Long time since I posted due to work, painting the outside of the house and outbuildings before the winter and a nasty cold has kept me away from walking for a while. So last Sunday I thought I would take a break from all this and get out and about locally. Now I know most people think Lincolnshire just one big flat field from the Wash to Humber, but it is not really like that at all. OK in the areas around the Wash it is like that, but in the North of the county where I live, it is rolling hills, quiet country lanes and pretty villages. The Lincolnshire Wolds is an AONB – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. I guess it does not compare to the mountains and moorland that I often walk, but it has its own charm and your virtually never see more than one or two people out walking and for me it is five minutes away from my house.
Today I thought I would go a bit further south from me, as the Wolds stretch down to Horncastle and walk one of the nicest parts Market Stainton to Fulletby following the Viking Way – a National Trail.
Route: Market Stainton (River Bain) – Goulceby-Scamblesby-Belchford-Fulletby- Brook Farm on the Hemingby Road 10 miles (16 kms) with 3.5 hours walking
Sunday was a beautiful autumn day at home, the weather much better than further south. Tee – shirt weather , which I decided to take advantage of. I parked my car by the River Bain near Market Stainton and walked to the other side of Fulletby where Mary picked me up and ferried me back to my car. That way I could walk a good length of the Viking Way without doubling back on myself. The walk was not particularly taxing, with only a few climbs and was an ideal ease-in after a heavy cold lasting two weeks.
I only saw one family on the Viking Way the whole the afternoon, surprising as it was such nice weather.
Here are some pictures of the walk.