South Lincolnshire Walking Festival 2019

28 September to 27 October 2019


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Happy/Sad as we face the final weekend

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Happy that, despite some horrible weather, the festival has gone well so far.

Sad that it is nearly over, but we will be back next year.

Here is what we have on offer for the final weekend. We hope you can join us on some of these lovely walks

Fri 26th Oct Start Time 10:00am Dist 6 miles (3hrs)

49, A Walk Through Four Counties, Linked to 50

A walk through the lovely countryside of the four counties surrounding Stamford. We will walk alongside the River Welland, visit the pretty village of Easton on the Hill, stroll through woodland and walk past a historic ruin.
Leader Lincolnshire County Council Countryside Services Team 01522 552808 (office hours)

Organisation Lincolnshire County Council

Grid Ref TF 031 070 OS Explorer 234

Start Point Arts Centre, St Marys Street, Stamford, PE9 2DL

Parking Pay & Display car parks in Stamford

Terrain field paths and tracks – may be muddy

Level Moderate Cost Donations to SLWF

 

Fri 26th Oct Start Time 2:30pm Dist 4.5 miles (2.5hrs)

50, Burghley Park 2, Linked to 49

 

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A gentle afternoon stroll around Burghley Park, we will go up to the house, take a break at the garden café before we return via The Meadows and quaint streets in Stamford. The cafe at the Arts & Heritage centre will be open on our return.
Leader Pete Ashmore 07808213068 Organisation Heritage Lincolnshire

Grid Ref TF031 070 OS Explorer 234

Start Point TIC & Arts Centre, St Mary’s Street, Stamford PE9 2DL

Parking Pay & Display car parks in Stamford

Terrain On the level, gentle slopes, mostly hard surface

Level Easy Cost Donations to SLWF

 

Sat 27th Oct Start Time 10:00am Dist 6.6 miles (3hrs)

52, Vikings On The High Dike, Linked to 53

A spooky walk on the Heath, this time Wellingore Heath, for centuries the haunt of evil highwaymen and where Knights once roamed. Bring a packed lunch if you are doing both walks
Leader Pete Ashmore 07808213068 Organisation Heritage Lincolnshire

Grid Ref TF 010 547 OS Explorer 272

Start Point Temple Bruer Preceptory Tower, High Grange, Temple Bruer, LN5 0DQ,

1.8 miles West off the A15, Sign-posted Welbourn.

Parking At start point

Terrain Mostly level grass, stone and tarmac tracks. Can be muddy if wet

Level Moderate Cost £3.50 (please note! Pay for the morning walk, get the afternoon walk free)

 

Sat 27th Oct Start Time 2:00pm Dist 5.4 miles (2.5hrs)

53, Templars On The Heath, Linked to 52

A walk on the Heath where Knights Templars once roamed. Visit the Preceptory Tower and a Horse Gin. Also passes the site of RAF Wellingore and travels along part of the Roman Ermine Street, which once linked London with Lincoln and York
Leader Pete Ashmore 07808213068 Organisation Heritage Lincolnshire

Grid Ref TF 010 547 OS Explorer 272

Start Point Temple Bruer Preceptory Tower, High Grange, Temple Bruer, LN5 0DQ,

1.8 miles West off the A15, Sign-posted Welbourn.

Parking At the start point

Terrain Gentle gradients, grass, stone and tarmac lanes, can be muddy if wet

Level Moderate Cost £3.50 (Note! Free if you attend and pay for the morning walk)

 

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Temple Bruer Halloween Event Day, Sat 27th Oct, 11am – 4pm

Temple Bruer Knights Templar Preceptory Tower, Nr. Welbourn, LN5 0DQ
National Grid Reference: TF 00840 53714

Situated between Welbourn and Ashby de la Launde you will find the magnificent remains of the second wealthiest Templar preceptory in England.

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Join us for spine-chilling spooks, terrifying thrills and creepy crafts. Uncover the dark legend of the tower ghost; a headless knight that still roams the spiral staircases. Our peculiar puzzle trail is perfect for little witches and werewolves. You’ll be sure to have a fang-tastic time, just remember to look after your mummy!

Halloween costumes encouraged. Proceeds raised from the trail and crafts will go directly to Heritage Lincolnshire, helping the charity to continue looking after special historic sites like Temple Bruer.

