I don’t know about you but I’m not considering a holiday abroad this year. My mind is focused on our present situation and I’m inclined to stay in the UK for my summer holiday in 2020. Yes, I can see us coming to an end of this coronavirus lockdown in the not too distant future but my mind is focused more on the safety of home rather than risks of traveling further afield. From my conversations on social media I know I’m not the only person thinking this way. With that in mind, I’m wondering where I should be heading to and what I could possibly do in Lincolnshire that I haven’t already done before.
Following the recent death of my father, my son and I made a promise to make sure that we keep making memories by doing something together every other month. The brief is that we take it in turns to organise something and that it must be low budget. I organised the first weekend away but I’m afraid his turn has been curtailed by the Coronavirus travel restrictions. However, it’ll take more than coronavirus to make me waver from the plan so It’s time to plan our next adventure. Our first outing was a night in Harrogate and a walk from Harrogate to Knaresborough along the banks of the river Nidd. It’s a walk I have done many times as a youngster and I was keen to share it with my teenage son. I’ve never tried fishing before so that was his plan for me. These trips are designed to bring us closer together but at the same time provide some new experiences. We both have a love of walking so my first choice was quite easy. Fishing…. well, that is his idea of fun so I’m duty bound to go with him so that he can teach me and let me experience something new. I’m all for it but I’m afraid it didn’t work out in March. I’m hoping the travel restrictions will be lifted sometime in May so that we can get out and enjoy some more time out together.
Trips to London are something we both enjoy but, even on a low budget, it’s an expensive area. With travel costs, accommodation, a few cups of coffee and meals out it’s easy to spend several hundred pounds. The point of the exercise is to enjoy our time together and not spend lots of money. With that in mind, and with it being my choice of activity in May I’m choosing a walk in the Lincolnshire Wolds. We both have walking boots and all the clothing so the only expense will be meals and accommodation. I have a plan!
The Southern Wolds
As I work on Saturdays the chosen location for the weekend has to be reasonably local. The idea is to travel on Saturday afternoon/evening, B&B overnight if needed, spend the day walking on Sunday and return home refreshed on Sunday evening. However, being so close to home (half an hour) an overnight stay isn’t really necessary. My plan then is to walk from Bolingbroke Castle to Snipedales Country Park via Hameringham with our return leg being from Snipedales Country Park to Hundleby via Hagworthingham and Raith and back to Bolingbroke. If we make it in time we will also partake in an afternoon tea at the award winning Elm Tree B&B in Hundleby. Well, why not? We are both busy and it’s not often that we get to spend quality time together. I haven’t worked out the mileage yet but we are both fit and very fast walkers.
Onward then to Snipedales Country Park where we’ll be able to explore some of the 220 acres of the country park and nature reserve with it’s steep sided valleys, wildlife, a variety of trees and streams. If we can get the timing right and restrictions are lifted we may get chance to join the one of the guided walks. If you’re interested why not click on the picture below to go to the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust website where you’ll find up-to-date information. At the moment the website is showing the event to be cancelled but I live in hope that restrictions will be lifted by then and the walks will be re-instated.
Snipedales Country Park will probably make an ideal stopping place for a packed lunch. After that, it’s onwards to Hagworthingham where we’ll hopefully stop to photograph the Stockwith Mill. This is a picture from the internet and I’m afraid there is no reference to credit the original photographer. It is a lovely picture though and I hope we’ll be able to do the Mill the same justice.
I have no doubt there will be plenty of photo opportunities during our walk so a timetable isn’t really going to work! However, I know it’ll be fun and worth the effort. About 2.5 miles (by road) to Raithby
The small Methodist Chapel (on the far right of the building in the picture above) is the oldest Methodist Chapel in Lincolnshire and is still in use today. It was opened by John Wesley on 5 July 1779 – that makes it even older than me! With a bit of luck we’ll be able to take a picture or two before heading off across country to Hundleby for afternoon tea at The Elm Tree B&B (time permitting).
If you’re looking for an underlying motive for our walk, ‘this’ is it! Or rather, the Afternoon Tea is. I suspect we will already have covered something around 10-15 miles (or are) so an afternoon tea treat for father and son seems like a perfect reason to break the journey. Boasting a full 5 Stars and having already seen pictures and read revues I’m really expecting great things. I’m already looking forward to this as at just £20.00 each (£25.00 for the Prosecco version) and our only expense of the day I think its a bargain. Can I tempt you? Well, probably not but Chris and Jonathan certainly can with this picture from their website:
Being less than half an hour away from my home it won’t be necessary to book in to the B&B and I very much doubt my son would want to share a four poster with his dad anyway! However, if you’re making the trip and fancy staying over, this is what you’ll be treated to:
This really is a trip that I’m looking forward to so I hope the travel restrictions and social distancing rules are lifted in time for the end of May. However, I do have a plan B – organise another date for June or July to make sure the whole trip goes ahead! Perhaps a follow up blog will be in order to show off my own pictures and include some countryside images too. After all, it ‘is’ the Lincolnshire Wolds – an ‘Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ so it would be amiss of me to deprive you of our experience.
Not everyone has the patience to wait until the social distancing rules are relaxed so, just for you, there is a special take-away afternoon tea available too. It’s the same great choice but without the hot drink. At £12.50 per person I think it’s time to get the kettle on and get your order in don’t you?
Until Next Time, Stay Safe
I know we are all looking forward to the end of the ‘lockdown’ but I think it’s important to have something to focus on don’t you?