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You are in: Lincolnshire> Nature > Walks > Roman Canal Walk > Stage 1
Brayford Pool front with water  clock on the right and information board on the left.
Lincoln's Brayford Wharf
A Short Roman Canal Walk
The City of Lincoln is steeped in history from the old iron age settlements, to the Romans, the Normans and through the industrial age. It also has a rich heritage of nature as it's situated in the middle of a large countryside with fields stretching away for miles.
Walk details:
Start point: Brayford Pool, Lincoln. Next to the Lincoln City Council Tourist Information board next to Lucy Tower car park.
Lincoln Tourist Information: 01522 541447
Ordnance Survey: Map ref: SK 970 713
Distance: approx. 2km (1.2 miles)
Time: approx. 1 hour
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You will see a variety of wildlife. Ducks and swans swim the canal, feeding on the tiny duckweeds which float on the surface of the water. The reed fringe growing in the shallower water at the canal's edge provides food and shelter for damselflies and dragonflies during summer.
Wildflowers and butterflies can also be found on the canal banks.

You may have walked this stretch before but never known that the Fossedyke was created by the Romans to link the River Witham with the River Trent. It is one of the oldest canals in Britain - if not THE oldest. The views of Lincoln on the hill are stunning with the Cathedral dominating the skyline.

The walk will take you to The Pyewipe Inn, so there is also a chance of a pint before you return either on foot or by boat.

Getting there:
By bus:
From Lincoln City Bus Station it is a five minute walk to Brayford Pool. Leave the bus station and turn left. Walk along Sincil Street and turn to your right past the market and into the Cornhill area. This will take you to Lincoln's High Street. Turn right and walk to The Stonebow. Turn left onto Guildhall Street. Cross over Wigford Way at the traffic lights. Turn left and walk past the cinema. This takes you to the Brayford Pool. Walk past the pubs and restaurants to the Lincoln City Council Tourist Information board.
By car: Drive to start point, (see map). There is a pay and display car park on Lucy Tower street.
Walk conditions
Paths are tarmac and on the flat so the walk is very pushchair and wheelchair friendly. Starting in the middle of Lincoln, next to the Brayford Pool, walk along the waterfront with the canal on the left and follow it past houses, a golf course and finally out of the city. Cross a small bridge - the Fosse Dyke canal is still to your left with fields to your right. The path ends at the Pyewipe Inn. Return by foot or by canal cruise.
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