 

Sat 27th Oct Start Time 10:00am Dist 10 miles (5hrs)

51, Belton Estate and Witham Valley

Starting in Belton Estate we visit the Bellmount Tower then walk through Syston, Great Gonerby and Manthorpe before returning to Belton House.
Leader Geoff Newmarch 07774 870632 Organisation Lincoln Ramblers

Grid Ref SK 944 389 OS Explorer 247

Start Point Bellmount Tower car park (East of house inside Belton Estate)

Parking At start point

Terrain Minor roads, tracks, footpaths, fields

Level Energetic Cost Donations to SLWF

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Sun 28th Oct Time 10:00am Dist 8.5 miles (4hrs)

54, Green Lanes of Temple Bruer

A gentle stroll along flat terrain including the ancient Roman Road of Ermine Street including a visit to the Knights Templar Preceptory Tower at Temple Bruer and the church of Temple Bruer.
Leader David Hill Organisation Ramblers

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Start Point 0.5 miles East of Brauncewell, Nearest Postcode LN5 0DH

Parking From A15 at 5 miles North of Sleaford, turn West on lane for Leadenham and park 0.5 miles beyond the few stone houses of Brauncewell

Terrain Fields & paths

Level Moderate Cost Donations to SLWF

 

Sun 28th Oct Start Time 10:00am Dist 2 miles (2hrs)

55, Wild Medicine Walk 3, Linked to 57.

Many of the plants we pass by everyday have the ability to heal and help us maintain good health. Guided by herbalists, we shall uncover plants that have medicinal value, teaching how to identify them, and discuss the health benefits of each.
Leader Emma Barker MNIMH 07887788105 weekdays after 3.30pm

Organisation Fenland Natural Health

Grid Ref TF 247 244 OS Explorer 249

Start Point Spalding Lifestyle & Garden Centre, 210 Spalding Road, Spalding,

Parking At the start point

Terrain Footpaths, river banks, meadows, may be muddy

Level Easy Cost Donations to SLWF

 

Sun 28th Oct Start Time 10:30am Dist 7 miles (3hrs)

56, Boston Town Walk.

Boston is a town full of history and interesting buildings. This walk will explore some of the quieter areas away from the town centre. We will walk beside the river Haven and learn about its past importance to the prosperity of the town.
Leader Mike Chapman 07500 401010 Organisation The Ramblers

Grid Ref TF 328 438 OS Explorer 261

Start Point Market Place, Boston

Parking Boston Market Place car park

Terrain Urban walking, mainly on pavements with some uneven riverbank tracks.

Level Moderate Cost Donations to SLWF

 

Sun 28th Oct Start Time 2:30pm Dist 1.5 miles (1hrs)

57, Wild Medicine Walk 4, Linked to 55

Many of the plants we pass by every day have the ability to heal and help us maintain good health. Guided by herbalists, we shall uncover plants that have medicinal value, teaching how to identify them, and discuss the health benefits of each.
Leader Emma Barker MNIMH 07887788105 weekdays after 3.30pm

Organisation Fenland Natural Health

Grid Ref TF 249 244 OS Explorer 249

Start Point Ayscoughfee Hall & Gardens, Churchgate, Spalding

Parking On street or Pay & Display Car Park at The Vista, next to Ayscoughfee Hall

Terrain Riverside paths, with special arrangements for pushchairs & wheelchairs

Level Easy Cost Donations to SLWF

Sunday 28th Oct, from 10:00-16:00

 

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Festival Finale 10am to 4pm

Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre, Heath Farm, North Rauceby, NG34 8QR
Join us at Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre for an RAF 100 themed finale. Plenty to see and do for all the family including four fabulous walks on offer. Prizes to be won! The Old Kings Head Raffle will be drawn at this event. Refreshments will be available throughout the day.
Visit the Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum Website for more information.

ps, BBC Radio Lincolnshire will be starting their Pirate Gold hunt from here

 

Sun 28th Oct Start Time 10:00am Dist 5.5 miles (2.5hrs)

58, Around The Raucebys

A ramble along countryside paths where Buzzards soar, we get a glimpse of Rauceby Hall and pass the site of a deserted medieval village.
Leader Pete Ashmore 07808213068 Organisation Heritage Lincolnshire

Grid Ref TF 022 475 OS Explorer 272

Start Point Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre, Heath Farm, North Rauceby, NG34 8QR

Parking At start point

Terrain Field paths, farm tracks, short stretches of road, can be muddy

Level Moderate Cost Donations to SLWF

 

Sun 28th Oct Start Time 10:30am Dist 10 miles (5hrs)

59, Bouncing Hill & Boiling Wells

Bouncing Hill and Boiling Wells, all this around North and South Rauceby. Will we see the hills move? Or the wells boil? There’s only one way to find out!
Leader Alex Russel 07903 054604 Organisation Boston Ramblers

