Walks along and around the River Slea
The banks of the River Slea and the surrounding area are ideal for walking.
Below we have a variety of walks of different lengths that you can download and print. These walks are a series of scenic, predominantly level, walks centred on the Navigation. These encompass chalky uplands to the West of Sleaford and Fenland to the East.
Clicking on the walks will allow you to download information and a sketch map in PDF format to print out. The details can be used in conjunction with an Ordnance Survey Map if you so wish. This series of walks were originally developed by Hugh Marrows for Lincolnshire Waterways Partnership and the Trust are grateful to be able to reproduce them.
Walk 1 18¼ miles (13 km)
From Sleaford to North and South Rauceby to find the source of the River Slea. This is a walk on urban and country footpaths, farm tracks, green lanes, meadows and one arable field. Short muddy sections.
Walk 2 6¾ miles (11 km)
This is a walk by the Sleaford Navigation from Sleaford to Ewerby Waithe. Initially along a surfaced towpath in Sleaford but otherwise grass with some muddy sections.
Walk 3 6¼ miles (10 km)
A walk by the Sleaford Navigation from Ewerby Waithe to Chapel Hill. This walk carries on from Walk 2 with towpath throughout but some rough, tussocky grass in places.
Walk 5 4½ mile (7 km)
This is a circular walk from Haverholme Lock through Ruskington. The walk will take you along the towpath, through meadows, with a short section on arable land and country lanes.
Walk 6 11½ mile (18.5 km)
This is a circular walk through Ruskington, starting and finishing in Sleaford. The walk takes you along town pavements, track and footpaths, some of which are muddy and the Navigation towpath.
Walk 7 7¾ mile (12.5 km)
This is a circular walk from Ferry Farm Bridge through Ewerby and Haverholme. This is a walk along grass paths by the navigation, field headlands, roads and some arable fields.
Walk 8 1¾ mile (3 km)
This is a short circular walk, around the village of South Kyme with an optional extension to Ferry Farm Bridge, along a selection of easy, level canal side paths, meadow and country lanes.
Walk 9 5½ miles (9 km)
A circular walk starting at Chapel Hill Bridge along country roads, farm tracks and grass towpath which can be rough in places. This is an easy walk underfoot.
Walk 10 2¼ miles (3.5 km)
This is a short circular walk starting at Chapel Hill along easy riverbank paths, tracks and quiet roads. This walk can be pleasantly extended along the River Witham.