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|Belchford and Fulletby Walk|
|Author: blackcoffee, Published: 17 Nov 2012||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A circular walk of 4 miles around the two villages of Belchford and Fulletby which includes stretches of the Viking Way, across the Lincolnshire Wolds. The walk crosses meadows and wolds and includes some mild climbs which on a clear day can provide distant views of Lincoln Cathedral. The Blue Bell Inn at Belchford provides a good start point and refreshments at the end of the walk whilst Fulletby has several interesting buildings and a notable history. There are several kissing gates and a couple of stiles to negotiate as well as some muddy areas after wet weather.|
Belchford is situated 8 miles south of Louth just east of the A153. Take the A153 south from Louth and watch for the sign to Belchford on your left.
|Start to Public Bridleway|
Start point: 53.2606 lat, -0.0639 long
From the Blue Bell Inn turn right up the hill and along the road for approx 800 metres passing Bracknell Cottage and East Farm. Watch out for the Public Bridle path on the left. Note the route is clearly marked with Skylark way markers.
|Public Bridleway to Footbridge|
Start point: 53.2603 lat, -0.0821 long
Go through the gate and walk down the edge of the field with the hedgerow on your right. The path is straight for a start and gently falls towards the valley below. The path forks as it steepens and you need to keep to the left one which drops down to a large Ash tree and the footbridge.
|Footbridge to Road|
Start point: 53.2513 lat, -0.0772 long
Cross the footbridge over the River Waring (a small stream) and watch out for signs of tawny owls, which use the Ash tree on the left as a roost. Climb the hill with the hedgerow now on your left and follow the well marked path. Pass through a pair of old gate posts with a blue arrow marker. Cross the field to the top of the hillside with conifers on your left, crossing diagonally to a gate marked with a Skylark. The path eventually becomes a farm track which will then lead you to the road.
|Road to Fulletby Church|
Start point: 53.2417 lat, -0.0643 long
Turn left at the road which forms part of the Viking Way. On entering Fulletby turn left down Mill Lane which is directly after the garage. Turn right down Church Street.
|Church to Signpost|
Start point: 53.2414 lat, -0.0565 long
Winn Cottage can be seen on your right. Henry Winn (1816-1914) was parish clerk for 76 years and is noted in the Guinness Book of Records. He also held various posts in the village including church warden, overseer of the poor, constable, school teacher and collector of taxes which no doubt made him popular. He had 21 children but only 4 survived to adulthood.
|Signpost to End|
Start point: 53.2499 lat, -0.0578 long
The path drops down the hillside eventually giving views of Belchford in the distance. At the bottom of the hill turn right along a short farm track and turn left before the farm gate along the path parked with both the Viking Way and Skylark markers. The path has a wire fence to the right and leads to a stream. Turn right and then immediately left over the bridge. Follow the path and go through the kissing gate to join Doms Lane. Turn right along the lane to return to the centre of Belchford village.
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Lovely scenic walk, some quite wet muddy parts this time of the year but thoroughly enjoyable.
|By AuntySpeccy on 02 Jan 2016|
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