Lincolnshire Coastal Grazing Marshes have launched a series of walks to help people explore the marshes in a new way.
This year marks the end of the Lincolnshire Coastal Grazing Marshes Project’s Lottery funding and is the perfect time to explore the work that has been achieved. The three year project has saved the best until last with ten new walks with leaflets and downloadable audio guides, two new all ability trails and a cycle leaflet all being released this month. July will provide an opportunity to take on some of the walks at the same time as meeting the team and exploring the beautiful landscape.
Twelve Interpretation panels and three visitor hubs have also been installed following two years of consultation and design with local groups. The panels, which are located in the Coastal Grazing Marshes, are intended to help people explore and learn about the historic significance of the marshes and the habitat they provide for wildlife.
Project hubs include Burgh le Marsh Windmill, Saltlfeet New Inn and Farmer Brown’s Ice Cream Parlour, Huttoft. Topics include the industrial links with Europe, trade of salt and Longwool fleeces, drainage, smuggling, local churches, community history, migratory birds and species identification.
And, not forgetting, the Riddle of the Marshes - a nationally promoted treasure hunt similar to Kit Williams’ Masquerade in the seventies, that is currently getting global attention due to the 10oz gold prize!
Although the team will be keeping very tight lipped, the walks will be an opportunity to learn about the concept of the riddle and how it is proving successful in promoting the district in a whole new way.
Guided walks take place as follows:
‘Your County Needs Moo’
July 2, 10am – 1.30pm at Farmer Brown’s Visitor Centre, Huttoft, LN13 9RL
(Circular Walk, 3.5 miles) Join the team to explore the wildlife of Huttoft’s coast and grazing marshes.
Poplar Farm Smugglers Walk
July 5, 11am - 1pm at Poplar Farm, Crabtree Lane, Sutton on Sea, LN12 2RS
A guided walk through coast and marsh, bringing to life the smuggling history of this coastline. To book or for more information contact Helen Matthews on 07894 292641.
Burgh le Marsh Walk
July 7, 2pm – 5pm at Burgh le Marsh Windmill, Burgh-le-Marsh, Skegness PE24 5JT
A 3.5 mile circular walk set in Burgh-le-Marsh and surrounding grazing marsh, with evidence of old farming systems and Burgh’s original village settlement.
Exploring Saltfleet and Skidbrooke
July 11, 1pm - 3pm at Saltleet New Inn, LN11 7RZ
This walk visits the site of the historic port and leaning churches which were once at the centre of these moving industrial communities.
Louth to Rushmoor and beyond (part of the project’s Tour de France celebrations)
July 12, 10.30am - 12pm at Meridian Leisure Centre, Louth, LN11 8RS
Join the Skyride campaign on a gentle eight mile cycle ride around the Saltfleetby area as part the 2014 ‘Seven Wanders’ events. Book through the Skyride website or contact the team on 01507 613134.
Two Churches and a Canal
July 16, 6pm - 8pm at Two Churches, Alvingham, LN11 0QD
Join Geoff Mullett from Grimsby and Louth Ramblers, on a level, circular walk along Louth Canal through the mid marsh communities of Alvingham and North Cockerington.
July 27, 1pm at Anderby Creek, Skegness PE24 5XW
A walk around the coastal path and dune systems to see what butterflies, damselflies and dragonflies can be spotted.
For more information visit www.lincsmarshes.org.uk