Walk 19/2012 – Winceby

Sunday 9th September 2012

We made our way to the village of Winceby – a small village located in the Lincolnshire Wolds. The village is notable for the Battle of Winceby in 1643, during the civil war. We parked in the car park belonging to the Snipe Dales Country Park and Nature Reserve. Situated on the southern edge of the Wolds, Snipe Dales is one of few semi–natural wet valley systems still surviving. It offers a variety of attractive walks through 36 hectares (90 acres) of mainly coniferous woodland.

Heading towards Somersby along the public footpaths we passed by Ashby Puerorum (or “the Little Boys’ Ashby”) – between 1280–1299 Bishop Oliver Sutton gave the village its present name after he assigned the revenues of the vicarage of Ashby to the upkeep of the boys in the cathedral choir.

Somersby’s famous son is Alfred Lord Tennyson, The house where he lived with his eleven siblings, the former rectory, is now a cottage but not open to the public. However a trip to the village of Somersby provides an excellent opportunity to visit the church where the Tennyson children were baptized as well as view the various memorabilia on display.

Onwards towards Bag Enderby – not a great deal to be said about this village except there is talk of a large gas and oil field under the area, owned by Roc Oil Company of Australia.

We came across a strange sign on a gate telling us to be aware of “bull beef.” This caused some discussion and research revealed that “Britain’s oldest breed of beef cow, is now making a welcome return to the nation’s plates” Not that helps one bit as to why the sign read as it did! [Ed – bull beef are young bulls and can be unpredictable. Advice seems to be “Make sure you have an exit route!”]

A conversation around place names ending in by also took place. Research – “Place names ending in –by, such as Winceby, Bag Enderby, Stainsby and Lusby. These –by endings are generally places where the Vikings settled first. In Lincolnshire there are 161 –by place names. The –by has passed into English as ‘by–law’ meaning the local law of the town or village.” [Ed – by–pass maybe too.]

After lunch, which we thankfully found a shady spot for, found us somewhere within the Lindsey Loop – a 96 mile walk through the Wolds – but we were not quite doing the full distance!

The George and Dragon was our last pit stop in Hagworthingham and provided a pleasant setting after a long walk in, at times, hot sunshine.

Report – Sue

Pictures – Alan

Walk rating – Good

We walk from Snipe Dales Country Park into Snipe dales Nature Reserve.
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The church at Ashby Puerorum.
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A grand house in Somersby.
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Some of the Lincolnshire countryside.
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Why are the cows all sitting down?
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The church at Bag Enderby.
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We came across these standing stones between Hagworthingham and the Country Park. Something Druid we thought. In fact this avenue crosses the Greenwich Meridian just about here.
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David goes to have a closer look at the stone circle.
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