To Legsby & Linwood and back again

This walk starts from Market Rasen and heads through fields over the Coversands; soils which are very deep but which dry out quickly and are subject to wind erosion.

Technical sheet
A Market Rasen walk posted on 26/07/19 by Lincolnshire Wolds. Update : 23/08/19
Calculated time Calculated time: 1h40[?]
Distance Distance : 3.58mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 43ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 43ft
Highest point Highest point : 135ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 92ft
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Market Rasen
Starting point Starting point : N 53.38618° / W 0.336442°
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Description

(D/A) Start in the car park in John Street, Market Rasen. Leave the car park by the John Street entrance and turn left.

Turn left again into Chapel Street, pass the magnificent lonic column frontage of the Methodist Church and go under the railway bridge.

Cross over Linwood Road into Serpentine Street and turn right into a narrow passage immediately after Maltings Court.

Go straight on at the end of a cul-de-sac into a footpath passage opposite. Cross over the street to the next waymarker, into the footpath opposite, keep straight on.

(1) Continue straight on, keeping the cemetery on your left, until you reach Legsby Road. Turn right at the road, walking out of the town.

(2) Just past "The Ridings" housing estate on the right-hand side, take the footpath between the bungalows at the waymarker.

At the end of the gardens, cross diagonally left over two fields then go left to a gate.

Follow the hedge line, before following the arrow sign on the post, diagonally right across the field to Woodhill Farm.

(3) At the farm entrance, go through a gate and follow the direction arrows. At the corner go diagonally right and aim for the marker post near a tree at the end of a hedge.

Continue on the same direction, crossing the next field to the hedge.

(4) At the four-way marker post on Willingham Lane byway turn left and follow the byway, turn left again at the T junction into Crab Apple Lane.

(5) Turn left onto Legsby Road, opposite Market Rasen Golf Course. Return to Market Rasen keeping to the grass verge and footway. (D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. mi 0 - John Street Car Park
1 : mi 0.36 - alt. mi 0.36 - Legsby Road
2 : mi 0.64 - alt. mi 0.64 - The Ridings
3 : mi 1.22 - alt. mi 1.22 - Woodhill Farm
4 : mi 1.62 - alt. mi 1.62 - Four Way Marker Post
5 : mi 2.03 - alt. mi 2.03 - Legsby Road
D/A : mi 3.58 - alt. mi 3.58 - John Street Car Park

Useful Information

Maps: OS Explorer Map 282

Parking: Car park in John Street, Market Rasen - Grid ref: TF 108 891 Postcode LN8 3HH.

Terrain: A mixture of footpaths, byways and fields - can be very muddy at times. Some verge walking. All on level ground.

Refreshments: Cafes and Pubs in Market Rasen.

Toilets: John Street, Market Rasen.

Stiles: Numerous.

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
Navigation Warehouse
Riverhead Road
Louth
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.

During the walk or to do/see around

Market Rasen was known throughout the country for its clay pipe making industry in the early to mid 1800s. Clay for the pipes came from Devon and was brought to Gainsborough by river and canal and from there by road and later rail. The clay pipe makers in Serpentine Street closed in the late 1800s following the introduction of wooden pipes.

The name Legsby originates from the old nordic meaning of Legg's farmstead or village, probably a notable chieftain of the area, whilst the name Linwood originates from the old English meaning of the common native woodland tree of this area, the small leaved lime or linden tree. The lime tree has been used for centuries as a decorative street tree as it was also believed to ward off evil. The soft, even grained wood does not warp and as such is ideal for carving and for making piano keys.

Linwood Warren, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust Reserve, is an important heathland site. The area has been used extensively throughout the centuries, with flint implements, Roman kilns, medieval field systems and First World War practice trenches all playing a part in the rich history of the site. All three heathers can be found on site - bell heather, cross leaved heath and ling (the original heather); the other wildlife taking advantage of the site include butterflies, reptiles and birds, most notably the green woodpecker or Yaffle.

Lowland heathland is rarer than tropical rainforest, with the UK still having 20% of the world’s resource, despite the massive decline over the last 200 years. The heathland found in the northern half of historic Lincolnshire and the eastern edge of Nottinghamshire is even more special, having a wider variety of plants than typical southern heaths, as well as characteristic short-cropped grasslands, lichen-rich heath and sand dunes. This area, know as the Coversands, has gradually lost its important wildlife to farming, forestry and development.

The £1.5 million Coversands Tomorrow’s Heathland Heritage Project has worked to restore this precious habitat. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, this 5 years project restored 700 hectares and re-created 250 hectares of this internationally important heathland. The project was not just about wildlife; it also developed strong community participation and school links by working with local organisations and Coversands partners whilst boosting the economic prosperity of the area through grazing projects.

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