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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Get involved!

Love walking in south Lincolnshire? Want to shout about it to the rest of the world? Go on, we know you’re tempted…

We’ve been really pleased with the number of walk leaders who’ve already registered to lead walks during the festival but we need more! If you (or someone you know) are interested in leading a walk during the festival please fill in this 2015 walk submission form and return it to us at slwf@lincsheritage.org or by post to the address on the right of this page —>

We’ve also put together some slwf helpful hints for walk submission form that you might find helpful.

Don’t worry if you’re walk straddles the border between Lincolnshire and its neighbouring counties, we want to include as much variety as possible!

Beverley

Cultural Events Officer