Newstead Abbey from Linby

This circular walk in Nottinghamshire starts from the attractive village of Linby, a conservation village, and uses part of the dismantled Great Northern Railway line to get to Newstead Abbey, the ruins of an Augustinian Priory built by Henry II in 1170. The return to Linby is through Abbey Woods and Papplewick village.

Technical sheet
No. 292987
A Linby walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 18/02/18
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h40[?]
Distance Distance : 5.46mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 135ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 135ft
Highest point Highest point : 404ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 282ft
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : No
Walking Walking
Location Location : Linby
Starting point Starting point : N 53.053258° / W 1.204259°
Arrival Arrival : N 53.054939° / W 1.2002°
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(D)From the Top Cross in Linby village (grid ref. SK534509) walk up the hill to the traffic island. Turn right onto the path signed Linby Trail and National Cycle Network. This is along a railway cutting which follows the route of the Great Northern Railway. Here you will walk alongside a pond and see plenty of wild flowers and plants associated with railway lines. At one point on the left some of the present day railway line called the Robin Hood line which runs into Nottingham can be viewed. To the right there are large conservation areas. This straight path continues for some considerable time until some large boulders are seen ahead partially blocking the path. Here the path turns sharply to the right still signposted the National Cycle Network alongside a woodland walk which may be visited if time allows.

(1)The path then joins a tarmac road at one of the lodges to Newstead Abbey estate. Passing through this gate (there is no charge for walkers) follow the road until Newstead Abbey ruins come into view. The road is mostly flat apart from a couple of short climbs through glades. There are views over the country side and horses grazing in the fields on either side. As the road descends towards Newstead Abbey the upper lake and stable block can be seen to the left followed by a waterfall and then the magnificent aspect of Newstead Abbey comes into view with the garden lake to the right. Although originally an Augustinian Priory built in 1170 it is best known as the ancestral home of Lord Byron. There is a charge to visit the museum which houses Byron memorabilia and gardens. On the grassy areas in front of the Abbey there is usually an abundance of ducks and peacocks grazing.

(2)Follow the road round to the left between the ruins and the upper lake. Ahead is the stable block and bell tower. After passing a car park on the left and the cricket pitch to the right there is a crossroads. Turn right here and follow the tarmac road winding through the woods until a pair of wrought iron gates appears ahead. This it the entrance to another lodge, a footpath for walkers is marked to the right of the gates and follows alongside a hedge. At the other end there is a metal kissing gate to pass through before following a wide grassy path ahead with hedges on either side. At the end proceed through a metal gate and onto an unmade road which bears to the left and has large properties on either side. Follow this road called Hall Lane until a tree can be seen ahead in the middle of a small grassy area with a seat where the path meets the main road B683. Papplewick Hall can be seen immediately to the right at this junction.

(3)Turn right along the road, with a footpath, following it into Papplewick village. It bears sharply right past a row of cottages and then right where there is a wide gap after Papplewick lodge showing a sign to The Church of St James Papplewick and a public footpath signposted to Linby. Pass through the wooden gate and follow this tarmac road in the direction of the church, which unfortunately is kept locked when not in use. Before reaching the church there is a well trodden signed path on the left through the fields to Linby. At the end of the field pass through a metal gate and over a wide footbridge over the river Leen and then continue alongside a hedge bordering an arable field until it emerges onto the main road B6011 into Linby.

(4)Turn right and follow this road into the village passing the Bottom Cross on the right and the old village school. On the left hand side, next to the bus shelter is an interesting Parish Map of Linby explaining the history of the village. Continue up the hill to the Top Cross to the start of the walk. There are no specific car parks in the village but besides the bus stops on either side of the road there are lay-bys to park in with no restrictions and no yellow lines.(A)

Waypoints :
D : mi 0 - alt. 308ft - Top Cross in Linby village
1 : mi 1.38 - alt. 400ft - Turn sharp right along woodland path
2 : mi 2.6 - alt. 358ft - Continue past Newstead Abbey
3 : mi 4.37 - alt. 331ft - Turn right along road
4 : mi 5.3 - alt. 282ft - Turn right along road
A : mi 5.45 - alt. 305ft - Top Cross in Linby village

Useful Information

Parking at Linby is relatively limited, but there is some parking in Church Street across the road from the monument.

Half way around the walk at the Abbey Ruins, there is a very nice café, access via the courtyard, worth a stop. There's a public loo too.

If you have a dog, there is quite a bit of road walking in the grounds of Newstead Abbey. The dog would need to be on a lead.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

Opinions and comments


Global average : 4.87/5
Number of opinions : 5
Description quality : 4.8/5
Routemap quality : 5/5
Walk interest : 4.8/5

on Sat 14 Sep 2019 21:27:33 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 14/09/19
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Talk half an hour extra to stroll through the Abbey Gardens.

on Fri 19 Apr 2019 19:07:45 CEST

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 19/04/19
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Good

Overall I enjoyed the walk, Newstead Abbey is STUNNING and the countryside is lovely, but do have some points to note.

Firstly, why is the start and end not at the same place? I get that one is the top cross and one is the bottom cross, but realistically it is always going to be a circular, so to me it should be calculated and marked as such.

I took a couple of minor shortcuts, ie across the dam at the lake instead of round it and across the cricket pitch, but my GPS still calculated it as 6 miles, not 5.5...the distance between the crosses in Linby doesn’t make up the extra half mile.

The description was a little difficult to follow at times, not because it was wrong or inaccurate, but because the paragraphs were so long. The Flesch score of any document can be improved by breaking things down into shorter passages and by having more ‘white space’.

The description does say that there is a fair bit of road walking, but I wasn’t prepared for quite so much...I’d guess more than half is on tarmac. Not a major problem, but not all walking footwear is suitable for so much road walking, walking poles need ferrals etc and importantly, as we head in to summer (today was 22 Celsius), the heat of the tarmac should be considered when walking a dog on the tarmac can burn a dog’s feet in seconds.

Today is Good Friday and the weather is lovely, so it was VERY busy. Lots of cyclists on the Sustrans cycle route, lots of other walkers (some seemingly doing the same route) and around the Abbey and lake, lots of kids. Again, not a problem but something to consider if you want a quiet route...I’m certainly glad I only had 1 of my dogs, not all 3.

on Thu 30 Aug 2018 08:26:32 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 30/08/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Loved this walk! Perfect for our 2 dogs as we could have them off the lead for parts of it too, and a bonus that it doesn't have any fields with livestock as our dogs tend to get a bit nervous.

Very picturesque and we stopped at the Horse and Groom after for our lunch which was lovely

on Mon 20 Aug 2018 22:39:38 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 20/08/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Excellent instructions. Interesting and enjoyable
walk. Cafe at Newstead Abbety at half way point Lovely pub in Linby for lunch. Highly recommended.

Moderator hiker
on Sun 18 Feb 2018 10:44:00 CET

Hi Janet, Many thanks for your feedback on this walk. I will add the changes you suggested to the walk sheet - it will be helpful to other hikers!

on Sun 11 Feb 2018 18:11:06 CET

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 11/02/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Enjoyed the walk in snowy conditions. It's a good walk for the winter because it isn't very muddy.

Key points to add to the walk include:

1. Parking at Linby, not a massive amount of choice but Church Street across the road from the monument was OK.
2. Half way around the walk at the Abbey Ruins, there is a very nice café, access via the courtyard, worth a stop. There's a public loo too.
3. If you have a dog, there is quite a bit of road walking in the grounds of Newstead Abbey, The dog would need to be on a lead.

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