Lincolnshire Wolds: Romans and Vikings
Author: NickC, Published: 09 Sep 2013 Rating:
Lincolnshire, Lincolnshire Wolds
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Length: 8 miles,  Difficulty:
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If you thought Lincolnshire was flat, this walk may make you change your mind. Not that there's a lot of hilly walking, just enough to change perceptions! A decent length circular track, this walk starts in Fulletby, the second highest village in the Lincolnshire Wolds, and takes you through two further typical Wolds villages, using a combination of footpaths and quiet roads.

The route takes in part of a Roman salt road, a path used to carry salt from the coast to Lincoln, and a section of the long distance Viking Way. There are a number of good view points along the way, as well as water and chances for wildlife-spotting. There are pubs in Tetford and Belchford, but check opening times before setting out. Overall, allow around three hours to complete, excluding any picnic or bird spotting stops.

Start by the church in Fulletby (LN9 6JT). The village sits two miles to the north east of Horncastle and can be reached either via the A153 Louth Road or the A158 Skegness Road (via Greetham). Roadside parking is possible, but park considerately.

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Walk Sections

Start to Salmonby Lake

Start point: 53.2414 lat, -0.0561 long
End point: 53.2419 lat, -0.0216 long

Looking at the church, head up Paradise Lane to your right and turn left where it meets the High Street. On meeting a signpost and T-junction turn left again, past a caravan site, and after about twenty yards cross the road and pick up the footpath on the other side of the road to the right of the entrance to Glebe Farm.

Follow the footpath across the top of the field, with a good view of Hoe Hill to the right. Head downhill, over a series of stiles to the wooded Salmonby Carr. Follow the edge of a field and cross through a hedge, maintaining your direction. Half way along this field, there's a gap in the hedge and a kissing gate. Pass through this, crossing over a stream, following the footpath down to Salmonby Lake, where a variety of water birds can be seen, with Canada Geese dominating.

Salmonby Lake to Tetford

Start point: 53.2419 lat, -0.0216 long
End point: 53.2542 lat, -0.0075 long

Head to the top right of the field beside the lake and cross another, passing through a series of kissing gates, before coming to a track. Head right down this to a road, where you turn left, and then left again at the next junction, passing the edge of the hamlet of Salmonby.

Pick up the first footpath on the right after a couple of hundred yards and on reaching a road turn right and then, almost immediately, left, following a signed footpath. This brings you down to some further, smaller, lakes, with the path passing between them. There is a convenient bench here (past the pictured table) if it's time for a rest.

Bear left at the seat and over a bridge, bearing right, and stay with the path as it brings you into Tetford. On meeting a road bear left into the village and follow this until you reach a grass triangle at the top of the village.

Tetford to Oxcombe Road

Start point: 53.2542 lat, -0.0075 long
End point: 53.2633 lat, -0.0454 long

At the grass triangle you can divert to the right into Tetford where there is a small village shop and, further on, a friendly, rustic pub, the White Hart. Tetford is infamous for being the home of the Dymoke family, who since the time of Richard II have carried the hereditary, and presumably much coveted, title of 'Champions of England', that requires them to carry the Standard of England at coronations.

The walk turns left at the triangle however, and as the village begins to peter out and the road swings to the right, pick up the bridleway in front, known as Platts Lane. This is part of the Roman salt route mentioned in the introduction. The bridleway turns into a farm track and follows the edge of fields, with a slight dogleg in the middle, diverting to the right just before a farm, and then to the left, skirting the farm. This emerges onto the road into the farm where you head right and onto Oxcombe Road.

Oxcombe Road to Stream

Start point: 53.2633 lat, -0.0454 long
End point: 53.257 lat, -0.064 long

Turn left at Oxcombe Road, following a line of hawthorns, ash and sycamore, which brings you into the unfortunately named Belchford along public roads and pavements. Pass by the church of St Peter and St Paul, constructed from the distinctive local greenstone (better appreciated after rain) and opposite the Blue Bell Inn turn left into Dams Lane.

You are now on the Viking Way, a 147 mile long distance path linking Oakham in Rutland with the Humber. Towards the end of the lane head left through a kissing gate and at a track turn right and then through a gap in the hedge. Go along the edge of this field, keeping the hedge to your right, and then left. Bear left along the edge of the next field and at the corner by a telegraph pole turn right, following the boundary of the next field. Descend this to the stream.

Stream to End

Start point: 53.257 lat, -0.064 long
End point: 53.2414 lat, -0.0561 long

The rest of the route is clearly signposted as the Viking Way, with excellent views over open fields. Stick with the signposts until you end up going over two fields heading for the corner of the second, near a bungalow. This brings you out onto a road, where you head left and back to your starting point. Look out for the information sign just opposite where you emerged from the fields.

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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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