Wold Newton

Wold Newton

Route: Wold Newton

Area: Lincolnshire Wolds

Date of walk: 19th November 2020

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 6.3 miles

Ascent: 600 feet

Weather: Sunny

Wold Newton is a small isolated village sitting in an elevated valley at the north of the Lincolnshire Wolds. We parked at a bend in the road at the far north end of the village, where there are several free spaces by some old barns. Another good starting place would be at the entrance to The Valley, a short distance to the south of the village

A waymarked post set us off in the right direction, heading north across the fields and past a chalk pit. At Petterhills Fox Covert, where the path was a sea of mud, we turned right to head towards the eastern edge of the wold. As we walked towards Hawerby Hall Farm there were huge views on our left across the coastal plain and we could clearly see the North Sea in the far distance

Beyond Hawerby we continued south, enjoying more of the big views, until we reached Beesby Wood. There’s a choice of paths here, and we chose to follow one down through the wood which joins up with the Wanderlust Way, a long distance path. The path took us beside Beesby Wood and across the fields, then descending to a wood known as The Valley. The path took through the middle of the wood and brought us out at the lane leading into Wold Newton. We could have followed the lane, but chose instead to follow a public footpath above it. This can be found after walking through the farmyard of South Farm. We soon arrived at the village church, which can be accessed by footpath only

Although the footpath continues beyond the church we chose to descend into Wold Newton and walk back along the village street. As we did so we noted the names on the cottages, many of which are named after the original tenants’ jobs on the farm estate – Ploughman’s Cottage, Groom Cottage and Shepherd’s Cottage to name but three. We arrived at the end of the village to complete our circuit and an excellent walk

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