3 of 5 (5 votes)

Saltfleetby Dunes

A moderate walk (coast) in Lincolnshire, England, about 14.50km (9.01 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 4:15h. It is suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 6m (19ft)
Descent 4m (13ft)
Max. Elevation 10m (32ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 10m (32ft)
Start & End
Distance 14.50km
Duration ~4:15h
Created by Anonymous Walker on 22 Jul 2013
This walk from Mablethorpe heads to the nature reserve of Saltfleetby Dunes, an area of dunes and marshes that is in a constant state of flux. It's famous for being one of the few places in the UK where you can see natterjack toads, and makes for a good stroll in this lovely part of the country. You can find out more about the wildlife from the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust's website: www.lincstrust.org.uk/reserves/nr/reserve.php?mapref=41 One small frustration with this walk is that it's not that convenient for linear walks, which is always a shame with a coastal walk. Getting back to Mablethorpe from Saltfleet requires changing in Louth or Grimsby – not very practical (and taking over 2 hours). A much better option is to just walk back to Mablethorpe, but bear this in mind when determining how long to spend exploring the dunes.

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Walk Map

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Start the walk in Mablethorpe. Head down to the seafront from the town centre.
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Walk along the seafront road, past the amusement park.
About 0.43 km (~0.27 miles) from
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The road heads briefly inland once past the holiday camps at the northern end of the town.
About 2.45 km (~1.52 miles) from
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There is a public access route along the stream by the gap works.
About 1.08 km (~0.67 miles) from
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At the village of Theddlethorpe St Helens, you reach the main area of dunes. There are plenty of options for exploring the area, particularly the birdlife. More information from Natural England, who manage the reserve: www.naturalengland.org.uk/ourwork/conservation/designations/nnr/1006128.aspx
About 1.33 km (~0.83 miles) from
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Explore away to your heart's content! Note that the maps mark this as a danger area, due to the shifting nature of the marshland, so do check for advice before visiting.
About 2.21 km (~1.37 miles) from
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You can continue heading north until Saltfleet, but bus connections back to Mablethorpe are very poor, so it is quicker to retrace your steps back along the coast.
About 1.21 km (~0.75 miles) from
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Continue back into Mablethorpe for some chips on the beach.
About 5.35 km (~3.32 miles) from

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