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Bridleway Walking in Lincolnshire Wolds

Donington on Bain 4-mile Walk

4-mile walk Donington on Bain and Biscathorpe

This 4-mile circular walk in the Lincolnshire Wolds starts and finishes in the village of Donington on Bain.

The walk can be found on Ordnance Survey Explorer Map 282 Lincolnshire Wolds North – Louth and Market Rasen.

Church Donington on Bain

The church Donington on Bain

Start the walk from outside the church, with the church on your left head through the village. You will pass the Black Horse pub on your left and a small village shop. Keep walking until you reach Simon’s Close, which is also on your left. Just after the close, go through the kissing gate to a grassy track that leads uphill, with a hedge on your right and horse paddocks on your left. When we walked this in February the track was wet and muddy in places.

Continue walking along this track and there will be a conifer wood on your left. Then you will walk through a deciduous wood.

Footpath through a wood near Donington on Bain

Keep following this track until you reach the bridleway and can see the old radar and tower at Stenigot to your right. Then turn left onto the bridleway. The bridleway takes you across farmland.

Bridleway across farmland

There are views across the Bain valley to be seen to the left and the Belmont tower.

View of Belmont tower across the Bain Valley

Cross a road and continue on the bridleway.

Bridleway Lincolnshire Wolds

Follow the bridleway until it joins a farm track and bears to the left, continue on until you join a road and go left downhill into parkland.

Stream Biscathorpe

Biscathorpe

Cross 2 fords and then join the Viking Way and go left behind the Church Cottage and Church opposite the site of the Medieval Village of Biscathorpe.

St Helen's Church Biscathorpe

Go through the gate at the back of the church and go left on to the Viking Way then go across the bridge and follow the Viking Way with the River Bain on your right.

Viking Way Sign

Cross the stile and turn right onto the road and then left onto Mill Road into Donington on Bain.

We stopped at Post and Pantry for a cup of tea and a sandwich.

Post and Pantry Donington on Bain

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Grey seal pup at Donna Nook

Visit the Grey Seals at Donna Nook

 Grey Seals at Donna Nook National Nature Reserve

Donna Nook National Nature Reserve near Louth in Lincolnshire is an amazing place to visit to see Grey Seals and their pups.  The grey seals come on to the beach during November and December to give birth to pups and to mate.  Because so many people go to see the seals, the adults and their pups are used to humans so come very close to the viewing area and some pups even lie against the fence.

Grey seals at Donna Nook

No dogs are allowed on the Nature Reserve.  Also, keep an eye on children and make sure they don’t try to stroke the seals as they have sharp teeth and give a nasty bite.

Last year we went to see the grey seals at the beginning of December, if you go at the weekend I would advise aiming to get there by 10 am. We were able to have a good view as we walked from one car park towards the other but on the return walk back it was getting much busier.

There are lots of information boards telling you about the grey seals and boards with multiple choice questions that you guess and then lift the flap to find the answer.

Young Grey seal pup at Donna Nook

Spaced out along the viewing area there are volunteer wardens, who are very knowledgeable and helpful if you want to ask questions about the seals. There is also a little gift shop where you can buy grey seal keyrings and pictures.

This year (2017) the first grey seal pup was born on 13th October.  When the grey seal pups are born they have a white fluffy coat to keep them warm. The pups feed on their mother’s milk for 18-21 days, gaining about 2kg of weight per day.  The grey seal pups start to lose their fluffy white coat around 3 to 4 weeks when they are weaned.

Grey Seal Pup 2016

For weekly updates of the number of adult seals and pups follow the Donna Nook Warden Facebook page.

Facilities

There are 2 car parks.  1 which is concrete and run by the local authority but will be full unless you get there early. The second one is a grass field and you pay at the gate, there are also portaloos at this car park.  There is also a catering van serving hot drinks, burgers, bacon baps and cakes at the local authority car park.  Be careful and considerate to other drivers, after you turn off the main road, as the roads are narrow and only suitable for one car at a time in places.

To find out more about grey seals and visiting Donna Nook take a look at the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust’s website the postcode to use to get to Donna Nook National Nature Reserve is LN11 7PD although this doesn’t take you directly to the Nature Reserve, so follow the signs.

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