The Viking Way goes from Barton-on-Humber in the shadow of the Humber Bridge to Oakham, the County Town of Rutland. From the north, the walk passes through the beautiful Lincolnshire Wolds. Much of this area was once under the control of the Vikings, with many place names still having Scandinavian origins. The spectacular cathedral in Lincoln is a particular highlight.
The Viking Way terrain is relatively easy, with the highest point on the path only 551 ft high near Normanby Top in Lincolnshire. For much of its length, the path is more-or-less flat. The path is well signposted with the yellow Viking Way helmet signs. The northern section across the Lincolnshire Wolds is the highest section on the path and does much to dispel the myth that Lincolnshire is completely flat. Read about the Roman arch at Newport Gate, Lincoln and in our blog.
- Day 1 Barton-upon-Humber to Barnetby le Wold – 14 miles
- Day 2 Barnetby le Wold to Caistor – 9 miles
- Day 3 Caistor to Tealby – 9 miles
- Day 4 Tealby to Donington-on-Bain – 10.5 miles
- Day 5 Donington-on-Bain to Horncastle – 13.5 miles
- Day 6 Horncastle to Bardney – 15 miles
- Day 7 Bardney to Lincoln – 12.5 miles
- Day 8 Lincoln to Wellingore – 14 miles
- Day 9 Wellingore to Marston – 15.5 miles
- Day 10 Marston to Woolsthorpe – 9.75 miles
- Day 11 Woolsthorpe to Sewstern – 10 miles
- Day 12 Sewstern to Oakham – 14.25 miles
The most popular direction to do this walk is from North to South, but if you would prefer to go from South to North, this can be easily arranged. Both ends of the walk are near train stations in Barton-upon-Humber and Oakham.
The price for a holiday walking the Viking Way is £990 per person (based upon 2 people sharing). This includes:
- Personalised itinerary for walking the Viking Way on a self-guided basis over 12 days
- 13 nights’ bed & breakfast accommodation on a double or twin room basis (this includes B&B for the night before you start and the day you finish)
- Taxis for drop-off/pick-up where the B&B is not within easy walking distance of the path
- Advice on travel arrangements to and from the start and finish points
- Ordnance Survey Explorer maps which can be downloaded onto the OS App
- Standalone Safe Seat Plan Guarantee for each traveller issued by the Travel Trust Association
- Kit checklist – covering boots & socks, clothes & waterproofs, and other useful kit
- Helpline – you can call us at any time
Solo traveller price is £1290. This is because most B&Bs do not have single rooms and so will charge almost as much for one person as for two.
- Time of Year: this walk can be done at any time of year, although if you choose to go between November and March then you will have to contend with winter weather conditions and shorter daylight hours. Therefore, we would suggest that the best time to go is between April and October.
- Terrain: The terrain is easy. For much of its length, the path is relatively level with a few short climbs and descents in the northern section. The walking surfaces are generally good, but can be muddy in places depending upon the time of year.
- Way marking: The route is well signposted with the yellow Viking Way helmet signs.
- Bed & Breakfast: We always aim to book good quality B&B accommodation as near as possible to the path. Despite the fact that the Viking Way is a popular long-distance walk, there are not a huge number of B&Bs actually on the path itself or within easy walking distance. This means that sometimes the only option is to book B&Bs that are away from the path and arrange pick-up/drop-offs by taxi.
- Refreshments: Compared with some other routes, this walk is actually quite good for places en route where you can get a cup of coffee (and maybe even a bacon butty or cake!) while not having to deviate from the path. Whether these will be open depends upon the time of year, day of week and time you happen to be passing.