Grid Ref TF 022 475 OS Explorer 272

Start Point Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre, Heath Farm, North Rauceby, NG34 8QR

Parking At start point

Terrain Farm tracks, field paths, some roads to cross, may be muddy

Level Energetic Cost Donations to SLWF

 

Sun 28th Oct Start Time 11:00am Dist 7.5 miles (3.5hrs)

60, Spinneys, Plantations and a DMV
A ramble around the Raucebys along farm tracks and field-edge paths where Buzzards grace the skies and views are panoramic. Check out the deserted medieval village.
Leader Brian Holman 07719522579 Organisation Heritage Lincolnshire

Grid Ref TF 022 475 OS Explorer 272

Start Point Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre, Heath Farm, North Rauceby, NG34 8QR

Parking At the start point

Terrain Field paths, tracks and pavements, may be muddy

Level Moderate Cost Donations to SLWF

AND FINALLY, 

Sun 28th Oct Start Time 1:00pm Dist 6 miles (2.5hrs)

61, Heath and High Wood

A ramble around North Rauceby, High Wood, a Deserted Medieval Village and open countryside with views of RAF College Cranwell.
Leader Pete Ashmore 07808213068 Organisation Heritage Lincolnshire

Grid Ref TF 022 475 OS Explorer 272

Start Point Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre, Heath Farm, North Rauceby, NG34 8QR

Parking At start point

Terrain Field paths, farm tracks, short stretches of road, can be muddy

Level Moderate Cost Donations to SLWF

Don’t forget to buy your raffle tickets, proceeds to save The Old Kings Head at  Kirton near Boston, a Heritage Lincolnshire project, at the finale venue. The draw will take place in the afternoon of 28th October. Tickets also available at the Stamford and Temple Bruer start points on Friday and Saturday. See the walk leader.

Prizes include, Family Ticket to Lincoln Castle, Tickets to Blackfriars The Sound Of Music, A Ride In A Rally Car, Two to TEDx Brayford Pool’s Salon Discussion.

 

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4th weekend, 19th – 21st October 2018

Last weekend was very windy, and on Sunday very wet, but this didn’t deter almost 500 walkers and runners on the Spires & Steeples Challenge and lots more walkers over the weekend attending 13 events.

This weekend we have 11 events for you, ranging from 1 mile to 10.75 miles with RAF100 themed walks and a Railway Ramble. Full details below. We hope you can join us, the forecast is looking better.

 

38, In the Shadow of a Castle, Fri 19th Oct Start Time 10:00am Dist 6 miles (3hrs)

A lovely walk taking in the Grantham Canal, the Viking Way and ending with stunning views across the Vale of Belvoir. Fingers crossed for clear skies!
Leader Lincolnshire County Council Countryside Services Team 01522 55280
Organisation Lincolnshire County Council
Grid Ref SK 842 351 OS Explorer 247
Start Point Dirty Duck Pub, Woolsthorpe, Grantham, NG32 1NY
Parking Pub carpark (by kind permission of the landlord)
Terrain Field paths, tracks and canal towpath. May be muddy.
Level Moderate Cost Donations to SLWF
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39, Denton Reservoir & Harlaxton Village.  Fri 19th Oct Start Time 2:30pm Dist 4 miles (2hrs)

A relaxing stroll around a reservoir, along the canal and around two picturesque villages at the edge of the Trent and Belvoir Vales where the land rises to join the Kesteven Uplands and the Leicestershire Wolds.
Leader Pete Ashmore 07808213068 Organisation Heritage Lincolnshire
Grid Ref SK 865 325 OS Explorer 247
Start Point St Andrew’s Church, 122 Church St, Denton, Grantham, NG32 1LG, UK
Parking On street near church, please park responsibly
Terrain Field paths and village footpaths, may be muddy in places
Level Easy Cost Donations to SLWF
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40, Railway Ramble – Along the Grantham Canal. Sat 20th Oct Start Time Train departs Grantham at 9:45am to Bottesford (9:56am) Dist 9.5 miles (5hrs)

