogging / Dog Walking / Scenery
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  2. Location: Off Beaufort Drive and Foxley Court
  3. Path: Though open countryside
  4. Distance: Long
  5. Ideal for: Stroll / Jogging / Dog Walking / Scenery
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  2. Location: Off Mill Drove
  3. Path: Though open countryside
  4. Distance: Long
  5. Ideal for: Stroll / Jogging / Dog Walking / Scenery
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  2. Location: Kates Bridge
  3. Path: Attractive riverside walk / The Macmillan Way footpath
  4. Distance: Long
  5. Ideal for: Stroll / Jogging / Dog Walking / Scenery
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  2. Location: The Wellhead Gardens
  3. Accessed From: South Street, St Peters Road and Manor Lane
  4. Path: Though parkland
  5. Distance: Long
  6. Ideal for: Stroll / Jogging / Dog Walking / Scenery
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  2. Location: The Abbey Lawns
  3. Accessed From: Abbey Road and Coggles Causeway
  4. Path: Though parkland
  5. Distance: Short
  6. Ideal for: Stroll / Dog Walking / Scenery
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Related Links

Explore Newton's Trail

Bourne Walking Trails

Bourne Walking Routes

Thurlby Walking Routes

The Macmillan Way

Health Walks in and around Bourne

Walking in Lincolnshire

Walking: Flat maybe, but boring? Never: Paul Gosling visits Lincolnshire in bloom

Did you know?

The remains of the old railway line that used to run from Bourne through to Stamford are still visible on the grounds of Grimsthorpe Castle, just a few miles west of Bourne.

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