Fotherby walk


Route: Fotherby

Area: Lincolnshire Wolds

Date of walk: 26th November 2020

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 6.0 miles

Ascent: 500 feet

Weather: Weak sun

We started today’s walk in the small village of Fotherby, which lies a couple of miles north of Louth, the subject of our last visit to the Lincolnshire Wolds. We parked on the village street near an information board which sets out the points of interest in the area. We walked south along the street and after 200 yards or so turned right along Short Street. We then carefully crossed the busy A16 bypass. It was good to get the roar of the traffic behind us as we headed gently uphill, following a quiet lane and track past Fotherby Common

We passed through a small woodland area and emerged into a lovely valley. We walked along the valley bottom and then climbed up towards North Elkington. We walked into the village via the site of the medieval village. The earliest record of a settlement here dates from 1066, and the site was occupied until the 16th century. There are no buildings to be seen, but there are remnants of hollow ways – old paths which have been worn down by footsteps, hooves and cart wheels. After walking through the hummocky site we passed through the small existing village to reach the far point of the walk

We started the return leg by passing through Grange Farm, and then followed tracks over the fields on Fotherby Top, passing through Fotherby Top Farm along the way. This was very easy walking and we made quick progress back to Fotherby Common, where we rejoined our original path. From here we retraced our steps back to the start, enduring once more the crossing over the A16, the only black mark against an otherwise very enjoyable walk

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