Sat 20th Oct Start Time Train departs Grantham at 9:45am to Bottesford (9:56am) Dist 9.5 miles (5hrs)
A LINEAR walk from Bottesford to Grantham along the Grantham Canal.
Take the train from Grantham (9.45am) to Bottesford for a linear walk along the Grantham Canal back to Grantham. Trains dep: Boston 8.50, Heckington 9.04, Sleaford 9.12 and Grantham 9.45 arriving Bottesford 9.56. Train fares apply.
Leader Stuart Parker 01522534655 Organisation Ramblers Lincoln
Grid Ref SK 913 351 OS Explorer 247
Start Point Grantham Railway Station, 9.30am, NG31 6BT
Parking Pay & Display car parks at station or in town
Terrain Footpaths, lanes, mostly canal towpath
Level Moderate Cost Donations to SLWF
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41, Morkery Wood 2018 Style. Sat 20th Oct Start Time 10:30am Dist 8.6 miles (4.5hrs)

Exploring woodland and open fields, Morkery is a small, peaceful, ancient woodland which was used as an ammunition and bomb store during the Second World War (it was RAF South Witham).
Leader Pete Ashmore 07808213068 Organisation Heritage Lincolnshire
Grid Ref SK 953 192 OS Explorer 247
Start Point Morkery Wood, Morkery Ln, Grantham, NG33 5LR, On the Castle Bytham Road Approx. 1 mile East of the A1
Parking As start point
Terrain Woodland and field paths, can be muddy, short stretches of road
Level Moderate Cost £3.50
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42, Coleby Circular. Sun 21st Oct Start Time 10:00am Dist 7.7 miles (approx. 5hrs)

This route takes in four villages with interesting features pointed out along the way. The trail includes part of Lincolnshire’s longest footpath – The Viking Way.
Leader Brian W Holman 07719522579 Organisation. Heritage Lincolnshire
Grid Ref SK 975 603 OS Explorer 272
Start Point The Green, Coleby. Opposite The Tempest PH.
Parking On verges in Rectory Road off the A607.
Terrain Hard tracks, pavements, grass verges, paths and fields. 5 Stiles to cross.
Level Moderate Cost Donations to SLWF
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43, A Castle, Woodland and Water. Sun 21st Oct Start Time 10:00am Dist 10.75 miles (5.5hrs)

An interesting walk through gentle rolling countryside. Setting off in the beautiful landscape of Grimsthorpe Park with its Castle, lake and wildfowl, through woodland, pretty villages and farmland & approaching the Castle and its impressive facade.
Leader Alison Crow 01780755681 Organisation Ramblers
Grid Ref TF 044 231 OS Explorer 248
Start Point Grimsthorpe Castle, PE10 0LY
Parking Via estate office entrance to Castle on A151 west of Grimsthorpe Village
Terrain Well surfaced paths, quiet roads, fields and footpaths
Level Energetic Cost Donations to SLWF
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44, To Antons Gowt – beyond and back. Sun 21st Oct Start Time 10:30am Dist 5 miles (2hrs)

A meander around the Country Park and then following the Witham to Antons Gowt, spotting the sculptures en route.
Leader Ann Martin 07502220023 Organisation Boston Ramblers
Grid Ref TF 318 458 OS Explorer 261
Start Point Witham Way Country Park, Tattershall Road, Boston, PE21 9LR
Parking At start point
Terrain Level tracks and pathways
Level Easy Cost Donations to SLWF
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45, We will remember. Linked to 44. Sun 21st Oct Start Time 2:00pm Dist approx. 1 mile (1hr)

A leisurely stroll in the beautiful Victorian Cemetery which is listed as an Historic Park and Garden and a designated Local Wildlife site before visiting the WW1 war graves where we will remember the fallen.
Leader Ann Martin 07502220023 Organisation Friends of Boston Cemetery
Grid Ref TF 323 454 OS Explorer 261
Start Point Boston Cemetery Car Park, PE21 9HA
Parking At start point
Terrain Flat tracks and pathways
Level Easy Cost Donations to SLWF & Friends Of Boston Cemetery
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46, Roam Around Scopwick & Blankney. Linked to 48. Sun 21st Oct Start Time 9:45am Dist 8 miles (3hrs)

An RAF related energetic ramble in the countryside starting and finishing at the Visitor Centre, we see RAF personnel graves and a memorial to a crashed Lancaster bomber.
Leader Pete Ashmore 07808213068 Organisation Heritage Lincolnshire
Grid Ref TF 102 596 OS Explorer 272
Start Point RAF Metheringham Airfield Museum, Westmoor Farm, Martin Moor, Metheringham, Lincoln, LN4 3WF
Parking At start point Terrain Mostly well maintained grass paths and farm tracks. Can be muddy in places
Level Energetic Cost Donations to SLWF & RAF Metheringham Airfield Museum
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48, Metheringham Old Airfield Circular. Linked to 46. Sun 21st Oct Start Time 2:30pm Dist 5.2 miles (2hrs)

