CELEBRATION WALK TO MARK REACHING HALF A MILLION MILES
Ramblers from across the Lincolnshire Area have been invited to join a “celebration stroll” to mark reaching the halfway stage of BBC Radio Lincolnshire’s WALK-A-MILLION feature.
.Area Secretary of the Lincolnshire Ramblers, Stuart Parker, said
“ Each week, the public and our local group members contact BBC Radio Lincolnshire to add their walk mileage to the total and gradually it’s getting towards the one million miles mark. ”
“ It’s a fun feature for the radio station to do as it gets people thinking about how easy it is to simply walk - it’s good for physical and mental health and the mileage soon mounts up. ”
The event is being held on Friday 9th February at GIBRALTAR POINT nature reserve near Skegness from 9am to noon for a 2½ mile stroll along the heritage trail and all are welcome to take part.
“ There’s even a chance to meet Melvyn Prior who will be presenting his morning programme live on-air from the walk and also Scott Dalton who bravely walked the Viking Way last November helped along the way by some of the Ramblers. ” Stuart added.
The historic county of Lincolnshire lies on the east coast of Britain between the Humber Estuary and The Wash
The most scenic part of the county is the 'The Lincolnshire Wolds', designated as one of Britain's "Area's of Outstanding Natural Beauty." (AONB). However, the other areas of the county have plenty of interesting scenery and walks to offer.
Long Distance Paths. The county has several long distance footpaths including, the Viking Way, Macmillan Way, Lindsey Loop, Plogsland Round, Gingerbread Way, Nev Cole Way, Wanderlust Way and Towers Way. More recent ones are Danelaw Way (2005) from Lincoln to Stamford and 'Spires and Steeples' from Lincoln to Sleaford. The Silver Lincs Way between Grimsby and Louth was launched in 2005 by Grimsby/Louth Ramblers Group to celebrate their 25th year.
Photo (Supplied by Ivan Barnes) - Sleaford Group Ramblers at Barkston, Spring 2014.
English Coastal Path in Lincolnshire - Progress of work October 2017
English CoastalPath in Lincolnshire - Progress of work October - November 2017 English CoastalPath in Lincolnshire -
Progress of work October - November 2017.
The first stretch from Skegness to Mablethorpe was finally approved by the Secretary of State in late November and establishment works should be taking place over the winter and early spring with an opening target of Easter 2018. This short stretch of the coastline (26km) will be the first of the three stretches to be available.
The stretch from Sutton Bridge to Skegness includes the longest continuous section of the route where there is currently no other forms of legal or permissive access between Frampton and Gibraltar Point. The key concerns for this stretch are the environmental impact on the wildlife, and in particular the birdlife of The Wash. The second concern is crossing the River Steeping at Gibraltar Point at a location to be the least detrimental to the birdlife. It is increasingly likely that the existing Internal Drainage Board owned bridge will be refurbished and utilised for this purpose. The report for public comment is due to be published Winter/Spring 2017-18.
For the final stretch from Mablethorpe to the Humber, Natural England are undertaking the "walking the course" element of the scheme to establish the likely route that fits best with the parameters of the national scheme. They are also meeting with landowners that are likely to be affected prior to writing up the report. The key elements for the Lincolnshire County element of this stretch are the sensitivities around the seasonal seal population at Donna Nook and the surrounding coastline and a section of the coastline that had public rights removed to accommodate the former air base at North Somercotes
Ramblers in Lincolnshire have been asked to get involved with a BBC Radio Lincolnshire campaign called ‘Walk A Million’ .
Ramblers Area Secretary, Stuart Parker, said: “ BBC Radio Lincolnshire is launching an ambitious feature to reach a million miles walked in Lincolnshire over the next year. It is a just-for-fun project but has the important aim of getting people outdoors to explore their local environment and see the fine heritage, wildlife, farming, footpaths and countryside that we have here in the county.
All your individual walking can be added to the totaliser each week be it a walk to the shops, a stroll along the prom or a country ramble, it will all count ! Our local Ramblers Groups may also be included as the radio station’s mid-morning presenter, Melvyn Prior, wants to feature as much of the county’s walking variety as possible and wants to broadcast some events live on-air between 9am - noon. ”
The Launch Event will be held on Friday 29th July at Whisby Nature Park near Lincoln at 10am for a 2 - 3 mile walk.
When you join Lincolnshire Ramblersyou are effectively ·joining 11 walking groups in the county. You have their printed programmes ·and can walk with any of them. Our printed programme booklet is produced every year and contains well over 600 walks.
Our 11 groups, from the Humber to the Wash, organise a variety of events throughout the year ranging from short ambles, day walks, midweek walks through to summer evening strolls.As a member of Lincolnshire Ramblers you can go on any of these walks. You are not limited to just one Group. Indeed, since Ramblers is a national organisation you have the right to walk with any Group in the country.
The Viking Way, Lincolnshire to Oakham will be 40 years old this coming September. It was officially opened in September 1976. This long distance route of 147 miles which runs from the Humber through Lincolnshire to Oakham was officially opened on Sunday 5 September 1976 at Tealby, by the Deputy Chairman of Lincolnshire County Council, John Hedley-Lewis. However, he was very ill, and died the following December. Hedley-Lewis was President of the Lincolnshire Ramblers' Association and a memorial stile was made for him on the route at Stenwith, a half-mile north of the Rutland Arms in Woolsthorpe-by-Belvoir.
How did the route come to be called the Viking Way?
If you are aged around 20 to 40 and prefer to walk most of the time with your own age group rather than with the more senior RA members why not consider joining the Lincolnshire Walking Group. This Group is part of the Lincolnshire Area RA but it draws its membership from the whole county rather than local districts as is the case with the normal Groups.
The Spires and Steeples Arts and Heritage Trail was formally opened in May 2008. This 26¾ miles waymarked path between Lincoln and Sleaford provides an excellent new long distance route for walkers as well as a wonderful arts and heritage experience along the way. The trail passes through many villages in North Kesteven along the way and if desired can be done in short stages.The route was put together to make it easier for visitors and residents to find their way from village to village to discover their artistic and historical treasures. North Kesteven does not have a wealth of dramatic scenery, cliffs and mountains, but it does have a rich history and heritage, stories that are part of the fabric of Lincolnshire and intertwined with the character of its landscape, flat fens and heath, reflecting open, changing skies
When you join Lincolnshire Ramblers you usually select to be associated with one particular Group. However, you receive a walk programme booklet for all 11 Groups in Lincolnshire Area. This means that you can go on any Group walk. Our printed programme booklet is produced every year and contains well over 600 walks.