A Walk for all Seasons

A Belchford walk posted on 26/07/19 by Lincolnshire Wolds. Update : 23/08/19

This walk starts in Belchford, nestling in the Wolds, and goes to the attractive hilltop village of Fulletby. Following part of the Viking Way, you walk through an old meadow and on a clear day enjoy distant views of Lincoln Cathedral.
Absorb the heritage, scenery and wildlife in the heart of the Lincolnshire Wolds.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h20[?]
Distance Distance : 7.1km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 117m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 113m
Highest point Highest point : 140m
Lowest point Lowest point : 73m
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Belchford
Starting point Starting point : N 53.260345° / W 0.063813°
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Description

The route is waymarked with a skylark symbol.

(D/A) Start at the Blue Bell Inn in Belchford. With the Inn behind you, turn right along Main Road.

(1) After nearly a mile, turn left along a bridleway.

(2) The bridleway descends to a bridge over the River Waring. As you cross the bridge, the large ash tree on your left is often used by tawny owls. Occasionally owl pellets can be seen on the ground nearby.

(3) Heading uphill towards Fulletby, you pass tree plantations on your left. Conifers are planted around the edges to provide quick growing shelter, for the broad-leaved trees inside.

(4) At the road, turn left along Hemingby Lane, following the Viking Way. The Viking Way is a 147 mile long distance footpath running from the Humber to Oakham in Rutland.

Turn left down Mill Lane immediately after the garage. Follow the road to the right, passing the church and Winn Cottage.

Turn left along School Lane. At the start of the ‘private road’, turn right on to the footpath, keeping to the Viking Way.

(5) The field you are now crossing has very obvious lumps and bumps - the remains of medieval Fulletby when it was a much larger village.

Cross the meadow, heading for a gate. Grassland such as this is becoming increasingly rare - common knapweed and ladies bedstraw grow here. Cross the next field heading towards the left-hand tree in the valley. Go through the kissing gates and follow the uphill boundary of two fields.

(6) From here you may see the distant towers of Lincoln Cathedral. When you reach the corner of the field, keep left along the field boundary, with the hedge on your right. Bear right at the signpost and continue with the hedge on your right.

(7) Go downhill along a short stretch of grassy track, turning off right to stay on the footpath through the area known locally as ‘Hills and Holes’ - possibly an ancient stone quarry.

(8) Follow the track through the hedge and go right, then left with the fence on your right. Turn right at the stream, the River Waring, and after a few yards cross the bridge and continue to join Dams Lane. Turn right along the lane to return to Belchford.(D/A)

Yew Tree Cottage is over 200 years old and was built in the local 'mud and stud' style with a thatched roof.

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0 - Blue Bell Inn
1 : km 1.29 - alt. km 1.29
2 : km 2.38 - alt. km 2.38 - River Waring
3 : km 2.59 - alt. km 2.59 - Fulletby
4 : km 4.07 - alt. km 4.07 - Hemingby Lane
5 : km 4.78 - alt. km 4.78 - Fulletby DMV
6 : km 5.46 - alt. km 5.46 - Views of Lincoln Cathedral
7 : km 6.23 - alt. km 6.23 - Hills and Holes
8 : km 6.58 - alt. km 6.58
D/A : km 7.1 - alt. km 7.1 - Blue Bell Inn

Useful Information

Maps: OS Explorer Map 273

Parking: Considerate parking in the village.

Terrain: A mixture of footpaths, tracks and roadside walking - may be muddy in places.

Refreshments & Toilets: Pub.

The Lincolnshire Wolds is a nationally important and cherished landscape. Most of it was designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1973. Covering an area of 558 square kilometres or 216 square miles, the AONB contains the highest ground in eastern England between Yorkshire and Kent, rising to over 150m along its western edge. Rolling chalk hills and areas of sandstone and clay underlie this attractive landscape.

The Lincolnshire Wolds has been inhabited since prehistoric times and the appearance of the countryside today has been greatly influenced by past and present agricultural practices.

A Countryside Service helps to protect and enhance the landscape through partnership projects with local landowners, farmers, parish councils, businesses and residents of the Wolds.

Office Address :
Lincolnshire Wolds Countryside Service
Navigation Warehouse
Riverhead Road
Louth
Lincs LN11 0DA

Phone: 01522 555780 Twitter: @LincsWoldsAONB

Website: https://www.lincswolds.org.uk

Hikideas and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

Fulletby, at 137m above sea level, is one of the highest villages in Lincolnshire. Nearby transmitters make the village easy to spot on the skyline!

During the 19th century, Fulletby was largely self-sufficient. The church, chapel, school, beerhouse, bakeries and post office catered for the needs of the villagers. It even had its own shoemaker, thatcher and blacksmith.

Henry Winn 1816-1914 - Henry’s 76 years as parish clerk won him an entry in The Guinness Book of Records. This remarkable man also held posts such as churchwarden, overseer of the poor, constable, schoolteacher and collector of taxes. He had 21 children all born in Winn Cottage - but only four survived to adulthood. All the family except one daughter are buried in Fulletby churchyard. Winn Cottage was also the village grocery, drapery store and post office. Have a look inside the church to see more about Henry Winn.

The Skylark - Skylarks are birds of open fields and feed entirely on the ground. In its distinctive song flight, the bird soars, hovers, then plunges towards the ground, levelling out from time to time, pouring out an unbroken stream of song.

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