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. 289ft - School Lane car park
1 : mi 0.16 - alt. 305ft - Turn left into Ossington Road
2 : mi 0.76 - alt. 292ft - Pass under high-tension power line
3 : mi 2.07 - alt. 305ft - Enter wood near Laxton Common
4 : mi 2.47 - alt. 335ft - Head NE on path to Kirton Wood
5 : mi 3.52 - alt. 207ft - Turn right at wood
6 : mi 4.1 - alt. 233ft - Motte earthworks
7 : mi 4.86 - alt. 203ft - Take Main Street south through the village
8 : mi 5.26 - alt. 148ft - Turn west along wooded track
9 : mi 5.82 - alt. 262ft - Head South towards Kneesall
D/A : mi 7.38 - alt. 285ft - School Lane car park
The Dovecote Inn, Laxton NG22 0SX, serves excellent lunches.
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Global average : 3.22/5
Number of opinions : 3
Description quality : 2/5
Routemap quality : 3.67/5
Walk interest : 4/5
Global average : 5 / 5
Date of walk
Description quality : N/A
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good
I think some of the previous comments were a little harsh! The descriptions for the route are rather brief and looking at them retrospectively, lacking a little detail...but I have to say ‘retrospectively‘ because I walked the route using the map alone.
The first third of the walk is very straightforward, mostly on a metalled bridleway and then on very well waymarked paths and the woods at CP3 were a welcome relief out of the blazing sun for a few minutes. A nice countryside amble with some lovely views.
The second third is where the problems were! Once over the road and at CP4 the path fizzled out thanks to the plow. I’ve checked with the footpaths officer for my area before, who said that farmers can plow footpaths, provided they are waymarked...this one is not! The first bit, to the woodland is an obvious guess and once at the other side of the wood, the next waymarker can finally be seen.
From here, things were a bit of a mix. Some fields have had a herbicide sprayed along the line of the path, making it perfectly clear where to go...”follow the yellow dead path” I thought to myself, paraphrasing the Wizard of Oz! But when getting to field boundaries, the stiles were untreated and overgrown, making it difficult to battle through...especially when wearing shorts and trying to avoid getting stung! The path down into the valley was also getting difficult to follow, due to summer growth and a lack of feet passing through.
Eventually we approached CP5 where I came across a dodgy looking stile, a few hundred metres before the checkpoint. There was no option but to go for it, but I wish I hadn’t stood on the downward side! As I stepped down the whole thing collapsed and twisted, but I fortunately managed to keep hold of the upright post and save myself falling backward...although I twisted my hip quite badly and a spike of wire trapped my shoe and as I stepped down, so I nearly fell backward a second time.
At CP5 there’s another stile to the left, where there’s a deep gulley that had a little stream, so time for the dog to have a paddle and cool down a bit.
Heading up to Laxton the paths were again, a mix. Some nice and clear, some none existent! I have a GPS walking app that keeps me on the path, which was essential when walking across a freshly mown hay field with no idea where the path was, as the farmer staring at me from his tractor while turning the hay.
At the top of the path at Laxton everything just seemed to fizzle out...no waymarkers, no footprints, no gaps in hedges...nothing! I found myself in a cow field and thought there was a gap in one corner, so headed for the gap only to find it was just 2 posts close together. The cows had blocked me and the dog in the field so I headed for the gate instead...a few loud shouts at the cows kept them at bay.
Once through the gate it was a quiet walk through the lovely village and another break at the bench near the church,..we’re still in COVID lockdown, so sadly no pub visit...would have killed for a pint on this hot afternoon!
The final third was very straightforward...down the road, take the right fork then the bridleway on the right. I few hundred metres up the bridleway a fox cub came out of the woods and stood on the path staring at me for a few seconds, before diving back into the undergrowth. A short stretch of woods then back onto well marked pastoral paths up to CP9.
Some lovely views here and an oddly placed information board about the field system in the area. Turn left and head for Kneesall for the final drag on a quiet, well trodden track.
If the paths and stiles were all in good condition and well kept this would be a cracking walk...and an open pub would help. Some stunning views, lovely villages, quiet paths...only thing missing was proper water for the dog to have a swim.
Thanks to the creator for posting.
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).
A wonderful walk, beautiful views, the village of Laxton was beautiful and very interesting. The pub was a real treat too. I didn't eat but food looked great. You will not be disappointed.
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