Walk 1712 - printer friendly version
Risby from Tealby Walk
Author - Hugh Marrows
Length - 3.5 miles / 5.7 km
Ascent - 400 feet / 121 metres
Grade - easy
Start - OS grid reference TF157909
Lat 53.40225 + Long -0.26119704
Postcode LN8 3XW (approx. location only)
This short walk samples the roller coaster paths over Lincolnshire's highest Wolds. This is Lincolnshire's best hill walking country. This walk is a section of walk 3224, which is the classic hill walk in the Lincolnshire. Part of the route follows the Viking Way. Refreshments can be obtained in Tealby at the tearooms or one of the inns.
Tealby has long been regarded one of Lincolnshire's prettiest villages. Shown as "Tavelsbi" in the Domesday Book its abundant streams good water supplied fourteen watermills and in later years paper was milled there (there's still a Papermill Lane). On the hilltop the golden-coloured, ironstone church of All Saints has Tennyson family memorials inside.
Despite the interest in the villages, on this walk it is the scenery we have come for! Although the terrain is demanding the views are memorable throughout and spectacular in places.
Park considerately along Front Street in Tealby or near the church. Walk through Tealby (as necessary) and enter Caistor Lane by the church. Go left behind the church and then turn right up a signed track, continuing at the top through a gate towards a waymark at a hedge end. Now bear half right to a stile in the field corner and then after two more stiles head down to North Wold Farm. From the farmyard turn right up a track to a road, go left for 300 yards then left again on another signed track down through Risby Manor Farm to a cattle grid.
Now turn left along the Viking Way, keeping ahead to a stile before veering left uphill to a waymark and stile at the edge of woods known as Bedlam Plantation. The path runs just within the trees, exiting near Castle Farm and then turns left down the valley heading back towards Tealby. In the final field head diagonally to a gate in top left hand corner.
You will arrive back just below Tealby church. (The path opposite leads down to Front Street, the tearooms and the inn.)