Stepping Out Walks
Spanning some 130 miles the Stepping Out network of footpaths across North Kesteven is one that goes back many years and one that has since evolved alongside Spires and Steeples and Ridges and Furrows. With some 28 separate walks on the Stepping Out Network alone many of the routes can be combined, extended or walked in part. This requires good access, clearly signed waymarking and promotion of the walks encouraging people to use them. This is made possible through a maintenance program that includes footpath mowing, auditing and carrying out reactive work as required. Where contracted mowing is generally carried out between April and October on a monthly basis, whilst an annual audit of each walk route is carried out November to March recording the location and condition of walk furniture such as way marker posts, discs, finger blades, bridges and stiles and any remedial work required. Mowing of the footpaths is carried out using a small Alpine tractor and flail and where access is limited self-propelled pedestrian mowers. Stepping Out Car Parks are made presentable through regular litter picking, grass and hedge cutting, tree pruning, signage and fence repairs. Promotion of the walks is achieved through monthly Hill Holt Wood Ranger led walks and the organisation of and working with other partners in staging the annual North Kesteven Walking Festival.
All of our walks can be found on the AllTrails app and the Go Explore Lincolnshire app, both available from mainstream app stores compatible with most smartphones and tablets. Click the logos below for direct links to the apps.
Alternatively, please click the links below to view the PDF specific to each walk:
Spires and Steeples Part 1 Lincoln to Branston
Spires and Steeples Part 2 Branston to Metheringham
Spires and Steeples Part 3 Metheringham to Ruskington
Spires and Steeples Part 4 Ruskington to Sleaford