Monday, 11 August 2014

Family walk in the Lincolnshire Wolds

Whilst on a holiday to the in laws house by the Lincolnshire coast, we headed inland and enjoyed a short family walk around the Wolds which is an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB). With many walks to choose from on the very helpful Lincolnshire Wolds website I plumped for ‘A walk for all seasons’ which started in Belchford headed up to Fulletby and back to Belchford on the Viking Way. A short 4 ½ mile walk which gained a little bit of height and finished with a visit to the Bluebell Inn pub; this proved a good choice as the length was perfect for the kids and finishing at a pub is never a bad thing.

We parked the car by Belchford church and strolled through the village passing many pretty cottages and houses. One thing I have noticed about the towns & villages in this area are the nicely decorated signs you see when entering the said village/town. The Belchford sign on the eastern side of the village portrayed a huntsman on horseback with his hounds. After 1km stretch of walking on the road beyond the village we found the bridleway on our left, this heading down through wheat fields garnished by bright red poppies to cross a stream on a footbridge.

We then started gaining height up to Fulletby through a freshly ploughed field which had the largest most obvious path I think I have ever seen; after this we passed a small holding where inquisitive pigs rushed over to watch us through the fence. We stopped for lunch just before we reached the road. Once refuelled we walked up to and through Fulletby passing another decorated sign this time showing Henry Winn who lived in Fulletby and was the Parish Clerk for 76 years which earned him entry in the Guinness Book of Records. Fulletby stands at 138m and is one of the highest villages in the Wolds and because of this some phone and radio masts stand just out of the village. The heart of the village is very nice with a scenic church over looked by Winn cottage, Henry Winn’s home I presume.

We then picked up the Viking Way which is a 147 mile long distance path between the Humber Bridge and Oakham in Rutland. From just outside the village on a clear day Lincoln Cathedral can be seen in the distance and luckily it was such a day and sure enough there on the distant horizon barely visible was the faint outline of the Cathedral. Megan my dog enjoyed the freedom of the wide open field which was cover in lush green grass, very picturesque. We followed the Viking way back down the hill to Belchford and the Bluebell Inn where drinks and chips awaited. A great way to finish off an enjoyable family walk. 


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