Witham walks

The weather’s taken a distinct turn for the better and summer has really arrived and we’ve been taking the opportunity to explore the countryside when we moor up.

MooringatBardney

Our mooring at Bardney – you can just spot Lincoln Cathedral on the hill in the distance.

Our first venture out after Lincoln was a lovely 8 and a half mile circular walk from Bardney to  Southrey and back – taking in the ruined abbeys of Bardney and Tupholme along with a couple of ancient woodlands. If you find yourself in the area this downloadable leaflet gives directions for the walk.

CuppaSouthreyWood

Enjoying a cuppa in Southrey Wood – one of the Lincolnshire Lime Woods – officially a wildwood as it has had continuous woodland cover for the last 8000 years.

FarmhouseGrin

Farmhouse with a lop sided grin

There were nine abbeys along the banks of the Witham – the river was an important trade link between Lincoln and the port of Boston and all the major orders seem to have set up their own abbey, almost within sight of each other. There’s not a lot left of the abbey buildings after the Tudor dissolution of the monasteries but Tupholme and Bardney made interesting stops on our walk.

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Wicker fisherman beside the fish ponds at the remains of Tupholme Abbey

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Wicker arch – Tupholme Abbey

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All that remains of  Tupholme Abbey buildings

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Meeting a monk at Bardney Abbey

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Only lumps and bumps visible at the site of Bardney Abbey as everything was covered over to prevent further erosion.

Our next mooring was at Tattershall Bridge from where we explored Tattershall Castle. If you value peace and quiet you’re not going to want to moor here as you’re right beside the runway for RAF Coningsby and Typhoon jets are taking off and landing constantly. If on the other hand you’re interested in historic planes, you couldn’t pick a better venue as the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight is based here and its aircraft take to the air on training flights on a regular basis – your view of them is spectacular.

Tattershall Castle

The keep of Tattershall Castle

TattershallFireplace

Each floor of the castle houses one large room and each of the rooms boasts one of these decorated fireplaces

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One of the four towers

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A ‘wall’ of chimneys

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View of the gatehouse (which is now a National Trust shop and cafe) and the Holy Trinity Church from the battlements of the castle

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2 Responses to Witham walks

  1. Sue E says:

    Looks lovely, Spot

    • ewnhacul says:

      Not as lovely as your new granddaughter Sue! You must be an incredibly proud damawyn. Hope you don’t burst before you get to meet her. xxx

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