Lincolnshire Tourist Guide took to the open road to make the most of the unusually sunny weather for March. We headed off to Sleaford to follow one of Hugh Marrows walks featured in Good Tastes magazine. The walk is 9 ¾ miles, however, there is a shorter option of 4 ½ miles if you don’t fancy nearly 10 miles.
Continuing on, past Cogglesford Mill we passed a field of sheep with their spring lambs, walked under the A17 and a railway line and then we were out into open fields. The route took us over a couple of stiles and through a farmers paddock - home to a beautiful grazing horse who paid no attention to us at all. Walking through the farmyard a magnificent peacock greeted us, before long we had an army of chickens clucking away too, all of them appeared to be looking to be fed!
Exiting the farm a small incline in the road led us to St Mary’s Church in Evedon. The Church is a Grade II listed limestone Church built in the 13th Century. It leans heavily to one side and seats around 70 parishioners. The village also has an unusual converted water tower which was originally built in 1915 and is now a stunning home.
At this point you can either take the longer option or the shorter option, we chose to take the longer one and walked through the remainder of the village.
Leaving the village we met two people on horseback who had just finished their morning ride and were heading back to their paddocks. We took a right and this lead us back into open fields. We stopped half way round to eat our sandwiches and apply a plaster to my ever growing blister on my foot! The sky melted into the fields. There was not a cloud in the sky and the only noise was from the birds singing and the various planes circling overhead from one of the nearby RAF bases.
We joined a road and followed this for about a mile and half to Haverholme. As we walked towards the hamlet the ruins of Haverholme Priory could be seen in the distance. The Priory is reported to be one of the most haunted places in England. Haverholme is named as the ‘island between two rivers’.
Joining back up with the waterway we head for Papermill Bridge and past a disused mill called Holdingham Mill. The route then meets up at the shorter route at Holdingham Mill and at this point we retrace our steps back to Cogglesford Mill.
The majority of the walk is along grass tracks, canel paths and fields. It felt great to be out in the open, breathing in the fresh air with the sun shining down on us.
It had taken us four hours in total with a stop for lunch and lots of stops for photographs. We made it to Cogglesford Mill just in time before they closed to enjoy a cup of tea and a well earned sit down to rest our weary legs.
We sat on the garden chairs that were in the front garden, people were already enjoying refreshments and the late afternoon sun. Hanging troughs along the front railings were planted up with vibrant coloured primroses, adding even more quaintness to the already charming property.
As we walked back to the car park we popped into The National Centre of Craft & Design that has a stunning viewing gallery on the top floor giving far reaching views across the town and beyond. The building was converted in 2004 from a seed warehouse and now holds many exhibitions, their current exhibition is ‘Museum of Broken Relationships’ which is on until 15th April.
Overall it was a great walk, had clear instructions for the route, offered peace and tranquillity along the way with open fields and skies. There was plenty of wildlife to spot and a welcoming tea shop for both before and after the walk.
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