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.
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.
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.
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.