Castle Bytham

Sunday 19th January 2020

We all knew what you we had signed up to, but nothing had prepared us for the amount of trudging we would endure. Since then Mark hasn't stopped humming The Hippopotamus Song so we thought it summarised the walk quite well.

“Mud, mud, glorious mud

Nothing quite like it for cooling the blood

So follow me, follow

Down to the hollow

And there let us wallow in glorious mud” [Ed – Unfortunately, Sue took this rather literally on the next walk!]

On the positive side it was a glorious sunny day to walk part of the “Danelaw Way”, with interesting features like the motte and bailey castle fortifications at Castle Bytham, the village duck pond and a nice carpenter's workshop with a carpenter in it! [Ed – What a lovely surprise!] Alexandra bought a door wedge as a souvenir – made with local wood (we can't remember the name) featuring a wheat motif. The carpenter was in a chatty mood and while everyone was already at the local pub, we learned that the wheat feature is related to the very productive soils that saved the life of a weak heir back in the 17th century.

With all of us now wearing much lighter footwear, a drink in one of two village pubs was enjoyed by all.

Report by Alexandra

Walk rating – Muddy.

Pictures - Alexandra

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The coffee stop appears to have been taken in the middle of some road works.

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The barbed wire was well secured.

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There were long shadows.

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A Motte – where's the Baileys?

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A village pond.

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The carpenter's workshop.

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