Skellingthorpe Old Wood
Skellingthorpe Old Wood is an ancient woodland within Witham Valley Country Park. It lies close to the village of Skellingthorpe, Lincoln, and is most easily accessed on foot, by bike or on horseback. It is a varied site with a mixture of ancient oak, lime woodland and conifers. The woodland also has a high conservation value which will develop further as the conifer areas, which were planted during the 1950s and 1960s, are replaced by native species.
The site boasts a wide variety of seasonal flora including twayblade, early-purple orchid, and lily-of-the-valley. A wide variety of wildlife exists within the wood, owls can often be heard at dusk and deer have also been spotted.
Today the wood is owned and managed by the Woodland Trust, who are removing exotic pines allowing the woodland to return to its natural state. The Trust has also created a number of paths, and walkers are welcome to enjoy many areas of the wood.
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Skellingthorpe Old Wood
The wood lies close to the village of Skellingthorpe and is only 5 miles from Lincoln itself. It can be approached from this easterly direction by two public by-ways which join up with a bridle way and footpath running along the eastern edge of the wood. Alternatively via the SUSTRANS cycle track from the car park at the Skellingthorpe Community Centre. This is linked to Lincoln city cycle ways by a well marked cycle route. There are plans to provide a circular internal cycle-path within the wood during this plan period.
Access can also be made on foot from the west on two public footpaths over adjacent farmland via a stile. The route of the most northerly was reviewed by Lincolnshire County Council and was realigned to enter the wood further north and use established footpaths. Entrances into the wood are via bridle gates suitable for wheelchair access and stiles although at some points of entry access may be limited.
There is no car park at the site due to previous uncertainty over the legal access rights and this limits the use of the wood to local people and also those making a conscious effort to visit on foot, bike or horse: even though it is so close to the city of Lincoln the number of visitors is relatively low.
Efforts will be made during this plan period to re-focus the entry of the public from the “Five Ways” entrances on the eastern boundary and encourage greater use of the access from the cycle/bridle path on the southern boundary of the wood.
Access to the wood is provided by a network of footpaths, cycleway, bridlepaths and public byways from the village of Skellingthorpe, a mile-and-a-half away. Take care when navigating off the path network as it’s quite easy to get lost.
Although there are some surfaced paths, other footpaths and bridleways have a tendency to become wet and muddy in the rain, so suitable footwear should be worn.
The nearest bus station is situated on Skellingthorpe road B1378 to the east and Carr lane B1190 to the west. For bus information and timetables please access the traveline web link for further information www.traveline.org.uk or contact on 0871 200 22 33.