Released: June 2014
Publisher: Bradwell Books
Size: 220 x 120mm
Author: Hugh Marrows
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Written by Hugh Marrows, Walks for all Ages Lincolnshire features 20 circular walks of up to 6 miles, suitable for all the family, that have been carefully chosen to deliver an enjoyable day or half day in the countryside.
Describing the local area at the start of each walk, the author then provides a detailed description of the walk with snippets of information as you go along.
Including Ordnance Survey mapping and superbly priced at just £4.99, Walks for all Ages - 20 Circular Walks in Lincolnshire is the perfect accompaniment for a stroll in the county.
02. Barton - on - Humber
04. Biscathorpe & Gayton le Wold
05. Boston & Anton’s Gowt
07. Frampton Marsh
08. Hagworthingham, Snipe Dales & Winceby
10. Heighington & Branston
11. Lincoln (Uphill)
12. South & North Rauceby
13. Tattershall & Coningsby
14. Tealby & Tealby Thorpe
15. Tetney Lock & Humber Bank
16. The Deepings
17. Thornton Abbey
18. Thurlby & Dole Wood
19. Well & Rigsby
20. Woolsthorpe & Stenwith
Welcome to “Walks for All Ages” in Lincolnshire. Its twenty walks have been specially chosen for family groups – the longest being a fraction over 6 miles and with several routes having both longer and shorter options. The choice of routes also attempts to introduce readers to the wide variety of scenery that makes up this large county – from north to south and from the coast to the hills of the Wolds.
Many have attractions along the way that will interest children including historic sites, museums and nature reserves etc The “Basics” panel accompanying each route will help you choose walks within your family’s abilities and you can always work up to longer ones as your experience develops. Note too that the “Start Point” information gives a postcode for satellite navigation users – although in a few cases, where this is in the open countryside, these may be only approximate.
Footwear should be strong and waterproof as there is inevitably uneven ground and there are short distances over arable land on some routes. Older walkers might like to consider using walking poles.
Readers should remember too that the countryside is a changing environment. The route guides are as accurate as we can make them but footpaths are sometimes re-routed and there can be changes where new stiles or kissing/bridle gates are set up. Also, nowadays some country pubs are unfortunately closing down (though occasionally some re-open again), so it’s wise to check before setting off if you are depending on them for refreshments.
The route guides and maps should get you round these walks without difficulty but I find that it is always advisable to have an Ordnance Survey map available if possible – the relevant Explorer sheet is best. These larger scale maps contain greater detail and may assist in locating the start points more easily. We have used grid references in the “Basics” panel too and the use of this helpful – even essential – map-reading skill is easily learnt as all OS maps give an explanatory example. It’s always useful to know where you are – to plan an alternative route in an emergency, for example!
Adults with pets or children with them should be mindful too of the hazards of roads (even quiet country lanes) and water features where these are present on the walks. You will almost certainly at some time find meadows with sheep and lambs or cattle in them – please take care when there are calves about – and this is one time when dogs must be on a leash or under very close control.
The given – perhaps we should say estimated – walk times are just that: estimates! Readers will know their own limitations best and some will be quicker than others. You will therefore still to need to allow additional time for any rests, picnics, pub meals, photography etc.
I must also express my thanks to those landlords of inns who have kindly consented to readers using their car parks as a starting point. Do show your appreciation by popping in – even if only for crisps and a drink.
And – last but not least – please always remember, and follow, the Country Code! Remember too that the countryside you are visiting is someone else’s home or workplace; so don’t spoil it for those who follow in your footsteps!