Tealby walk, Ramblers Church, Walesby


Route: Tealby and Walesby

Area: Lincolnshire Wolds

Date of walk: 27th December 2020

Walkers: Andrew, Gilly and James

Distance: 4.7 miles

Ascent: 600 feet

Weather: Sunny 

Tealby is a picture postcard village on the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds, and located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We parked near the village hall and walked past Tealby Church (The Church of All Saints) which dates back to the 12th century. Just beyond the church we turned right at a small cottage and joined the long distance Viking Way. Huge views opened up as we followed the grassy path gently uphill. We passed by Castle Farm, so called because its unusual shape resembles a castle, and then continued along the track towards Risby Manor. The ground was sodden after recent heavy rain, and the path was exceptionally muddy in places

After passing by Risby Manor (where there is a small kiosk selling refreshments), we continued along the Viking Way in the direction of Walesby. Before long All Saints Church came into view. The church is set on top of Walesby Escarpment, overlooking the village below, and has wonderful views over the surrounding countryside. It was renovated in the 1930s and has become known as the Ramblers Church. We left the church grounds and joined a track which took us gently down into the village of Walesby, the starting point for another walk in this area which I’d completed 2 years ago

After a short detour to see St Edmund’s Church we walked back along the road and located the path back to the start, which starts at a squeeze stile in a dry stone wall. As we walked through the fields we spotted a herd of red deer – this was no surprise as we’d seen deer fencing along the way, and were aware that there is a deer park in the area. After a short section along Catskin Lane we joined a path through the fields, which took us beneath Castle Farm where we’d been walking earlier. Just before Tealby we rejoined the Viking Way and strolled back into the village to complete a lovely walk

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