A wander around the old Metheringham Airfield where 106sqdn operated during the second world war, including a visit to the RAF Memorial, fitting for this #RAF100 year.
Leader Pete Ashmore 07808213068 Organisation Heritage Lincolnshire
Grid Ref TF 102 596 OS Explorer 272
Start Point RAF Metheringham Airfield Museum, Westmoor Farm, Martin Moor, Metheringham, Lincoln, LN4 3WF
Parking At start point
Terrain Mostly old concrete landing strips, some grass paths may be muddy
Level Moderate Cost Donations to SLWF & RAF Metheringham Airfield Museum
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Friday 5th to Sunday 7th October

Coming up this weekend

Friday 5th October

12, Tea For Two, 10:00-14:00, 8 miles (4hrs)

Leadenham Teahouse & Post Office, 10 Main Rd, Leadenham LN5 0PY
This moderately paced ramble takes us over the (Lincoln) edge and into the valley below, past a manor house and an RAF Memorial followed by a gentle climb back onto the edge and a visit to a church. Refreshments can be purchased at the start & end.

13, Bonnie Scotland, 10:30am Dist 6 miles (2.5hrs)

In front of St Bartholomew’s Church, Ingoldsby NG33 4EN
Visit Scotland without leaving Lincolnshire! Woods, tracks and history

14, Around Ancaster,  2:00pm Dist 4 miles (2hrs)

Car Park, Station Approach, Ancaster Station, NG32 3QY
A gentle stroll over tracks and paths in an area visited by the Romans. We wend our way to Woodland Waters then along the Valley then up steps to return via Ermine Way

Saturday 6th October

15, Around South Rauceby, 11:00am Dist 4.5 miles (2.5hrs)

St Peter’s Church, North Rauceby, NG34 8QU
A very easy walk across the fields and through the woods around the pretty village of South Rauceby. Some undulation in places but no serious hills and only a couple of stiles

16, Burghley Park 1 Linked to 18, 1:00pm Dist 4.5 miles (2.5hrs)

TIC & Arts Centre, St Mary’s Street, Stamford, PE9 2DL
An afternoon circular stroll around Burghley Park, we will walk to the house, pause at the café for a welcome break before we wend our way back to Stamford. Coincides with Stamford Apple Day where all things apple may be purchased

17, A stroll through History in a Victorian cemetery, 2:00pm Dist 1 mile (1hr)

Holbeach Cemetery, Park Road, Holbeach
The walk leader takes you back to Victorian times as the fascinating lives of people buried in the cemetery unfold. You will hear of the hardships borne and the different trades in Victorian times. Mature trees and carved headstones set the scene.

18, Stamford Four Counties Night Walk Linked to 16, 5:00pm Dist 6 miles (3hrs)

TIC & Arts Centre, St Mary’s Street, Stamford, PE9 2DL
See Stamford and Four Counties in a different light, taking in Lincolnshire, Rutland, Northamptonshire and Cambridgeshire. Head Torches Essential. Refreshments/Toilets at beginning not the end.

Sunday 7th October

19, Views of the Vale of Belvoir, 10:00am Dist 9 miles (5hrs)

The Green, Allington, Nr Grantham, NG32 2EA
Walking from Allington via Thackston’s Well, towards (but not over) the A1. Returning via the Ashes and the Earthworks with views over the Vale of Belvoir.

20, Folkingham & Sempringham Circular, 10:00am Dist 8.5 miles (4.5hrs)

Church, Market Place, Folkingham, NG34 0SE
Starting in the impressive Market Place of Folkingham this walk passes through rolling countryside taking in the isolated church at Sempringham Priory with its fascinating history and also through the pretty village of Aslackby.

21, Wild Medicine Walk 1, 10:30am Dist 2 miles (2hrs)

Spalding Lifestyle & Garden Centre, 210 Spalding Road, Spalding, PE11 3PB
Many of the plants we pass by every day have the ability to heal and help us maintain good health. Guided by herbalists, we shall uncover plants that have medicinal value, teaching how to identify them, and discuss the health benefits of each.

22, Woods & Wildlife Walk, 10:30am Dist 12 miles (6hrs)

St Mary’s Church, Church Street, Carlton Le Moorland, LN5 9GP.
If you go down to the woods today, you could be in for a big surprise, plenty of wildlife, maybe a bear or two. Maybe even a rare glimpse of some Banded Demoiselles.

