Follow in the footsteps of the artist, Gunby Estate walk

Walking trail

When Christiane Löhr visited Gunby this spring, she went for long walks around the grounds to gather the natural materials for her intricate sculptures. Why not discover the Gunby Estate by foot and walk in the artist's footsteps to see which plants, flowers and seeds you discover along the way.

Artist Christiane Löhr walking in the Gunby gardens


Map of Christiane Löhr walk


Gunby Estate, Hall and Gardens


Enter the gardens through the ornamental gates at the front of the house. Go left past the house and follow the garden path towards the church. Leave the gardens and go through the gate on your left before the church.

Gunby's St Peter's Church


From St. Peter's Church, carry straight on and cross the parkland and continue to the stile, with the cottages and trees on your left.

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Deserted medieval village  at Gunby


Follow the path and climb over a second stile into a field and turn left and follow the fence line by the trees to the gate/stile. Follow the purple way markers along the green lane.


At the end of the green lane turn left. Continue along the lane and through a field, until you reach the disused East Lincolnshire railway line. Constructed in 1848, the line linked Grimsby to Boston up until 1971 when it was closed as part of the Beeching review. The old railway line is a permissive right of way and you may walk up and down it. During the summer it is rich in wildflowers due to the limestone.


Cross the old East Lincolnshire line and walk along the edge of the field and climb over the next stile. Look out for nectaring butterflies such as common blue, small tortoiseshell and the painted lady.


You have now reached the site of the medieval moat, which you will see in front of you.

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Aerial view of the remains of Bratoft Manor


Now retrace you steps back to the parkland with the medieval village. Once over the third stile, turn left and follow the fence line towards the trees. As you follow the fence line towards the right, you'll come across a pedestrian gate and you've arrived at the ice house pond.

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The ice house pond in the grounds of Gunby Hall


Follow the chalk path around the pond. Ahead of you you'll see a bark chipping path leading into the woods. Follow the path until you come to a stile on your right.


Cross the parkland, keeping the hall to your left. You will see a metal kissing gate ahead of you in the fence line; go through the gate and follow the fence line back to the church. Go through the gate into the gardens. Now you're back at Gunby.


Gunby Estate, Hall and Gardens

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Follow in the footsteps of the artist, Gunby Estate walk

How to get here

Gunby Estate, Hall and Gardens Gunby Spilsby PE23 5SS
By road

On A158 off Gunby roundabout between Spilsby and Skegness. Signposted from A158. 13 miles east of Horncastle. Parking free, 30 yards from entrance. sat-Nav: PE23 5SS - might misdirect, please note that our entrance is an exit off the roundabout and not slightly beyond or before as some Sat_Nav systems suggest.

Follow in the footsteps of the artist, Gunby Estate walk

Facilities and access

  • Free parking and toilets
  • Dogs on leads welcome in the gardens
  • Tea-room with cakes and treats (no lunches)