This walk links the villages of Fulletby, Tetford and Belchford and the hamlet of Salmonby. It is a walk with great variety - woods, fields, lakes and fine views.
The route takes in a section of the Viking Way long distance footpath and, for a while, follows the course of a Roman Road.
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.
The route is waymarked with an alder leaf symbol.
(D/A) Start the walk on the edge of Fulletby, at the ‘T’ junction of the High Street and Belchford Road. Take the footpath in the corner of the field going downhill.
(1) Cross the field to Salmonby Carr. ‘Carr’ is an old Norse word derived from ‘kjaar’ - a marsh. Alders flourish in such boggy locations where few other trees will grow.
(2) After Salmonby Carr, the path eventually cuts through the hedge and kissing gate towards Salmonby Lake. A variety of water birds can be seen throughout the year here, including mute swans, Canada geese, moorhens, coots and ducks.
Follow the path towards the lake and cross the stream. Go to the left of the wood, then cross the field, with the wood on your right. Leave this field in the right hand corner and cross another, before turning left down a driveway.
(3) Turn left at the road, and left again at the next junction.
(4) Take the first footpath on the right. Turn right at the road, then left along the footpath. Walk along the edge of the field to the lakes.
(5) Follow the path between the lakes bearing left before turning right over a bridge. You may just be lucky enough to see the brilliant flash of blue as a kingfisher whizzes by. Continue into Tetford. If you need refreshments, Tetford has an inn, The White Hart. The Dymoke family are connected with the village and church. They have been the hereditary ‘champions of England’ from the time of Richard II and carry the ‘Standard of England’ at coronations.
(6) Follow the road left and continue to the outskirts of the village. Where the road turns sharp right, go straight ahead on the bridleway. The bridleway, Platts Lane, is part of a Roman ‘salt road’ - one of a number linking the east coast salt producing area, with Lincoln. Salt was of major importance to the Romans for preserving meat, fish and beans. Continue as the bridleway turns right along a farm road.
(7) When you reach a public road, turn left and continue to Belchford.
(8) South of Oxcombe Road is a classic ‘English’ hedgerow. The hawthorns have been laid, and there are mature ash and sycamore trees every 15 metres.
(9) The glauconite in the Spilsby sandstone has weathered the church of St Peter and St Paul to the typical green colour – hence the local name of ‘greenstone’.
In Belchford, opposite the Blue Bell Inn, turn left into Dams Lane. Turn left down the footpath, following the Viking Way, to cross the stream and follow its bank. The Viking Way is a 147 miles long distance footpath running from the Humber to Oakham in Rutland.
Go left through the gate and follow the path, going through another gate. At a track, turn right and then left through a gap in the hedge. Continue along the edge of the next field, with the hedge on your right then left.
(10) Bear left along the edge of the next field. At the corner of the field near the telegraph pole, turn right along the field boundary.
(11) Descend the next small field to cross the stream at the bottom. Go straight across the next two fields heading for the corner of the second, near the bungalow.
(12) At the road, turn left. Leave the Viking Way and continue straight up the hill to High Street. Turn left and return to the start.(D/A)
D/A : mi 0 - alt. mi 0
1 : mi 0.84 - alt. mi 0.84 - Salmonby Carr
2 : mi 1.21 - alt. mi 1.21
3 : mi 1.46 - alt. mi 1.46
4 : mi 1.84 - alt. mi 1.84 - Lakes
5 : mi 2.42 - alt. mi 2.42
6 : mi 2.94 - alt. mi 2.94 - Platts Lane
7 : mi 4.78 - alt. mi 4.78
8 : mi 5.11 - alt. mi 5.11 - English Hedgerow
9 : mi 5.53 - alt. mi 5.53
10 : mi 5.82 - alt. mi 5.82
11 : mi 6.67 - alt. mi 6.67
12 : mi 7.14 - alt. mi 7.14
D/A : mi 7.45 - alt. mi 7.45
Maps: OS Explorer Map 273
Parking: Considerate parking in the village.
Terrain: A mixture of grassy paths and tracks - may be muddy in places.
Stiles: A few.
Refreshments & Toilets: Pub in Tetford and Belchford.
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.
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Lincolnshire Wolds Countryside Service
Lincs LN11 0DA
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