23, Walking in Grundy’s Spalding, 2:00pm Dist 1.5 miles (2hrs)

Spalding Gentlemen’s Society, Broad Street, Spalding, PE11 1 TB
John Grundy 1696-1748 was an engineer concerned with drainage and fenland management, in 1731 he was commissioned by Spalding Gentlemens Society to produce a Spalding map (completed 1732) and the walk will compare the early map with Spalding today.

24, Wild Medicine Walk 2,  2:30pm Dist 1.5 miles (1hr)

Ayscoughfee Hall & Gardens, Churchgate, Spalding, PE11 2RA
Many of the plants we pass by every day have the ability to heal and help us maintain good health. Guided by herbalists, we shall uncover plants that have medicinal value, teaching how to identify them, and discuss the health benefits of each


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The Grand Launch, 29th September 2018

Harlaxton

 

On Saturday 29th September Harlaxton Manor will host the grand opening of the 4th South Lincolnshire Walking Festival, providing a rare opportunity to visit the stunning historic property and its grounds, now owned by the University of Evansville, Indiana, USA.

The family friendly event offers a packed programme of walks and tours throughout the day*, including:

Harlaxton House Tours (10.15am & 2pm): Learn how the Manor, built in the 1830’s for a wealthy Nottinghamshire businessman, played a key role in England’s history throughout the years.

Harlaxton Walled Garden Tour (10.30am & 1.45pm): Join Harlaxton’s Head Gardner for a tour of the 6.5 acre walled garden, one of the largest in Britain!

Harlaxton Family Garden Trail (10.45am & 2.15pm): A great opportunity for families to go and explore the stunning gardens and see what you can find with the fun family trail.

Harlaxton’s Military History (11.15am & 1.30pm): Harlaxton’s history from the trenches of WW1 to operation Market Garden in WW2.

Safeguarding Harlaxton’s Heritage (12.30pm): Tackling Heritage at Risk in the grounds of Harlaxton Manor.

Canal & Reservoir Circular (12.30pm): A gentle afternoon stroll by canal and reservoir.

Viking Way and Canal Walk (10am): an energetic 10.5 mile walk along the Viking Way and Grantham Canal, departing from Harlaxton Manor and returning in time for tea!

*Some walks have limited availability, places will be allocated on a first come first served basis on the day.

Those wanting to explore the grounds at their leisure can join one of the self-led trails around Harlaxton Woodland.

The event, which runs from 10am to 4pm, offers something for all ages and abilities and with no admission charge it makes for a fun and affordable day out for all the family. Refreshments will be served in the conservatory throughout the day. All walks are free, except house tours where a small fee of £2 applies. Donations to the South Lincolnshire Walking Festival are welcomed.

The launch event marks the start of a 14 day festival, offering over 60 walks on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between 29th September – 28th October.

The festival will conclude with a finale event at Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre on Sunday 28th October, where the Heritage Lincolnshire raffle will be drawn. Tickets for the raffle will be on sale at the launch event and can also be purchased at www.heritagelincolnshire.org/raffle. A range of prizes are on offer including a family ticket to Lincoln Castle. All money raised will help Heritage Lincolnshire to save the Old King’s Head in Kirton.

To find out more about the South Lincolnshire Walking Festival, pick up a copy of the festival brochure which is out now. Copies are available from your local library or tourist information centre, or it can be download from the festival website (https://southlincswalking.com). Walks are also listed on the South Lincolnshire Walking Festival Facebook page.

The festival is organised by Heritage Lincolnshire with support from Lincolnshire County Council, Access Lincoln, North Kesteven District Council, South Kesteven District Council, Boston Borough Council and South Holland District Council.

Natalie Lunt, Walking Festival Co-ordinator for Heritage Lincolnshire, said “We are delighted once again to co-ordinate this highly successful walking festival in South Lincolnshire thanks to our partners, supporters and volunteers.”

 


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Take a look at this from 2016. This will be updated in due course. Get ready for our second weekend of walks in 2016!

david leatherdale irnham to bonnie scotland.jpgWe hope you enjoyed last weekend’s walks. Did you take any photos? Share them with us on Facebook, Twitter or by popping them in an email to slwf@heritagelincolnshire.org. We’d love to see them!

This Friday, Saturday and Sunday we have 16 fantastic walks lined up for you, from a 1 mile stroll along the River Banks of Boston with historian Neil Wright to an energetic 11 miles of Green Lanes and a Country House Near Osbournby.

You can discover Hidden Belton, Break Boundaries from Stamford, track down The Welsh Princess, go on a Chocolate Pilgrimage, make your Great Escape and experience the Chicken Run plus many more listed below. 11 of the walks are dog-friendly so you can bring your walking buddy along too!

