West Lindsey’s Churches Festival

This weekend three churches on the Stephen Langton trail welcome visitors as part of  West Lindsey’s 19th Churches festival. St Giles in Langton-by-Wragby will be celebrating the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta at Runnymede in 1215, as it is the village church serving the birthplace of Stephen Langton, Archbishop of Canterbury and the principle architect of the Great Charter. The church will be open on 16/17th May, Saturday 10am-5pm  and Sunday 10am-5pm

At the Sunday morning service singers from  the Horncastle Choral Society will sing an anthem to celebrate Magna Carta, “Veni, Sancte Spiritus”  composed by Malcolm Archer, Director of Chapel Music at Winchester College.

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Mayor of Lincoln to ride the Water Rail Way

I recently wrote about the delights of the Water Rail Way, the public foot / cycle path which passes through Kirsktead, near Woodhall Spa, connecting Boston and Lincoln, running mostly along the bed of the old railway line alongside the River Witham.


In a  few weeks time, the Mayor of Lincoln, Councillor Brent Charlesworth will cycle the 33-mile journey along the Water Railway, from Boston Guildhall to Lincoln Guildhall, as the last fundraising exercise of his mayoral year.

The cost to join in the ride is £5 for adults and £2.50 for children, and there’s a goodie bag and a reception at Lincoln Guildhall with the civic party at the end of the ride. For more information or to book tickets, please email charlotte.powell@lincoln.gov.uk, or call 01522 873507.

Councillor Charlesworth will set out from Boston Guildhall at 11am on Sunday, May 3. You can start with him, or you can join the ride Continue reading

Take time out on the Water Rail Way

Picture courtesy Railway PathsSpring is on its way, and there are plenty of walks and cycle paths to enjoy without straying too far from Woodhall Spa. One of the most interesting is the Water Rail way, which is now open from Lincoln to Boston, mostly following the old railway line alongside the River Witham. The name is a neat play on words; the water rail is also the name of a bird described by the RSPB as “….a fairly common but highly secretive inhabitant of freshwater wetlands”. (So don’t bet on spotting one here……)

You can pick up the path at Kirkstead Bridge, under two miles from The Petwood Hotel along Witham Road (B1191) toward Lincoln, or via Green Lane (nicer but longer walk, 1.8 miles). You can either walk, ride or catch the Brylaine bus from the village centre, or park your car on the old Witham Road opposite the garage, just before the bridge, near the old Kirkstead rail junction (now a private house), where the railway used to divide to take folk to Woodhall Spa and Horncastle. Continue reading

Visit Kirkstead Abbey and St. Leonard’s Chapel

Picture Courtesy Woodhall Spa Cottage MuseumThe site of Kirkstead Abbey is an easy walk or cycle ride from the Petwood Hotel. You can find it on Abbey Lane, a single track road which loops round from the Abbey Lodge Inn on Tattershall Road (B1192) to join Witham Road (B1191) just by the Woodhall Spa football ground.

There is no car park but if you do drive there, you can usually park by the side of the road.

It’s a short trip in miles, but a long one in time, as you travel back nine centuries.

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