Sunday, January 24, 2021

History and heritage in a picturesque setting

As the countdown begins on North Kesteven’s first walking festival, final preparations are being put in place bringing to you a free week of walks for all ages set in beautiful picturesque locations.

The district already boasts a number of walks which range in distance and ability from location to location. Walks have been carefully chosen from the district’s network of walks which include the Stepping Out Network, North Kesteven Health Walks and the Spires and Steeples Arts and Heritage Trail.

On Tuesday 15 July join our walk leader Theresa Hobbs at Aubourn for a country walk through delightful open countryside, carefully managed to encourage a variety of wildlife. Starting at the Royal Oak pub, this 4.5 mile walk will take you alongside ancient hedgerows teeming with birdlife. Walkers may also be lucky to catch a glimpse of buzzards wheeling overhead. The walk will finish at the Royal Oak where you can treat yourself to some well earned refreshments.

For those interested in history and heritage, join our led walk on Sunday 20th July with Steve Donagain of North Kesteven’s Countryside Ranger Service. The walk will pass through the fascinating landscape around North and South Rauceby, passing the sites of medieval settlements and taking in the breathtaking scenery along the way.

North and South Rauceby lie on the edge of south Lincolnshire. Anciently known as Rosbi and listed in Domesday as Roscebi, the name derives from the old Scandinavian for Rauthr+by or ‘Ruthr’s village’. Limestone loving plants once common to old-fashioned meadows and pastures can be found in Rauceby’s wide roadside verges. Ancient trackways and drove roads still provide ‘wildlife corridors’ for barn owls, buzzards, hares and even glow worms.

This walk stretches 9 miles starting at High Woods, Church Lane, North Rauceby on Sunday 20th July with the option of retiring at the half way point. If you would like to take part in any of these walks booking is advised. To book on either of these walks contact Donna Sutton on 01522 870273 or email

On Saturday 19th July, there will be a charity walk in conjunction with Macmillan Cancer Support at 10am at Whisby Nature Reserve. This will be a 5k walk and everyone is welcome to attend. Contact Donna Sutton on 01522 870273 or email for a sponsorship pack.

For more information and a full list of walks available during the week, visit

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