13. Hidden Belton – BOOKING ESSENTIAL
Walk leader: Rachael Hall, National Trust Archaeologist 01476 566116 or email belton@nationaltrust.org.uk
Friday 30th September at 09:30
Start point: Start point on the Belton House estate will be provided at time of booking
Distance: Up to 4 miles
Cost: Walk is free but ‘grounds only’ admission applies
Dogs welcome
14. Green Lanes and a Country House near Osbournby
Friday 30th September at 10:00
Walk leader: Alison Crow
Start point: High Street, Osbournby NG34 0DP TF068381
Distance: 11 miles
Dogs welcome
15. Algarkirk and Sutterton Circular Walk
Friday 30th September at 11:00
Walk leader: Rosemary Saunders
Start point: Algarkirk Village Hall PE20 2HH TF291351
Distance: 4 miles
Dogs welcome
16. From Market to Mill
Friday 30th September at 11:00
Walk leader: Lincolnshire County Council Countryside Services Team
Start point: Market Place, Market Deeping PE6 8EA TF138099
Distance: 5.5 miles
Dogs welcome
17. Friday at Frampton Marsh #1 – BOOKING ESSENTIAL
Friday 30th September at 14:00
Walk leader: Vincent Chambers 01205 724678
Start point: Start point at RSPB Frampton Marsh will be provided at time of booking
Distance: 2.5 miles
18. A Bit of Sleaford Past
Saturday 1st October at 10:00
Walk leader: Dick Fairhead
Start point: East Banks Car Park, Boston Road, Sleaford NG34 7HH TF072456
Distance: 3.5 miles
19. Navenby, Wellingore and Temple Bruer Church
Saturday 1st October at 10:00
Walk leader: Ray Holloway
Start point: The Venue, Grantham Road, Navenby LN5 0JJ SK987572
Distance: 7.5 miles
Dogs welcome
20. Breaking Boundaries from Stamford – BOOKING ESSENTIAL
Walk leader: Rachael Smith 01476 406080
Saturday 1st October at 10:30
Start point: Start point in Stamford will be given at time of booking
Distance: 7 miles
Dogs welcome
21. Central Park, Witham Bank and Witham Way Country Park Circular
Walk leader: Frances Taylor
Saturday 1st October at 11:00
Start point: Central Park, Park Gate, Boston PE21 6RF TF328443
Distance: 2.5 miles
Dogs welcome
22. The Welsh Princess
Walk leader: Richard Collins, CurlyDog Ltd
Saturday 1st October at 13:30
Start point: Pointon Playing Field and Social Club, Fen Lane, Pointon NG34 0LZ TF119318
Distance: 4.5 miles
Dogs welcome
23. Deeping Lakes Nature Reserve
Walk leader: David Mainwaring and Norah Littler 0771 7408534
Saturday 1st October at 14:00
Start point: DeepingLakes car park. Grid reference TF182083
Distance: 2 miles
24. Freiston High Tide Walk – BOOKING ESSENTIAL
Walk leader: Chris Andrews 01205 724678
Saturday 1st October at 17:00
Start point: Start point at RSPB Freiston will be provided at time of booking
Distance: 3 miles
25. Chocolate Pilgrimage
Walk leader: Ian Marshman
Sunday 2nd October at 10:00
Start point: Meet outside the former Greyhound Inn , Market Place, Folkingham NG34 0TG TF072336
Distance: 6 miles
Dogs welcome
26. The Great Escape
Walk leader: Robert West
Sunday 2nd October at 10:30
Start point: Cut End Car Park, Cut End Road, Fishtoft PE22 0QX TF380391
Distance: 8.5 miles
27. Chicken Run!
Walk leader: Beverley Gormley
Sunday 2nd October at 11:00
Start point: Ruskington Village Hall Car Park, Parkfield Road, Ruskington NG34 9HS TF083513
Distance: 4.5 miles
Dogs welcome
28. River Banks of Boston
Walk leader: Neil Wright
Sunday 2nd October at 11:00
Start point: St Botolph’s Footbridge, PE21 8RZ TF327441
Distance: 1 mile
Dogs welcome
You can download the full programme of walks for 24th September to 30th October or donate to the festival at www.southlincswalking.com


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Meet Boston’s Health Walks!

boston health walks

Our pilot festival in 2015 enjoyed massive support from Boston’s extremely successful Health Walks programme through its co-ordinator, walk leaders and dedicated walkers. Once again, Boston’s walk leaders will be leading lots of #SLWF walks this autumn!

