Viking Way

The Viking Way is a long distance footpath which starts on the banks of the Humber in the north and winds its way through Lincolnshire to finish on the shores of Rutland Water, a total of 235km (147 miles).


While the road bridge at Thornton Lodge is being repaired please follow the Spa Trail from the swimming pool to the Lodge. The bridge is due to open again on 19 December 2015. The diversion is shown on the map in the download section

The route passes through the Wolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the market town of Horncastle, the Lincolnshire Limewoods, the City of Lincoln, the southern Lincolnshire Edge and the Kesteven Uplands before entering Leicestershire and Rutland.

Established in 1976, the name of the route was suggested by the Ramblers Association to reflect the influence of the Danelaw in the eastern counties of Britain.

The route is way-marked throughout its length with a Viking helmet.

The Viking Way guidebook provides detailed directions, maps and information on local points of interest.  It can be downloaded from the ‘Downloads’ tab above where it has been divided into easy to use sections:-

  • Overview map of route
  • General information
  • How to use the guidebook
  • Introduction
  • Section 1 - Barton on Humber to Barnetby le Wold
  • Section 2 - Barnetby le Wold to Caistor
  • Section 3 - Caistor to Tealby
  • Section 4 - Tealby to Donington on Bain
  • Section 5 - Donington on Bain to Horncastle
  • Section 6 - Horncastle to Bardney
  • Section 7 - Bardney to the edge of Lincoln
  • Section 8 - Through Lincoln
  • Section 9 - Lincoln to Wellingore
  • Section 10 - Wellingore to Marston
  • Section 11 - Marston to Woolsthorpe
  • Section 12 - Woolsthorpe to Sewstern
  • Section 13 - Sewstern to Oakham

All maps are reproduced from the 1996 OS Mapping with the permission of the Controller of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office (C) Crown Copyright.  Unauthorised reproduction infringes Crown Copyright and may lead to civil proceedings.  OS LICENCE 100025370


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Last updated: 15 October 2015

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