This pleasant 3.5 miles walk circles the attractive parishes of Goulceby and Asterby and take 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 until you reach the stile at the end of Shop Lane.
(1) Cross the stile and continue on the Viking Way, still keeping the stream on your right hand side until you reach Asterby Lane. If time permits take the opportunity to turn right and climb the steps to a reservoir which abounds with birdlife.
(2) Turn left and follow Asterby Lane towards St Peter's Church, Asterby. Extra care should be taken at this point as there is a blind bend and the road is narrow. Continue for about half a mile until you reach the Top Lane road junction and turn right onto the marked footpath towards Red Hill. Continue on this footpath until you reach the Red Hill Nature Reserve and SSSI Meadow.
Red Hill Nature Reserve - The Nature Reserve has something for everyone to see including an outcrop of rare red chalk, birds, butterflies, moths and flowers. Grazing is an important management tool for the reserve, so dogs are not allowed in.
(3) From the Nature Reserve follow the road down towards Goulceby until you reach the road junction at the bottom of the hill. Cross over the road, through a gate into Manor Farm yard.
(4) Follow the waymarkers through the yard and along the farm track, then after the gate follow the mature hedge. Continue on the track, through two kissing gates and passing a third until you reach a fourth gate which leads to an old graveyard, the site of the first Goulceby church. At the exit from the graveyard, turn left, joining the Viking Way and continue down this track until you meet the main road.
The Old Graveyard - This is known locally as the 'Viking' graveyard as it is considered to be the site of the first Goulceby settlement.
(5) Turn left if you wish to visit All Saints Church or cross the road and follow the footpath through the old village pinfold until you reach a kissing gate. Cross into the field and follow the left forking path until you reach the road.
(6) Turn right, passing over the bridge and return to the Three Horse Shoes car park.(D/A)
D/A : mi 0 - alt. mi 0 - Three Horse Shoes Pub
1 : mi 0.39 - alt. mi 0.39 - Viking Way
2 : mi 0.92 - alt. mi 0.92 - St Peter's Church
3 : mi 1.93 - alt. mi 1.93 - Red Hill Nature Reserve
4 : mi 2.45 - alt. mi 2.45 - The Old Graveyard
5 : mi 3.13 - alt. mi 3.13 - Pinfold
6 : mi 3.42 - alt. mi 3.42 - Bridge
D/A : mi 3.51 - alt. mi 3.51 - Three Horse Shoes Pub
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.
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
Hikideas and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.
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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