Next year Boston Health Walks will have been running for 10 years and is planning a celebration walk for their 400+ members and 50 volunteers who deliver 12 different walks every week. They have seen many improvements in the health and wellbeing of their members, be it mentally, socially or physically. This is very rewarding for everyone and all involved feel the walking programme has become a vital service within their community.

Frances Taylor Walks Co-ordinator for Boston says “The walk leaders show such commitment to their groups and are always ready to welcome new walkers. They encourage walkers to improve their walking and are ready to support those that need it. Without such amazing walk leaders the programme would definitely not be the success that it has proven to be.”

Boston Health Walks have entered 11 walks into the festival and look forward to welcoming people from the wider community to them. If you’re interested in finding out about joining Boston’s Health Walks programme, walk details and contact information are available on the website.


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A Warm Welcome to Ales and Trails UK!

SLWF 2016 will see the return of lots of familiar walk leaders from 2015, but we’re also welcoming some new faces! Here’s a guest blog from Ales and Trails UK who are leading a ‘Tides and Tulips’ walk on 29th October:

A few weeks ago, after submitting a guided walk to the South Lincolnshire Walking Festival (SLWF), they asked me if I’d like to write a blog post explaining who Ales & Trails UK are, the walk we’ll be undertaking and why we want to be involved in the SLWF. I was only too happy to oblige!

Firstly, let me introduce the A&T team; my name is Chris Fearnley, I’m 29 and I live in Stamford, Lincolnshire. The other (and arguably better half) of the team is my partner of four years, Sharon. We first started walking together about 2-3 years ago; it was a free day out and gave us the opportunity to get some exercise while still being able to spend time together. In the early days, as Sharon wanted to go on longer and longer walks, she discovered she could often coax me out of the armchair and into my walking boots by telling me there were one or more pubs along the route and I would be permitted an ale half way around! We soon realised from many of the existing walking routes and guides out there that instructions were often poorly-described, or in some instances, completely wrong! So, we started out by creating an online blog, where we would publish our walking routes. Soon after, we realised there could be potential to upscale this concept… and so Ales & Trails UK was born. We moved to a new website, added a bit of aesthetic design to our walking routes and began promoting ourselves via social media.

So what makes Ales & Trails UK unique?

  1. We actually walk all of the routes ourselves, so you know the instructions will be reliable and accurate.
  2. We include an optional GPS ‘trace’ of the walk, which you can download onto your smartphone and follow, to provide you with an extra level of reassurance that you’ll never get lost, should you wish to have it.
  3. Every one of our walks also includes at least one ‘proper’ country pub (often more than one) so you can add an extra dimension of enjoyment to your day out. We also don’t recommend any pub, local ale or Sunday lunch without first trying it ourselves.
  4. We enrich our walking routes with details and photographs of historical or culturally-significant locations along the route, as well as images to assist with navigation and details on the wildlife you may be able to observe while on the route.

A few weeks ago, Bev from the SLWF approached us and asked us if we would like to lead a walk as part of the festival. This was our first real opportunity to share what we do with an audience that shares our passion. So, on 29 October at 10am, the ‘Tides and Tulips’ (click to view the Facebook event page) walk in Surfleet will set off along historical footpaths, on riverside trails, through beautiful horticultural fields, past Lincolnshire’s ‘wonkiest’ church and over the Surfleet Sluice and Reservoir, where the fresh waters and tidal waters of the River Glen meet. We’ll finish with an optional pint of real ale and pub lunch at the riverside Ship Inn, who have been very kind and allowed us use of their parking facilities for the day.

The A&T team think the SLWF, and its sister events, like the Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival, are fantastic events to be a part of. As Sharon will tell you, planning an interesting, safe, circular, engaging walking route can be a challenging and time-consuming process. Having an event with in excess of 70 walks where all this has been done by for you removes the tedious task of planning a route, while still providing maximum enjoyment and the opportunity to meet and socialise with fellow walkers. The festival also provides the perfect platform for families, couples and individuals to explore the great British countryside with a group of sociable, like-minded people.

So, if you’d like to join us on our ‘Tides and Tulips’ walk, please do register your interest on our Facebook events page, where we will publish all information in relation to the walk. Similarly, you can take a look at our entire library of free walking routes and ‘ale trails’, and follow us on social media, using the links below.

Happy trails!

The A&T Team

www.alesandtrailsuk.co.uk

www.facebook.com/alesandtrailsuk

www.twitter.com/alesandtrailsuk