The Viking Way (Part 1)

June 2016. This year we decided to look closer to home for our long distance walk and finally settled on The Viking Way. We did not have sufficient free time to walk the whole 147 miles from the Humber Bridge, but decided that approximately half-distance from Lincoln to Oakham was about right. Very pleaseant walking - generally along clear and well-marked paths, lanes and quiet country roads - and some lovely little villages along the route. Unfortunately we chose a very wet week, but some great B&Bs and evening meals meant our spirits were never dampened.
Lincoln Cathedral A photo before we set off ... ...
Poppies, Lincoln Castle P1030101 P1030104
P1030239 P1030241 Looking back to the Cathedral
Steve poses for a soggy photo at Sincil Bank, home of Lincoln City FC Closed railway line Spire of the International Bomber Command Memorial, from South Common
A murky look back to the city from the path above South Common Field path near Bracebridge Heath Expansive views from the limestone ridge
Carnforth Guest House, Waddington Worsdell's Mill, Waddington Poppy - a real one, this time
Nice wide mown field edge, approaching Harmston Dog rose Dog rose
Stone arch, Coleby Another waymarker Carolyn studies the layout of Boothby Graffoe
Entering "The Smoots" Old tractor, Navenby Panorama, between Navenby and Wellingore
Fire hydrant in Wellingore - used before the village had mains water Typical pleasant country lane Old plane at Griffin's Farm (?)
The Tower, Temple Bruer Steve, Temple Bruer Lots of real poppies today
Following Ermine Street, approaching Byards Leap Byards Leap Lodge The sunken path alongside the Ancaster road
More wet folliage ... ... but quite pretty, really Is that the Blackpool Tower ? Eiffel Tower ? ...
... or just an ornate BT phone mast  ... Church of St Nicholas, Carlton Scroop Church of St Nicholas, Carlton Scroop
Quiet country lane, beyond Carlton Scroop Horsetails The River Witham, approaching Marston
Underpass below the east coast main line The highlight of the trip - Marston sewage treatment works ! Stonepit Lane, beyond Marston
Footbridge over the River Witham, Westborough Footbridge over the River Witham, Westborough Our room at Allington Manor ...
.. and the bathroom Allington Manor .. and again ...
The Welby Arms, Allington - nice evening meal Back on Sewstern Lane Still raining, Shipman's Plantation
Woolsthorpe Bottom Lock, Grantham Canal Sheltering from the rain, adjacent to the Rutland Arms Admiring the weedcutter
Trying to keep the map dry under Bridge 62 From the footbridge over the canal A steady climb up the muddy, waterlogged track approaching Woolsthorpe by Belvoir
P1030316 P1030317 "The Drift" - a SSSI nature reserve section of Sewstern Lane
Stopped raining at last - time for a rest Lovely mowed path approaching Skillington makes for a relatively dry end to the day Colourful patch of red clover
The Cross Sword Inn, Skillington.   Food to die for ! Methodist Chapel, Skillington Back on our old freind, Sewstern Lane
P1030327 VW sign, Thistleton Oh-oh!  Here comes the rain again ...
An antique VW sign The sun tries to come out as we approach Greetham ... But the black clouds are never far away ...
P1030335 P1030336 More rain , Tunnelley Wood
Thatched cottages, Exton Elaborate shelter in Exton - but no explanation as to what , or why .. More of Exton's thatched cottages
Our room at The Noel, Whitwell The Noel at Whitwell St Michael and All Angels Church, Whitwell
A first glimpse of Rutland Water, Barnsdale car park A long old stretch beside the A606 into Oakham Arriving - in the semi-dry - at Oakham
Impressive bedding by the local council The End, Oakham Public Library Not a bad walk ... despite the weather ... !!