Normanby le Wold

Normanby le Wold

Route: Normanby le Wold

Area: Lincolnshire Wolds

Date of walk: 5th April 2018

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 6.6 miles

Ascent: 700 feet

Weather: Sunny and cloudless

We parked in the small car park at the village hall in Walesby and after walking a short distance out of the village joined a path leading gradually uphill along the edge of the Wold. Following recent torrential rain the ground was very wet and our boots were soon caked with a thick layer of Lincolnshire mud. There were some huge views over the surrounding countryside as we continued to gain height

On reaching Claxby Wood we descended towards the quiet village of Claxby, taking a permitted path which brought us to the church – the first of four beautiful little churches that we’d visit on today’s walk

A short climb out of the village brought us back to the top of the Wold at the small settlement of Normanby le Wold, home to another delightful small church. From here we headed back south, enjoying more huge views, before descending gently back into Walesby. Unusually for such a small village, Walesby has two churches and we made a small detour to see these. The older, All Saints (also rather aptly called ‘The Ramblers’ Church’) stands alone on a hilltop above the village. In years gone by the village gradually moved downhill leaving the church isolated and difficult for the villagers to access, so a new church, St Mary’s, was built in 1913. We visited the new church before returning to the car and the end of a very pleasant walk in rolling countryside

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