Circular walk starting from Kneesall & including Laxton, Nottinghamshire.

A Kneesall walk posted on 01/11/18 by RichardofYork. Update : 20/11/18

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

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h35[?]
Distance Distance : 7.38mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 259ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 243ft
Highest point Highest point : 344ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 148ft
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Kneesall
Starting point Starting point : N 53.170454° / W 0.947063°
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Strip Field St Michael's Church, Laxton

Description

(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)

Waypoints :
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

Useful Information

The Dovecote Inn, Laxton NG22 0SX, serves excellent lunches.

Hikideas 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

  • A small deviation north from the map route near Laxton Common will take you to a Trig point on Golden Hill. Enjoy the stunning views from this vantage point.
  • There is a Visitor's Centre next to the Dovecote Inn which explains the Medieval strip farming system. This is open from 9:00am each day. A DVD film (£2) provides additional insight and history.
  • The Motte & Bailey earthworks are all that remain of Luxton castle but worth a visit. On a clear day you should be able to see Lincoln Cathedral, 20 miles away.
  • Have lunch in the Dovecote Inn. Excellent food and choice of beers. It might be advisable to book ahead if you are a large party.
  • The village of Laxton is protected and managed by the Crown Estate in conjunction with a medieval Court Leek and more recently the Countryside Commission. But it is now up for sale - only £7 million!
  • St Michael's church, Laxton dates back to the 12th Century.

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