Category Archives: River and Canal Walks

Stanwick Lakes to Islip

A winter walk from Stanwick Lakes

My plan today is to follow the cycle track from Stanwick Lakes to Islip. And then to continue my walk along the Nene Way, until I reach the village of Wadenhoe.

I start walking from the car park at the Visitors’ Centre.  It is a crisp and sunny winter morning, a lovely time to be walking beside the lakes.

Stanwick Lakes, Ruth Livingstone on a winter walk
Stanwick Lakes nature reserve

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Poacher Line Railway Walk: Grantham Canal

I was looking for a winter walk I could do this weekend, one that wasn’t too muddy and didn’t involve a long car journey, and I discovered a series of walks based around a local railway line.

The Poacher Line is the name given to the section of mainland railway that runs between Nottingham and Skegness.  Lincolnshire County Council has designed a  set of seven walks linking the railway stations along the route – called The Poacher Line Railway Walks.

You don’t have to be a railway enthusiast, as the walks don’t necessarily follow the railway line. The theory is that you can undertake a linear walk from one station to another, and then catch a train back to your start point. And, as everyone knows, linear walks are much more satisfying than circular walks, because they give you the feeling of being a proper traveller, as opposed to simply going for an aimless amble. Continue reading Poacher Line Railway Walk: Grantham Canal