Gunby Hall to Bratoft Manor walk

Walking trail

Cross the former East Lincolnshire Line and discover the Medieval moated manor site, the former home of the Massingberds of Gunby.

Aerial view of the remains of Bratoft Manor


Map route for Gunby Hall to Bratoft Manor walk


Gunby 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


You may return the way you came, or you can extend your walk with a visit to Bratoft church (not National Trust) which has connections to the Massingberd family. Carry straight on along the side of the moat, climb the stile and walk straight on along the lane. You will see a road ahead - carry straight on and take the first left to the church on your left hand side

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Gunby Hall and Gardens

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Gunby Hall to Bratoft Manor walk


The walk takes you through grassy fields and tracks, and includes a couple of stiles

Gunby Hall to Bratoft Manor walk

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Gunby Hall to Bratoft Manor walk

How to get here

Gunby, Spilsby, Lincolnshire PE23 5SS
By train

Skegness 7.5 miles

By road

On A158 off Gunby roundabout between Spilsby and Skegness. Signposted from A158. 13 miles east of Horncastle. Parking: Free, 500 yards from entrance. Sat-Nav: PE23 5SS - please note that our entrance is an exit off the roundabout and not slightly beyond or before as some SatNav systems suggest.

By bus

No.6 from Lincoln and Skegness. Layby at Gunby roundabout is a request stop. 530 yards walk to entrance

Gunby Hall to Bratoft Manor walk

Facilities and access

  • Carparking and toilets on site