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Thursday, 28 October 2010

A walk along the Low Villages

I managed to get out of my dog walking duties today, and have a day out. The morning was bright and sunny again, aren't we lucky having so many nice days. I didn't want to drive very far, or go near any towns, so I kept to the country roads and went along the side of the river to South Ferriby, past the cement works, and turned right. I went through Horkstow, Saxby All saints, and found a parking space outside the village hall at Bonby.

I left the road and followed the footpath up the fields, there are gentle rolling hills around here, nothing too strenuous. This path goes through the middle of the field. Next to the wooden finger post is a smaller concrete post with the name Godfrey on it. I'm not sure what that means, maybe it's some kind of memorial for Godfrey who liked walking there. Someone had plonked a wooly hat on top of it.

Here is another field with the path going straight through it. The kind farmer has run his tractor over it, just so us walkers can find our way. You would think the path would be round the edge, but no, the signpost says it goes diagonally across.

Coming into Worlaby I saw this fountain, the date carved into the stone above it said 1874. It's a shame that there was no water, I decided not to toss a coin into it and make a wish.

Worlaby church is very pretty, the gardens are neat and tidy, and someone has made a flower garden at the front of it. A lovely place to sit for a few moments.

The entrance porch is built of wood, it's quite unusual.

Just look at this magnificent golden tree, it is stunning. You don't need to travel to the USA to see the 'Fall', we have it right here on our doorsteps.

Leaving Worlaby, I set off along the fields for Elsham.

You can't see it on the photo but in the distance I can see the wind turbines which are three miles from my house, and I am standing about sixteen miles away here.

I spotted this blaze of colour from a distance, in the hedgerow, an opportunity for an almost perfect picture. Shame about the shadow over part of the field behind the hedge.

The church at Elsham is covered in scaffolding, so there was no poing in taking any photo's of it, but, right next to it is the most stunning red tree I have ever seen. It was absolutely glorious. I just had to sit awhile to gaze at the beauty of it.

The leaves had started to fall, and the ground had a red carpet all around it.

I was a little bit naughty and stole a few leaves, here they are, I put them through the scanner. Shhh, don't tell anyone.

Elsham has a hall and gardens, and a country park, alas today it is closed. I was speaking to a local lady who tells me that even the residents of the village cannot get in without paying. It is privately owned.

From Elsham I went over the top of the M180 at junction 5, to Barnetby le Wold, where I saw this american car. Whip out the camera pretty quick before someone tells me to buzz off.

From Barnetby I was walking along the side of the railway line towards Melton Ross, when I saw a dodgy looking bloke lurking. I thought it a bit odd that he should be just hanging around doing nothing, his bag on the ground next to him.

So nosey me said hello and asked him what he was waiting for. It turned out that he was a train spotter, from Reading, which is over 200 miles away. My goodness they are keen aren't they. He told me he was waiting to take a photo of a goods train because that particular make was becoming quite rare, and in a few years there wouldn't be many left. Well each to their own I suppose.

As I got back onto the road there was two more trainspotters on the bridge, I asked them where they were from. Sheffield, they said. Ah well, not quite so far away.

I have to remember that the days getting shorter, and I still want to pack as much as I can into them. The sun had gone and it was becoming overcast, best not push my luck, time to head home. I got back to the car at 5.45pm and needed to put the headlights on to drive the 13 miles home. Glad I have a bowl of home made soup to warm up in the microwave.

Today I have walked 14.77 miles, getting back into the swing of it now. I must keep it up through the winter months, so I don't seize up. Back to dog walking tomorrow.


  1. Nice pictures. The funny red tree is an acer.
    They are beautiful! You can get them in all kinds of colours, from yellow, orange, lime green and copper to even purple. And they can be bought as miniatures to sit on your patio, as well. They are originaly from Japan, I think. Well, looks like you had a good day out!

  2. I enjoyed that walk Ilona, I felt like I walked with you today. I love Acers but I beleive they dont fare well in windy situations, thats Hillside out then!
    I particularly liked the photo of the path across the fields to Elsham, where you pointed out the wind turbines. I felt as if I could just walk and keep on walking.

  3. "Godfrey" Could be RJ & AE Godfrey
    the farmer/seed merchant. See if you want to put this one to bed!


  4. Brian, you are exactly right, thank you for the tip off. It seems John Godfrey is a big player in the farming world round these parts. He owns lots of land, grows potatoes, peas, and oil seed rape, and the headquarters of the Lincolnshire Sausage Association is the same address as his farm. He raises pigs, and he was appointed the High Sherriff of Lincolnshire in April 2010. He has his fingers in a lot of pies, pork pies by the sound of it, ha ha. Oh, and he sponsors Barton Beer Festival. Must be worth a few bob.

  5. Lovely photos and I enjoyed walking with you today!

  6. I did enjoy your walk and the scenery made me feel quite nostalgic for childhood days. My late Mum was born and grew up in Howsham , which can`t be far from you. I loved visits to my grandparents and the quiet of those north Lincolnshire villages. My grandparents and great grandparents are in the churchyard at Cadney.

    Do they still make Sargeants Ice cream at Hibaldstow?

  7. Hi Dartford Warbler, they do indeed still make Sargeants ice cream at Hibaldstow, and very tasty is is indeed. They have a parlour that you can call in at, and sample all kinds of delicious flavours.


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