This pleasant 3 mile walk circles the attractive parishes of Goulceby and Asterby and takes you through gentle farmland, quiet lanes and along part of the Viking Way, offering stunning views over the Lincolnshire Wolds.
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/A) On leaving the Three Horse Shoes car park head across the bridge and turn first right onto the Viking Way. Keeping the stream on your right hand side continue along Butt Lane, turn right into Shop Lane and continue to the public footpath heading straight on at the end of Shop Lane. Continue on the Viking Way, still keeping the stream on your right hand side. Cross the tarmac drive and continue until you reach Asterby Lane. If time permits take the opportunity to turn right and climb the steps to a reservoir which abounds with bird life.
(1) Turn right and follow Asterby Lane until you reach the Ranyards Lane road junction.
(2) Turn left towards Horncastle and cross the road. In about fifty yards turn right onto the signposted bridleway.
(3) Follow this ancient track, stopping frequently to take advantage of the outstanding views. After passing farm buildings on your left continue until you reach the Horncastle Road.
(4) Turn right and follow the road towards Goulceby village stopping at the Ranyard Lane junction to enjoy fine views over the Wolds.
(5) Follow the road as it bends left until you reach the first left turn into Shoe Lane returning to the Three Horse Shoes car park.(D/A)
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 197ft - Three Horse Shoes Pub
1 : mi 0.88 - alt. 200ft - Asterby Lane
2 : mi 1.23 - alt. 279ft - Bridleway
3 : mi 1.53 - alt. 361ft
4 : mi 1.91 - alt. 371ft - Ancient track with fine views
5 : mi 2.82 - alt. 200ft - Towards Goulceby
D/A : mi 2.94 - alt. 194ft - Shoe Lane
Maps: OS Explorer 273 and 282
Parking: Parking in the car park of the Three Horse Shoes Public House (by kind permission of the landlord)
OS Grid Ref: TF 253, Postcode: LN11 9WA
Terrain: Some verge walking, good footpaths and bridleways but these can be muddy at times. Mainly level walking however the route includes one steep incline.
Refreshments: Refreshments and groceries are available at the Three Horseshoes Public House.
Stiles: A few. Some are stock proof and therefore may be difficult for 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
Lincs LN11 0DA
Phone: 01522 555780 Twitter: @LincsWoldsAONB
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Kolkr - 'Colchesbi' or Goulceby derives its name from the first major settler in the area, Kolkr the Dane. As the settlement expanded his 'Eystri' or eastern lands became know as Asterby.
William Marwood (1818 - 1883) - William Marwood was born in Goulceby where he attended the village school and married. In 1874 he was appointed the Crown Executioner, becoming famous for pioneering 'the long drop', a method of hanging that ensured death was instantaneous. He was pre-deceased by his older brother, also called William, whose grave can be found in the old graveyard.
St Peters Church, Asterby - The Grade II* listed St Peters Church is now closed to the public having been declared redundant in 1983. The present church building retains many C14th and late C15th masonry features which are still visible from the churchyard.
All Saints Church, Goulceby - All Saints church was completed in 1905 to replace the first church that had become derelict. Always open, a visit will reveal why it came to national prominence in 1925 under the newspaper headline '15 years married but still unwed'.
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