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The second volume in the Lincolnshire ‘Walks’ series sees author Hugh Marrows bring together twenty walks that are in some way particularly attractive at certain times of the year – or suitable for year-round outings.
In some cases, the walks in this second volume are slightly longer than those featured in ‘Walks for all Ages’. The majority, however, remain suitable for family groups or the ‘occasional’ rambler with distances ranging from a mere 1½ miles to the longest of 8¾ miles. And some of the longer routes also offer shorter options!
Hugh introduces readers to as wide a variety of scenery and places of interest as possible by encompassing a broad range of locations; from north to south, from the fenland coast to the hills of the Wolds and the vales to the west.
Describing the local area at the start of each walk, Hugh then provides a detailed description of the walk with snippets of information as you go along.
Including Ordnance Survey mapping and useful pre-walk information, Walks for all Season - 20 Circular Walks in Lincolnshire is a wonderful follow up to Hugh’s first book and is superbly priced at just £5.99.
01. Alvingham 4¼ miles
02. Barton & Barrow - on - Humber 8 miles
03. Binbrook 6½ miles
04. Caistor 3½ miles
05. Castle Bytham 1½ miles
06. Donington 7 miles
07. Fiskerton 4½ miles
08. Fosdyke 6½ miles
09. Freiston Shore 3½ or 5½ miles
10. Fulletby 2¾ or 3½ miles
11. Marston & Hougham 6½ miles
12. Minting 7½ or 8¾ miles
13. Newton 4½, 5¾ or 6½ miles
14. Normanby - le - Wold 4¼ miles
15. Skillington 5¾ miles
16. Tealby & Risby 4 or 5¼ miles
17. Wainfleet 5¾ miles
18. Welbourne 2¾ miles
19. Whisby, Thorpe Tunman Wood 4¼ miles
20. Woodhall Spa 4¾ miles
Welcome to ‘Walks for All Seasons’ in Lincolnshire! For my second volume with them Bradwell Books have invited me to choose walks that are in some way particularly attractive at certain times of the year – or suitable for year-round outings; hence our title! These twenty walks therefore have been carefully chosen with that brief in mind.
They do indeed show their best side at certain seasons of the year, so see the ‘Basics’ panel for individual route guidance. I must, however, stress that all are interesting throughout the year and will, I hope, encourage exploration of Lincolnshire’s countryside in all seasons. We are this time being a little more adventurous by including a few slightly longer routes compared with those in our previous ‘Walks For All Ages’ volume. The majority, however, remain suitable for family groups or the ‘occasional’ rambler with distances ranging from a mere 1½ miles to the longest of 8¾ miles. And some of the longer routes also offer shorter options!
My choice again attempts to introduce readers to as wide a variety of scenery and places of interest as possible by encompassing a broad range of locations; from north to south, from the fenland coast to the hills of the Wolds and the vales to the west.
The ‘Basics’ panel accompanying each route will help you choose walks within your (or your family’s) abilities and you can work up to the longer outings as experience develops. Note too that where possible the ‘Start Point’ information gives a postcode for satellite navigation users – though in a few cases, where this is in open countryside, these may be only approximate.
Readers should bear in mind too that the countryside is a changing environment. The route guides and maps are as accurate as we can make them but footpaths do occasionally get re-routed and other changes may occur where new stiles or kissing/bridle gates are set up. Strong, waterproof footwear is advisable as inevitably some routes encounter uneven ground and/or short distances over arable land, not to mention some seasonal mud. Also an unfortunate sign of the times is that some country pubs are closing – although encouragingly a few sometimes re-open again! Nevertheless it’s wise to check if you are relying on them for refreshments. Our route guides and maps should get you round all these walks without difficulty but I always recommend having an Ordnance Survey map to hand – if possible the relevant Explorer sheet. 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 this helpful – even essential – map-reading skill is easily learnt since all OS maps give an explanatory example. Remember it’s always sensible to know just where you are – for example to plan an alternative route in an emergency!
The times given – perhaps we should say estimated – to complete each walk are just that: estimates! Readers know their own abilities best and will need to allow additional time for rests, picnics, pub meals, photography etc. Those who have pets or children accompanying them should be mindful too of the hazards that roads (even quiet country lanes) and water features can present. I must again express my thanks the landlords of inns, each of whom I have personally contacted, who have kindly consented to readers using their car parks as a starting point. Do show your appreciation by giving them some custom before or after your walk.
And last but not least . . .
Please remember, and follow, the Countryside Code! Amongst other things this gives guidance on dogs in the countryside. Some of my walks are on, or cross, nature reserves where dogs may, for obvious reasons, be unwelcome. Some of the other routes have sections where well-behaved dogs could be let off the lead at the discretion of their owners. Be especially careful when near livestock – particularly if they have young.
Remember too that the countryside is someone else’s home or workplace and provides their livelihood; don’t be the one to spoil it for those following in your footsteps!
Released: March 2015
Publisher: Bradwell Books
Size: 220 x 120mm
Author: Hugh Marrows