Route: Fulletby, Tetford and Belchford

Area: Lincolnshire Wolds

Date of walk: 1st December 2020

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 7.9 miles

Ascent: 600 feet

Weather: Sunny and cold

Fulletby is the second highest village in the Lincolnshire Wolds, sitting at 450 feet above sea level. On a clear day Lincoln Cathedral and both the Lincolnshire and Norfolk coasts can be seen from here. On a cold and crisp November morning we parked just outside Fulletby, near a small grassy triangle where there is roadside parking for several cars. This walk could be started just as conveniently from the neighbouring village of Belchford, which is visited along the way

After crossing the road, known as Furlong Lane, we climbed a stile and were greeted by a wonderful vista over open countryside, with a grassy path beckoning us east. We crossed another stile and walked beside Salmonby Carr into the small settlement of Salmonby, passing by an attractive pond along the way

A short road section followed, taking us out of Salmonby, and we then headed across the fields to the small village of Tetford (which has a pub). After passing by the small church we joined a bridleway known as Platts Lane, which is part of a Roman salt road, one of a number linking the east coast salt producing area with Lincoln. Salt was important to the Romans as a means of preserving meat, fish and beans. At the end of Platts Lane we arrived at a road known Lowfield Lane where we turned left to walk into Belchford (originally a Danish name ‘Belt’s Ford’). In 1536 the local parson Nicholas Leach joined the Lincolnshire Rising against Henry VIII, when 3,000 men marched on Lincoln. The rising was unsuccessful and Nicholas ended up being hung, drawn and quartered in London (information gleaned from the information board in the village)

When we reached the Blue Bell Inn we turned left to join the Viking Way, a 147 mile long distance path. This signalled the final leg of the route, a lovely walk back into Fulletby

As with our other walks in the Lincolnshire Wolds the paths were well waymarked and navigation was a simple affair. Some of the paths were muddy at times. Thanks to the gently rolling nature of the landscape we made quick progress, averaging about 2.5 mph for the walk, including stops

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