Stage 3: Branston to Potterhanworth

START: All Saints, Branston. (GR022673)
DISTANCE: 2 3/4 miles : 4.5 kilometres


There is a good car park adjacent to the church in Branston plus a Stepping Out car park at the village hall on Lincoln Road. (GR018676) Potterhanworth has a village trail and leaflet.
Cross the car park behind All Saints Church Branston and enter a walled footpath at the rear. At a road (Silver Street) the path continues opposite by house number 23 and goes over a cul-de-sac to the next road (Villa Close). Turn left and on reaching the main road cross carefully and turn right to the junction with Moor Lane.

Cross Moor Lane to the signed footpath opposite that heads off diagonally over a large area of open grassland. At the far side go right by a hedge then left at its corner to reach a way mark. Now veer right through trees and then walk over a field to the left hand corner of Longhills Wood seen ahead. Walk down the side of the woods, join a track and follow that to a road. Turn right.

Continue towards a small factory seen ahead (less than half a mile) and there turn left at another footpath sign. Immediately enter a field to bear half right towards a stile where the path crosses the railway. From the stile at the other side maintain your line over the next field to a track where there is a waymarker. Continue diagonally in the third field to its far corner before bearing half left on a rough grass path parallel with a ditch on your left. After 100 yards a waymarker points half right to another on a fence corner; now aim to a hedge corner by a house and a few feet away join a road.

Cross to a kissing gate in the hedge just to the left of Battle’s Farm entrance and bear left between a house and a barn, then behind a shed and through the farmyard to a road (Cross Street). You are now in Potterhanworth village with the Chequers Inn a few paces to your left, whilst almost opposite Middle Street leads to the village green and the church.