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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