A Route with a View

This walk starts from Market Rasen heading for Walesby, mainly along roads and quiet lanes, allowing the chance to explore All Saints Church, Walesby, affectionately known as the ‘Ramblers’ Church’ as well as offering dramatic views across Lincolnshire.

Technical sheet
No. 2322343
A Market Rasen walk posted on 26/07/19 by Lincolnshire Wolds. Update : 07/11/19
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h40[?]
Distance Distance : 7.39mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 322ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 302ft
Highest point Highest point : 387ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 85ft
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Market Rasen
Starting point Starting point : N 53.386545° / W 0.337785°
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Lincolnshire Wolds

Description

(D/A) Start in the car park in John Street, Market Rasen. Leave the car park by the John Street entrance and turn right.

At the end, cross the main road into the Market Place. Go into the churchyard and follow the path to the left. Turn right at the road and then first left into Church Street. At the T-junction, turn left and continue to the end.

(1) Turn left into Walesby Road.

(2) Stay on this road and then turn left into Walesby Road (which later becomes Rasen Road).

(3) Carry straight on to Walesby village. You pass Catskin Lane on the right.

(4) The Ramblers' Church comes into view on the horizon. Pass St Mary's Church and at the corner go straight on up the track to the old church.

(5) At the church, the path goes through the gates into the churchyard. Leave the churchyard through the gate opposite the church doorway and turn left. Follow the edge of the field towards a stile in the corner.

This is the well known Ramblers' Church. Inside the church there are many faces watching you - see the carved faces on a pillar near the door - there are a few others elsewhere in the building!

(6) Cross a few fields following the Viking Way. Do take care, as parts of this path can be muddy.

You may see some more lumps in the ground - these are not archaeological features but anthills. If you are lucky you may get a glimpse of a green woodpecker that eats the meadow ants living in the anthills.

(7) Continue along the path to the right of some buildings, to the driveway of Risby Manor Farm.

Turn right onto the track. Cross the road and continue on the bridleway opposite.

(8) Bear left through the farmyard.

(9) At the main road, turn left. Where the road turns sharp left, turn right onto the footpath through the woods to return to Market Rasen.(D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. mi 0 - John Street car park
1 : mi 0.5 - alt. mi 0.5
2 : mi 1.01 - alt. mi 1.01
3 : mi 2.93 - alt. mi 2.93 - Walesby
4 : mi 3.04 - alt. mi 3.04 - Ramblers' Church
5 : mi 3.41 - alt. mi 3.41
6 : mi 3.77 - alt. mi 3.77 - Viking Way
7 : mi 3.93 - alt. mi 3.93 - Risby Manor Farm
8 : mi 4.83 - alt. mi 4.83
9 : mi 5.04 - alt. mi 5.04
D/A : mi 7.39 - alt. mi 7.39

Useful Information

Maps: OS Landranger 113 OS Pathfinder 730 & 747 OS Explorer 282

Parking: Car park in John Street, Market Rasen Map Ref: TF108 891

Terrain: Good footpaths, and bridleways which can be very muddy at times. Some verge walking. One steep descent and ascent.

Refreshments: Cafes and pubs in Market Rasen.

Toilets: John Street, Market Rasen

Stiles: Some. Many are stockproof and therefore may be difficult for some dogs.

The Lincolnshire Wolds is a nationally important and cherished landscape. Most of it was designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1973. Covering an area of 558 square kilometres or 216 square miles, the AONB contains the highest ground in eastern England between Yorkshire and Kent, rising to over 150m along its western edge. Rolling chalk hills and areas of sandstone and clay underlie this attractive landscape.

The Lincolnshire Wolds has been inhabited since prehistoric times and the appearance of the countryside today has been greatly influenced by past and present agricultural practices.

A Countryside Service helps to protect and enhance the landscape through partnership projects with local landowners, farmers, parish councils, businesses and residents of the Wolds.

Office Address :
Lincolnshire Wolds Countryside Service
Navigation Warehouse
Riverhead Road
Louth
Lincs LN11 0DA

Phone: 01522 555780 Twitter: @LincsWoldsAONB

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

Unusually for such a small village, Walesby has two churches. The older, All Saints (the 'Ramblers' Church) stands dramatically alone on a hilltop that is steeped in history.

Nearby was a large Roman villa, home of an early Christian congregation whose 4th century font was discovered in a field in 1959. In 1990 a number of 6th century pagan Saxon burials were discovered in the vicinity and it is thought that the hilltop became a Viking meeting place.

By the 19th century, the centre of the village was down the hill and the climb up to the church was bleak and difficult. All Saints' ceased to be the parish church in 1924. The old church fell into disrepair and was replaced, at first by a temporary building in the village and then by St Mary's in the centre of Walesby.

The building of St Mary's was started in 1913 and owes its existence to the efforts of the Rector, Percival Laurence who died on the day work commenced.

All Saints' was rescued in the 1930s and restored. It is still used for special services - a Ramblers' Service in the summer and Carols by Candlelight at Christmas.

This walk offers some of the best views in Lincolnshire across the Trent Valley towards Nottingham in the west, towards Lincoln in the south and the steelworks in Scunthorpe to the northwest.

The kestrel is Britain's most widespread bird of prey. Silently it hovers until it drops onto its kill. Small mammals make up its staple diet.

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