Coningsby - Tattershall Castle - Battle of Britain Memorial Flight

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Coningsby - Tattershall Thorpe - Tattershall Castle - Battle of Britain Memorial Flight

The walk starts in the Lincolnshire village of Coningsby with its very distinctive one-handed church clock. It is the only one in the country and at 16.5ft across, the largest in the world. The hand itself is nearly nine feet long.

The walk then crosses open country to Thorpe Camp. This centre was formerly part of No 1 Communal Site, RAF Woodhall Spa and was constructed in 1940. It is now preserved by volunteers and is open to the public. A visit is highly recommended, but opening hours are limited. See for details.

From Thorpe Camp, the walk takes us directly into the Woodland Trust broadleaved woodland of Tattershall Thorpe Carr Wood for a lovely woodland walk. Look out for the many bomb blast shelters here and in its sister wood, Tattershall Carr Wood, revealing its RAF history.

After visiting the Tattershall Carrs, it's back towards Coningsby to pick up the River Bain (Horncastle Canal) for a lovely riverside stretch towards the National Trust property of Tattershall Castle, which makes for a distinctive landscape feature and (along with the adjacent Collegiate Church of the Holy Trinity) is also well worth a visit. See for more details.

From Tattershall Castle, you have the option to make a short diversion along the river to watch the waterskiing at Tattershall Water Sports Centre, before a walk across the wetlands to Coningsby and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Visitor Centre, with its WWII aircraft. The RAF Coningsby viewing area is just half a kilometre further down the road from the visitor centre.

England - East England - Lincolnshire - Fens


Ancient Monument, Birds, Cafe, Castle, Church, Good for Kids, Lake/Loch, Mostly Flat, Museum, National Trust, Nature Trail, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, River, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
3/27/2019 - Jim Leigh

Good walk completed March 2019 Access Info: Free car park in Coningsby is only free for 2 hours, over 2 hours an all day charge of £2.00 now applies. Waymark 11 We followed a clear path through the woods but arrived at waymark 11 from the opposite direction, therefore had to turn LEFT (rather than right) into open country.

8/21/2014 - Paul and Tracy Dawson

Nice, flat, interesting walk. Beautiful through the woods on a sunny day. Not the most peaceful ;-) with Typhoons? and WW2 aircraft taking off from Coningsby. No problems with the guide details.

7/18/2007 - Sam Roebuck

The walk is 'dumbbell' shaped, ie two circular sections linked by a path that you walk there and back along.

7/9/2007 - RICHARD SWIFT


4/30/2007 - Jenny Callaghan

Excellent walk with good clear directions. A little road walking but well compensated for by the lovely walk in the woods. Especially good for our friend who was so interested in the wartime aircraft.

5/10/2004 - Fred Waddingham

V. pleasant walk 6 May 2004. Thank you Sam Roebuck. Nice pub in Tattershall Thorpe!! Fred n Linda Waddingham