Paths, Ponds and a Priory

A wonderful walk through grassy valleys and over open hilltops. The walk crosses the site of the old Orford Priory, now a series of lumps in the ground, once an important settlement.

Technical sheet
No. 2321452
A Binbrook walk posted on 26/07/19 by Lincolnshire Wolds. Update : 20/11/19
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h50[?]
Distance Distance : 5.73mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 249ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 249ft
Highest point Highest point : 377ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 220ft
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Binbrook
Starting point Starting point : N 53.428519° / W 0.180275°
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(D/A) Start at the Market Place and walk towards the T junction at the northern end. Turn left (signposted for Market Rasen) and walk past the Queen’s Hall. Follow the road left past the RAAF 460 Squadron Memorial.

(1) Cross the road, then immediately after the second bungalow on the right follow the public footpath passing in front of a house, cross the stile and walk across a small field to a further stile.

(2) Cross the stile and continue across the next field heading for a gap in the hedge. Continue across the next field aiming for a prominent electricity pylon where three sets of power lines join.

(3) Cross the next field to the stile at the far side and traverse the marshy ground in the next field using the wooden walkway. Cross the stream via the wooden bridge and climb over the stile at the far end of the field.

(4) Cross a further stile and bridge and follow the dog-leg route of the footpath past the old Priory earthworks to a stile alongside a gate in the corner of the field. Take time to read the information panel about farming and wildlife.

The really sharp eyed may be lucky to spot a weasel running for cover. They are smaller than stoats and do not have a black tip to their tail. Often they are seen crossing a road at top speed.

(5) At the far side of the next field, cross the wooden footbridge over the stream. Follow the footpath alongside the stream and then bear right continuing to another stile at the far side of the field.

(6) Continue across three more fields to the village of Stainton le Vale. Go over the stile to meet the road.

(7) Turn left along the road and where it bears right, go straight ahead through a small gap in the hedge and follow the public bridleway to the left past two cottages.

(8) Continue along the bridleway uphill, through a small wood and turn left at the top of the hill. Follow the bridleway keeping the hedgerow on your left and cross the stream using the wooden footbridge.

(9) Cross the next field and follow the track through the farmyard and past the Manor House.

Once you have gone through the farmyard, look to your left to see the cultivation terraces.

(10) At the road, turn left. Follow the path uphill on the field edge. This path has been created by kind permission of the landowner so walkers do not have to walk along the road here. At the top, carefully cross the road then turn right up a steep bank to follow the public footpath. Continue straight ahead, past cottages on your left. Cross a bridleway and follow the footpath to Binbrook. Turn left along the High Street back to the Market Place.(D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 249ft - Market Place
1 : mi 0.24 - alt. 279ft - Public footpath
2 : mi 0.49 - alt. 253ft
3 : mi 0.7 - alt. 259ft - Marshy ground
4 : mi 1.16 - alt. 233ft - Old Priory earthworks
5 : mi 1.71 - alt. 230ft
6 : mi 2.42 - alt. 269ft - Stainton le Vale
7 : mi 2.6 - alt. 312ft
8 : mi 2.89 - alt. 305ft
9 : mi 3.88 - alt. 249ft - The Manor House
10 : mi 4.21 - alt. 308ft
D/A : mi 5.73 - alt. 249ft

Useful Information

Maps: OS Explorer Map 282

Parking: Considerate parking in the village.

Terrain: A mixture of footpaths, tracks and roadside walking, with some steep slopes - may be muddy in places.

Stiles: A few, some are stock proof and may be difficult for dogs.

Refreshments & Toilets: Pub and shop in the village, (ask for toilet key in the village shop).

The Lincolnshire Wolds is a nationally important and cherished landscape. Most of it was designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1973. Covering an area of 558 square kilometres or 216 square miles, the AONB contains the highest ground in eastern England between Yorkshire and Kent, rising to over 150m along its western edge. Rolling chalk hills and areas of sandstone and clay underlie this attractive landscape.

The Lincolnshire Wolds has been inhabited since prehistoric times and the appearance of the countryside today has been greatly influenced by past and present agricultural practices.

A Countryside Service helps to protect and enhance the landscape through partnership projects with local landowners, farmers, parish councils, businesses and residents of the Wolds.

Office Address :
Lincolnshire Wolds Countryside Service
Navigation Warehouse
Riverhead Road
Lincs LN11 0DA

Phone: 01522 555780 Twitter: @LincsWoldsAONB


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

During the walk or to do/see around

Orford Priory - As you cross the lumps and bumps, think what used to be here - the medieval nunnery of St Mary, founded in the 12th century and dissolved in 1539. Adjacent to the priory is the remains of the deserted settlement of Orford. There were a series of fish ponds, providing important food for the nuns who couldn't eat meat on Fridays. The nunnery would have been self sufficient for all its food.

Kirmond le Mire has an interesting history of its name. Kirmond means goat hill, while le Mire means marshy ground. In the 1970s remains of a Roman villa were found in this area, including a mosaic that included an image of a blackbird. Unfortunately today there is no evidence on the ground of the villa.

Blackbirds are today one of our most familiar birds, but have strong connections with the folklore of our country, as sung in the nursery rhyme Sing a Song of Sixpence, 'four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie. When the pie was opened the birds began to sing, Oh wasn't that a dainty dish to set before the king?'. In medieval times blackbirds and other songbirds were actually eaten as a delicacy! However, a court jester may well have suggested to the court cook to bake a pie pastry crust and place this over some live blackbirds to surprise and amuse the King!

Opinions and comments


Global average : 4.67/5
Number of opinions : 1
Description quality : 5/5
Routemap quality : 4/5
Walk interest : 5/5

on Mon 06 Jul 2020 09:21:13 CEST

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 05/07/20
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good

We tried this walk on a bright, windy day. The route is well chosen and passes through a variety of different landscapes and areas of interest which are well highlighted in the description. The waypoints are easy to find and there is no confusion about finding the right way to go.

Lots of the stiles have now been upgraded to kissing gates, in fact I don't think there was a single stile left to climb on the walk.

When we tried it, there was a brief diversion towards the end of the walk to avoid a garden due to COVID-19 but this didn't affect the walk.

We've tried a number of the Wolds Service walks now and have really enjoyed finding out more about the landscape and history on our doorstep, they are all really good and recommended.

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