This circular walk of 7.3 miles starts & ends at the carpark behind St Bartholomew's Church, Kneesall NG22 0AD. It includes pasture and crop fields, and some woodland. Fine elevated views can be seen of the undulating countryside, especially near the Golden Hill trig point. Interesting features include the village of Laxton - the last village in the UK to farm using a medieval strip system. Nearby are Motte & Bailey earthworks. T
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D) Start from the carpark on School Lane, Kneesall, NG22 0AD from its eastern end. Head North until you reach the first Way-Marker.
(1) Turn left into Ossington Road, follow this road and then right into Baulk Lane. Head North passing under the high tension power line. (2)
(3) Enter the wood near Laxton Common for a short distance. Follow the footpath out of the wood, then cross over Acre Edge Road to continue on the footpath. Take the track up to the Trig point if you want a spectacular elevated view.
(4) Otherwise head NE on the footpath to Kirton Wood.
(5) On reaching the wood, turn right and follow the way-markers to the SE.
(6) Laxton village and the Motte earthworks should come into view on the horizon. There are several stiles on approaching the village.
(7) After lunch in the pub, walk south along the road to the next waymarker on the right. Ignore Eel Lane on the right unless you want to visit the medieval Fish Ponds.
(8) At the next waymarker on the right turn off the road and follow a narrow wooded track going westward and up to Mill Field.
(9) Then head South to return to Kneesall. WayPoints are clearly visible on this return stretch. (A)
D/A : mi 0 - alt. mi 0 - School Lane car park
1 : mi 0.16 - alt. mi 0.16 - Turn left into Ossington Road
2 : mi 0.76 - alt. mi 0.76 - Pass under high-tension power line
3 : mi 2.07 - alt. mi 2.07 - Enter wood near Laxton Common
4 : mi 2.47 - alt. mi 2.47 - Head NE on path to Kirton Wood
5 : mi 3.52 - alt. mi 3.52 - Turn right at wood
6 : mi 4.1 - alt. mi 4.1 - Motte earthworks
7 : mi 4.86 - alt. mi 4.86 - Take Main Street south through the village
8 : mi 5.26 - alt. mi 5.26 - Turn west along wooded track
9 : mi 5.82 - alt. mi 5.82 - Head South towards Kneesall
D/A : mi 7.38 - alt. mi 7.38 - School Lane car park
The Dovecote Inn, Laxton NG22 0SX, serves excellent lunches.
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Global average : 2.83/5
Number of opinions : 2
Description quality : 2/5
Routemap quality : 3/5
Walk interest : 3.5/5
Thank you for the feedback. Apologies for disappointing description. The problem of farmers planting rapeseed over Public Footpaths is common and very annoying. I always report such problems to the county Footpath Inspector. They do their best to follow-up (letters to farmer etc) but staff resources and budgets are severely limited. I would urge you to report such cases including broken stiles or bridges.
1. You are absolutely right about the electric fence across the stile near Laxton. It is illegal and I reported it at the time. 3 of my group were electrocuted. The Inspector did contact the farmer. Clearly no action was taken. Please report it again. (Just Google NCC Footpath Inspector for contact details).
2. I'm afraid cows in fields are unavoidable. Farmers have a business to run and the Countryside Act permits them to put cows in fields with their calves even if there is a Public Right of Way. Nothing we can do about this. Suggest you carry a walking stick and keep an eye on field exits?
Global average : 2.33 / 5
Date of walk
Description quality : Disappointing
Routemap quality : Disappointing
Walk interest : Average
We tried this walk as it was described as easy. The route map is not very clear but the real problem was the lack of paths thanks to farmers sowing crops over them. It was a struggle to get through the rape plants and chest high overgrown paths. The worst bits were as we came towards Laxton. There is a small wooden bridge which gave way and as we came to the last field before entering the village we had to detour due to
1 an electric fence covering all access to the stile, i always thought this was illegal.
2 the field being full of cows with young which is a dangerous situation.
So not very successful and to be honest the worst walk I have done in over 40 years !
Global average : 3.33 / 5
Date of walk
Description quality : Disappointing
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good
You need to follow the map carefully. The route description leaves a little to be desired especially for a novice like me. When Leaving Laxton stay on the main road out of the village and head for the tree lined path off to the right(about 200 yards round the bend).
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