Stage 8: Blankney to Scopwick

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START: St Oswald's Church, Blankney
DISTANCE: 1 1/2 miles : 2.5 kilometres

NOTES:

Parking in Blankney is best done at the NKDC Stepping Out car park to the northeast of the village (GR076606); this is about half a mile from the B1188 and this trail. There is a footpath from Metheringham station directly to the Blankney Stepping Out site and a Stepping Out car park at Scopwick in Vicarage Lane. (GR069582).
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THE ROUTE

Cross the green at St Oswald's, Blankney, onto an estate road and turn left soon passing the former stables to the hall and then bearing right by the walled garden. When the road bends left keep ahead on a farm track. This soon bears right and then left to pass Brickyard Plantation before doing a dogleg through a hedge. Stay on the track until it bends to the right at a waymarker..

At this point leave the track, keeping ahead on grass and with a hedge to your right. From a bridle gate and stile in the field corner join a green lane (Trundle Lane) and continue ahead until you must bear right as Trundle Lane becomes Vicarage Lane. About a hundred yards ahead of you now is the entrance to the war graves cemetery. If you are not visiting this, look on your left for a footpath signpost after about 25 yards. Pass through a small estate of bungalows and at the far end enter a walled path by the churchyard to reach Main Street, Scopwick. Opposite is a green with a seat overlooking the beck. The inn is about 200 yards to your right.