South Lincolnshire Walking Festival 2019

28 September to 27 October 2019


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Walking in a Fenland landscape

In my first post I described the landscape that the South Lincolnshire Walking Festival will cover – North and South Kesteven, Boston and South Holland. This time I’m focusing on the Fenland landscape between Spalding and Bourne, where big, open skies are a blank canvas for cloud formations, spires and steeples dot the horizon and huge flocks of birds take flight beside strangely named waterways.

Willow Tree Fen

Lapwings and Wigeons at Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust’s Willow Tree Fen – John Oliver

Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting up with Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust’s South East Warden John Oliver and South Lincolnshire Fenlands Partnership’s Amanda Jenkins who gave me a tour of the wild and beautiful Willow Tree Fen.  According to Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust the purchase of Willow Tree Fen in 2009 increased Lincolnshire’s wild fenland by 200%.

The Nature Reserve is an evocative place that makes you want to explore as there’s something different to see at every turn. I particularly enjoyed discovering ‘THE’ willow tree from which the Fen takes its name and hearing all about the Trust’s plans for the site. There’s ample parking, great interpretation areas and facilities. John and Amanda are enthusiastic supporters of the South Lincolnshire Walking Festival, planning on leading walks on and from Willow Tree Fen but also running various family activities and registering walks in the local area and involving local landowners and businesses who have a passion for the fenland, its wildlife and its heritage.

As I left the nature reserve I was struck by the unusual names in the surrounding countryside. Pode Hole, Tongue End, Twenty Drain, Guthram Gowt, Cowbit…. Can’t wait to find out about the stories behind those names!

Watch this space for more information on walks on or near to Willow Tree Fen but until then here some links you might find useful if you’re planning on visiting the area:

What to spot at Willow Tree Fen

Great British Weather’s Cloud Spotting Guide

Cloud spotting at Willow Tree Fen

Cloud spotting at Willow Tree Fen – Beverley Gormley

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Press release: Step forward to lead a walk in the first South Lincolnshire Walking Festival

South Lincolnshire Walking Festival

Heritage Lincolnshire

The Old School

Cameron Street

Heckington

Lincolnshire NG34 9RW

 

Tel 01529 461499

Email slwf@lincsheritage.org

Facebook www.facebook.com/southlincswalkingfestival

Twitter www.twitter.com/SthLincWalkFest

 

Contact: Beverley Gormley – Cultural Events Officer

 

Step forward to lead a walk in the first South Lincolnshire Walking Festival

 

Heritage Lincolnshire, a charitable trust based in Heckington, is urging organisations and businesses to volunteer to lead walks in the first ever South Lincolnshire Walking Festival.

 

The brand new walking festival will take place between 25th September and 31st October this year and will feature free guided walks in North & South Kesteven, Boston and South Holland. There are already around 30 different walks lined up so far, led by organisations such as the Ramblers, Walking for Health groups, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, the Forestry Commission and the Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology but more are needed to help attract visitors to the south of the county.

 

Beverley Gormley, Heritage Lincolnshire’s Cultural Events Officer, said “The South Lincolnshire Walking Festival is creating a real buzz in this part of the county! North & South Kesteven, Boston and South Holland are jam packed with heritage and history and we want to help show off those hidden gems to local people and visitors while helping to boost the local economy. This is our chance to put this part of Lincolnshire firmly on the walking festival map.

 

South Lincolnshire has a varied landscape that has witnessed Bronze Age burials, Iron Age mints, roman forts, the Knights Templar, castles and abbeys but the festival isn’t only for history lovers! Whether you want to roam with Ramblers, have an adventure with your kids, get snapping on a photography foray or get fit on a health trail, there’s something for everyone. The walks will take place on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays so that those who work or want to involve the family don’t miss out. Anyone who’s interested should go to www.southlincswalking.com or our Facebook or Twitter pages to find out more.”

 

Heritage Lincolnshire also organises the successful Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival in partnership with the Wolds Countryside Service and is keen to promote Lincolnshire’s heritage to walkers. If you or your organisation are interested in leading a walk, your business would like a walk to start or finish at their premises, or you would like your organisation to be featured in the brochure please get in touch by email at slwf@lincsheritage.org, phone 01529 461499 before 23 February 2015.

 

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NOTES FOR EDITORS

 

The Heritage Trust of Lincolnshire is a charity, established in 1991, whose activities ensure that the special character and significance of Lincolnshire’s heritage is understood, valued, conserved and celebrated for the benefit of local people, visitors and future generations.

 

The Trust is supported by County and District Councils, national heritage bodies, through commercial activities and sponsorship. We welcome donations [including gift aid] and legacies.

 

The Trust’s key objectives are to:

 

  • Provide high quality learning and volunteering activities which attract a diverse audience and raise awareness of Lincolnshire’s heritage.
  • Increase participation in heritage activities through community engagement.
  • Develop and deliver conservation projects that secure investment for Lincolnshire and contribute to economic regeneration.
  • Undertake archaeological fieldwork and research that advances our understanding of Lincolnshire’s historic environment.


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If you build it, they will come…

Organising a walking festival is no easy task. It’s a fascinating, rewarding task, but it definitely doesn’t fall into the ‘easy’ category. We want to ensure that South Lincolnshire Walking Festival appears on every walker’s calendar next year as the region has so much to offer!

There’s a lot to think of, organisations to get on board, funding to find, routes to work out, ideas to develop…the list goes on. But perhaps one of the more challenging misconceptions to overcome is the opinion of many that Lincolnshire (apart from the Wolds) isn’t generally thought of as a ‘walker’s landscape’. Many people think that the whole of Lincolnshire is flat – yes the fens toward Norfolk are pretty flat with big, gorgeous skies that the Cloud Appreciation Society would love and huge cathedral-like churches reflecting the wealth of a bygone era, but south Lincolnshire has a surprisingly varied landscape.

If you ever have the good fortune to be travelling from Newark to Sleaford you’ll see ahead of you a ridge that stretches from north of Lincoln (Lincoln Cathedral towers above it) down to Grantham. This is known as the ‘Lincolnshire Cliff’, formed of jurassic limestone and dotted with pretty little villages. The Viking Way follows its route and there are some fantastic views to be had looking towards Rutland, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and the Lincolnshire Wolds and Fens.

The Cliff gives way to some lovely rolling countryside filled with history and we aim to showcase some of this during the course of the festival. The Knights Templar built one of the wealthiest preceptories in Britain here (yes, there will be a walk from Temple Bruer), the Romans built a fort near Ancaster, Ralph Cromwell who was Lord Treasurer of England built a castle here – south Lincolnshire is bursting at the seams with heritage and culture!

So don’t miss out, come and join us for this free festival between 25 September and 31 October 2015 and let us show you some of Lincolnshire’s hidden historical gems, walkers’ ways and havens for nature. Add it to your diary now!

Beverley

Heritage Lincolnshire Cultural Events Officer