The historic county of Lincolnshire lies on the east coast of Britain between the Humber Estuary and The Wash
The most scenic part of the county is the 'The Lincolnshire Wolds', designated as one of Britain's "Area's of Outstanding Natural Beauty." (AONB). However, the other areas of the county have plenty of interesting scenery and walks to offer.
Long Distance Paths. The county has several long distance footpaths including, the Viking Way, Macmillan Way, Lindsey Loop, Plogsland Round, Gingerbread Way, Nev Cole Way, Wanderlust Way and Towers Way. More recent ones are Danelaw Way (2005) from Lincoln to Stamford and 'Spires and Steeples' from Lincoln to Sleaford. The Silver Lincs Way between Grimsby and Louth was launched in 2005 by Grimsby/Louth Ramblers Group to celebrate their 25th year.
Photo (Supplied by Stuart Parker) - Lincoln Group Ramblers on Lincolnshire Day Walk, !st October 2012
When you join Lincolnshire Ramblersyou are effectively ·joining 11 walking groups in the county. You have their printed programmes ·and can walk with any of them. Our printed programme booklet is produced every year and contains well over 600 walks.
Our 11 groups, from the Humber to the Wash, organise a variety of events throughout the year ranging from short ambles, day walks, midweek walks through to summer evening strolls.As a member of Lincolnshire Ramblers you can go on any of these walks. You are not limited to just one Group. Indeed, since Ramblers is a national organisation you have the right to walk with any Group in the country.
The Viking Way, Lincolnshire to Oakham will be 40 years old this coming September. It was officially opened in September 1976. This long distance route of 147 miles which runs from the Humber through Lincolnshire to Oakham was officially opened on Sunday 5 September 1976 at Tealby, by the Deputy Chairman of Lincolnshire County Council, John Hedley-Lewis. However, he was very ill, and died the following December. Hedley-Lewis was President of the Lincolnshire Ramblers' Association and a memorial stile was made for him on the route at Stenwith, a half-mile north of the Rutland Arms in Woolsthorpe-by-Belvoir.
How did the route come to be called the Viking Way?
Ramblers in Lincolnshire have been asked to get involved with a BBC Radio Lincolnshire campaign called ‘Walk A Million’ .
Ramblers Area Secretary, Stuart Parker, said: “ BBC Radio Lincolnshire is launching an ambitious feature to reach a million miles walked in Lincolnshire over the next year. It is a just-for-fun project but has the important aim of getting people outdoors to explore their local environment and see the fine heritage, wildlife, farming, footpaths and countryside that we have here in the county.
All your individual walking can be added to the totaliser each week be it a walk to the shops, a stroll along the prom or a country ramble, it will all count ! Our local Ramblers Groups may also be included as the radio station’s mid-morning presenter, Melvyn Prior, wants to feature as much of the county’s walking variety as possible and wants to broadcast some events live on-air between 9am - noon. ”
The Launch Event will be held on Friday 29th July at Whisby Nature Park near Lincoln at 10am for a 2 - 3 mile walk.
THE SECOND SOUTH LINCOLNSHIRE WALKING FESTIVAL STARTS THIS WEEKEND “
The 2nd South Lincolnshire Walking Festival commences this Saturday 24th September.
Area Secretary of Lincolnshire Ramblers, Stuart Parker, said: “ We are pleased to support this Festival again now into it’s second year. The area covered by events include the districts of North Kesteven, South Kesteven, Boston Borough and South Holland and have some of the most beautiful countryside to discover within our county. A variety of walks are being offered to suit all abilities. Five of our local Ramblers groups based in Boston, Spalding, Sleaford, Stamford and Lincoln are providing walks for the Festival and all are invited to take part. ”
Walks are being held on Saturdays and Sundays from 24th September until 30th October. The Festival is hosting 80 walks this year and the programme of events can be viewed or downloaded at www.southlincswalking.com
If you are aged around 20 to 40 and prefer to walk most of the time with your own age group rather than with the more senior RA members why not consider joining the Lincolnshire Walking Group. This Group is part of the Lincolnshire Area RA but it draws its membership from the whole county rather than local districts as is the case with the normal Groups.
The Spires and Steeples Arts and Heritage Trail was formally opened in May 2008. This 26¾ miles waymarked path between Lincoln and Sleaford provides an excellent new long distance route for walkers as well as a wonderful arts and heritage experience along the way. The trail passes through many villages in North Kesteven along the way and if desired can be done in short stages.The route was put together to make it easier for visitors and residents to find their way from village to village to discover their artistic and historical treasures. North Kesteven does not have a wealth of dramatic scenery, cliffs and mountains, but it does have a rich history and heritage, stories that are part of the fabric of Lincolnshire and intertwined with the character of its landscape, flat fens and heath, reflecting open, changing skies
When you join Lincolnshire Ramblers you usually select to be associated with one particular Group. However, you receive a walk programme booklet for all 11 Groups in Lincolnshire Area. This means that you can go on any Group walk. Our printed programme booklet is produced every year and contains well over 600 walks.