Monksthorpe Chapel walk

Walking trail

If you want to have a look inside the chapel, you can pick up a key (£5 suggested donation) from the team in the Gunby car park during normal Gunby opening times.

The outside of Monksthorpe Chapel on the Gunby Estate


Map route for Gunby Monksthorpe Chapel walk


Gunby Hall and Gardens


Go through the white gate (next to the toilets) from the courtyard towards the church, past the carp pond. Leave the gardens through a small gate and go through the gate on your left before the church.


Go past St. Peter's church and bear right following the fenceline of the gardens. From time to time, the field will be home to the tenant farmer's herd of Lincoln Red cattle. Do take care when walking through the field and keep your dogs on a short lead. Look to your left and you will see the remains of the deserted medieval village. Go through the wrought iron kissing gate and continue across the field to the kissing gate.

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Cross Gunby Lane and continue straight on along the edge of the fields towards Candlesby. The path bears 90 degrees to the right. Continue down field (main road ahead) turn left over footbridge. Climb over the stile and you will come out behind Candlesby church.


From Candlesby church, turn left and head down the hill towards the corral. Please close the gate carefully behind you. The path continues along the edges of the fields bearing slightly to the left. The footpath is well marked with yellow arrows, until you come out at the concrete bridleway.


When you reach the bridleway, turn right and continue straight on until you reach the road.


At the road, walk straight on and follow the road as it bears left. Turn left at the T junction. You will see a poultry farm on your right, and a farm track sign posted 'Monksthorpe' straight ahead. Follow the track until you arrive at Monksthorpe Chapel on your right.


You have reached Monksthorpe Chapel. To return, retrace your steps to the bridleway.

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At the bridleway, you may return to Gunby the way you came, or, to make the route circular, walk straight on and continue as the bridleway turns into a green lane, until you reach Gunby Lane. Along the green lane look out for tree sparrows and, in summer, turtle doves. In summer, look over the field gate into Hunger Hill Meadow for spectacular wildflowers and butterflies.


Turn right onto Gunby Lane and follow the road as it bears left towards Bratoft.


Turn left at the next T junction.


After you have passed a couple of cottages on your right, you will see the entrance to the old railway line on your left. Follow the old railway line for just under 1km, until it is crossed by the footpath. Along the railway you may see bullfinches, yellowhammers, long-tailed tits and, in summer, whitethroats.

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Turn left off the old railway line back onto the foot path and follow the green lanes, highlighted with yellow arrows, back up to Gunby Hall and Gardens. The footpath bears right and you enter the parkland over a stile, where St. Peter's church is visible.


Gunby Hall and Gardens

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Monksthorpe Chapel walk


Grass fields, country lanes and quiet back roads

Monksthorpe Chapel walk

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Monksthorpe Chapel walk

How to get here

Gunby, Spilsby, Lincolnshire PE23 5SS
By train

Skegness 7½ miles

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 - 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

Monksthorpe Chapel walk

Facilities and access

  • Toilets at Gunby Hall
  • Tea-room at Gunby Hall