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Sutton in Ashfield Rambling Club
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On Sunday (21st March 2010) the members of the Sutton Rambling Club will be enjoying an easy leisurely walk in the scenic Lincolnshire Wolds. There will be a choice of 2 walks, one of 9 miles,the other 6 miles. Flat terrain crossing woods, meadows, arable land and quiet country lanes. We will enjoy good views and ascend to the highest point in Lincolnshire.
The walk will start at the village of Normanby Le Wold (grid ref TF 120951) and head past Acre House and reach the top of a delightful Wolds valley which will be an ideal spot for a mid-morning coffee break.
The highest point in Lincolnshire is just 400 metres away and given a clear day we should be able see the distant spires of Lincoln Cathedral. We then follow a valley down by Nettleton Beck, pass through some woodland and by various entrances to old iron ore mines(operational between 1927 and 1969) and soon reach our lunchtime destination, the village of Nettleton.
There is a choice of a visit to the Salutation pub or a picnic lunch in the church yard. After about 40 minutes the afternoon walks will set off with two options:
Short Walk - This will follow the old Viking Way for approximately 2.5 miles into the historic town of Caistor.There will then be time to explore the church,remains of the Roman wall and other buildings of architectural interest(including the White Hart pub) The coach will pick up this group at 5.45 pm in the car park at the side of the Town Hall (grid ref TA 014118).
Longer Walk - This route will backtrack and view Nettleton with its abundance of iron stone houses,reflecting the extensive iron mining carried out in the last century.. We then continue along bridle paths and should be able to see distant views of the Humber Bridge.
Our next target is Rothwell village and may have the opportunity to visit the Blacksmiths Arms for a mid-afternoon break.Suitably refreshed we will go along Beck Lane and into a Nature Reserve and follow a network of bridle paths and field tracks passing by Hills Brough Farm and reaching the B1225 road. We cross the road and head back to our finishing point Normanby Le Wold ready for a 5.30 pm departure home.
The McEwens coach leaves the "Staff Of Life " pub on Hack Lane in Sutton-in-Ashfield at 9.15 am and the Bancroft Lane end, Stockwell Gate (near the Netto supermarket) in Mansfield at 9.30am. There are other pick up points en route and there is no need to pre-book your seat.
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