Little Cawthorpe - Haugham - Burwell Circular

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This walk climbs from Little Cawthorpe Village up onto the coastal ridge of the wolds. Its main attractions are the views of the wolds and also the view from the wolds down onto the coastal plain. The area is crossed by one major road but apart from that there is little to disturb the peace of the area.

The walk starts from the Royal Oak pub in the beautiful village of Little Cawthorpe and crosses the village past the springs and pond before heading away steadily uphill along a quiet, wooded lane, to arrive at the noisy intrusion of the A16 road. Beware, this is a fast-moving stretch of road and the walk deliberately crosses at a particular point to ensure that you have as clear a view and safe a crossing as possible. Once crossed the walk resumes on a peaceful lane that winds and climbs up into the wolds. You will pass the village of Haugham (pronounced 'haff-am') with its beautiful little church (usually open and easily accessed with a small detour) and cross a small valley before climbing onto one of the higher ridges of the wolds. The walk leaves the lane and cuts across country, with spectacular views out to the coast, before dropping into the tiny village of Burwell. You pass the springs that give the village its name before crossing the A16 (40mph limit so a bit safer) again to the octagonal church hall. There is the chance for a rest here, either at The Stag's Head Inn or in the churchyard of St Michael's, where there is a seat for a picnic.

From Burwell climb again onto a ridge and follow it north before turning east to descend past Haugham Wood, again with spectacular views to the coast, before returning to the Royal Oak by the back route, across humps and hollows that mark a part of Little Cawthorpe that has been abandoned, in common with many of the small rural villages in this area.

Ideally this walk should be undertaken when the weather allows clear views to enjoy the full glory of it.

England - East England - Lincolnshire - Lincolnshire Wolds


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