The day dawned bright for our first walk of the year. Both groups took a meandering route through the Vale Of Belvoir. We all started in the attractive village of Harlaxton in West Lincolnshire. Harlaxton has an idiosyncratic feel due to the unusual building style and strong detailing favoured by the lord of the manor. Many of the houses and garden ornaments here are listed Grade 1. Group A made a short tour through the village and past St Mary and St Peter’s Church. They headed north along Peashill Lane, an exceptionally muddy section with the texture of sticky toffee pudding, difficult to walk through without performing a face-plant. Group B lingered for a while around Harlaxton and Harlaxton Manor, learning about the history and perfecting their photography.
Next both groups went round Denton Reservoir and had a short break in the village of Denton. The reservoir is shaped like a perfect teardrop and is a haven for wildlife. It was built to feed Grantham Canal, which in turn served as an economical route for goods into Lincolnshire. Denton is another beautiful village, dating from Saxon times, but totally different to Harlaxton. The predominant building material is mellow yellow ironstone, local to the area. We stopped at the 13th C. Grade 1 listed St Andrews Church, in Denton.
To avoid even muddier mud, Group A took a slightly longer route with a bit of road-bashing. The route was gently undulating and tranquil. By-passing the village of Harston, they took a right towards Woolsthorpe by Belvoir. They passed St James Church, more listed ironstone buildings and candy-coloured cottages in pink, white and baby-blue. They went up the hill and continued past the Chequers Inn. Thanks go to the kind person who placed a door over the slurpiest mud of the walk. They took lunch in the shade of some trees. On the opposing hill was the fairy-tale Belvoir Castle. It started to rain and it was time to move on.
Both groups were now walking along Grantham Canal but in opposite directions. Group A headed east from Woolsthorpe Wharf, whereas Group B headed west from Harlaxton Bridge. Near Casthorpe Bridge, both groups left the canal and and made the final climb to a warm welcome at the White Swan in Barrowby
Thanks go to Len and Viv for leading and to Jo and Marie for lending their assistance. Photos were kindly shared by Carol, Jacqui, Bergona and Viv. Doncaster Outsiders next walk is on Sunday 23rd February. It’s a great walk around Alkborough. Hope to see you there. Contact Phil for more information on 07783953212 or email firstname.lastname@example.org