Following Woods and Mills - long version

This walk starts from Market Rasen and heads through fields and woods going high into the Wolds for some fine views towards Lincolns on a clear day. Arguable, Tealby is one of the prettiest villages in the Wolds; it is a good stopping point for a break or refreshments.

Technical sheet
No. 2494058
A Market Rasen walk posted on 28/08/19 by Lincolnshire Wolds. Update : 03/10/19
Calculated time Calculated time: 5h00[?]
Distance Distance : 10.22mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 427ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 404ft
Highest point Highest point : 482ft
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 53.386481° / W 0.33697°
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Lincolnshire Wolds

Description

(D/A) 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) Cross straight over the road to go down the footpath at the side of Waterloo House. Follow the path past the floodwater storage area.

(2) As you continue on this path, ahead of you is Hamilton Hill and Willingham Woods. The footpath continues straight across a field and through the wood.

Hamilton Hill was used as an assembly point by the people gathering for the Lincolnshire rebellion when Henry VIII was dissolving the monasteries. Its shape - a dome sitting on a flat plain - is a feature of the last ice age. The material that formed it was deposited by a melting glacier.

(3) Continue on the main footpath under the telegraph poles. Continue ahead until you meet the Rasen Road.

(4) Cross the road then turn left; where the road bends to the left, go straight up the bridleway.

(5) Walk between the farmyard and house and follow the track. Cross Catskin Lane and continue over the cattle grids towards the houses.

(6) Go through Risby Manor farmyard and follow the track to the road.

(7) At the road turn right, and then turn right again down the track to North Wold Farm.

(8) Go left around the buildings, go through a gate, stay on the footpath to cross several fields.

From the top of the hill, you may be able to see Lincoln Cathedral.

(9) Go through the gate by Mill Farm and down the track into Tealby.

The church of All Saints sits almost at the highest point of the village. Part of the church dates from the 12th century. The close connection between Tealby and the Tennyson and Tennyson d'Eyncourt families is reflected in much of the interior decoration, with numerous memorials to family members.

(10) At the road turn right, and cross the road at the end. Turn left down the footpath next to the Lincolnshire Wolds board.

Continue ahead, until you reach the King's Head sign. Follow Sandy Lane to the right, then bear left at the 'Y' junction.

Tealby village shop, just on Beck Hill along Front Street, is run by the local community and is well worth a visit for refreshments, leaflets and local information.

(11) Turn right along the footpath by the stream. Go over the bridge and follow the young River Rase. Continue past the sewage works.

(12) Where there are 2 stiles, continue ahead to the hamlet of Tealby Thorpe.

(13) Turn left, then cross the bridge over the Rase and turn right. Follow the footpath to Dairy Farm. At the farm, the path crosses to the left of the buildings.

(14) Turn left onto the main forest track, and turn right onto another track towards the buildings.

(15) Stay on the track, past the buildings on your left and cottage on your right. Continue straight ahead as the track becomes a narrow woodland path

(16) At the junction where 5 paths meet under telegraph poles, turn left under the telegraph poles. Where the poles go sharp right, follow the path left.

(17) Retrace your steps back to Market Rasen.(D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. mi 0 - John Street car park
1 : mi 0.58 - alt. mi 0.58
2 : mi 1.01 - alt. mi 1.01 - Hamilton Hill
3 : mi 1.7 - alt. mi 1.7
4 : mi 2.31 - alt. mi 2.31
5 : mi 2.63 - alt. mi 2.63
6 : mi 3.61 - alt. mi 3.61 - Risby Manor Farm
7 : mi 4.23 - alt. mi 4.23
8 : mi 4.59 - alt. mi 4.59
9 : mi 5.25 - alt. mi 5.25 - Mill Farm
10 : mi 5.4 - alt. mi 5.4
11 : mi 5.89 - alt. mi 5.89
12 : mi 6.2 - alt. mi 6.2 - Tealby Thorpe
13 : mi 6.32 - alt. mi 6.32
14 : mi 7.51 - alt. mi 7.51
15 : mi 8.38 - alt. mi 8.38
16 : mi 8.56 - alt. mi 8.56
17 : mi 8.88 - alt. mi 8.88
D/A : mi 10.22 - alt. mi 10.22

Useful Information

Maps: OS Landranger 112 & 113, OS Pathfinder 730 & 747, OS Explorer 281 & 282

Parking: Car park in John Street, Market Rasen Map Ref: TF108 891 Post Code LN8 3HH

Terrain: Good footpaths and bridleways which can be very muddy at times. Some verge and road walking. All on level ground.

Refreshments: Cafes and pubs in Market Rasen. Tealby Community Shop, The King's Head Tealby, The Olde Barn Inn Tealby, Sunnyside Up Farm Shop and Cafe.

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

Tealby There were once 15 mills on the River Rase plus the sites of 3 more. The river had a major influence on the village for 800 years, firstly for grinding corn and then from the 17th century until about 1830, for paper making. The chief raw material for making paper was cotton or linen rags imported from Europe.

The church of All Saints is a listed building, parts of which date back to the late Norman period. The church is built of local Tealby Limestone and there are many features to link it to the Tennyson family, including memorials to George and Mary who were the grandparents of Alfred Lord Tennyson, the Poet Laureate. Alfred used to walk across the Wolds from his home in Somersby to Tealby - quite an energetic walk! George Tennyson lived at the original thatched Bayons Manor until 1833, two years before his death. It passed to his second son, Charles Tennyson d'Eyncourt. Charles proceeded to spend seven years remodelling the old manor house into a 60 roomed moated and castellated mansion. It was used by troops during the war and sold in 1944. After many years of neglect, it was blown up in 1964. Within 120 years the house had been built, expanded and destroyed.

Employment of Tealby villagers has changed over the years - in 1851 there were 13 tailors, 8 shoemakers, 6 blacksmiths and even a brickmaker resident in the village.

Many people think frogs spend much of their time in the water. In fact, they spend most of their time on land, especially in the summer, looking for slugs and insects to eat.

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