The walk starts at Tealby in front of the village hall and shop, using Explorer Map 282, GR 157 908. Turn R and walk uphill, crossing the B1203 with church on your L, turning R into Caistor Lane; continue until the lane goes sharp L, continue straight on, footpath signed FP 125 High St 1 Mile. This is well marked to the High St. Cross with care, very busy road. Take footpath immediately opposite with telegraph poles on your L, turning L when Stainton-le-Vale road is reached and follow the road down. When road turns sharp L at Sutton Estate Farm, take bridleway to your R, turning L through hedge. Follow path round field edge, up a steep bank in the trees, turning L at the top. With hedge on your L follow the path down and over the bridge and angle slightly R. A gate, paddock and further gate brings you to Manor House Farm at Kirmond-le-Mire; proceed to the road.
Cross the main road onto a good bridle path; continue till the track divides, take the L fork and continue round small wood with stream on L. As track turns R, turn L at bridleway sign over wooden bridge, then turn R with stream on your R; path becomes a good track, passing the fishing lakes. As track turns R, carry straight on at bridleway sign and then round to the R; all lakes are now on your R. Passing the cottage, turn L, then R to go round the barn and passing the large house on your R, carry straight on to the road and angle R up the hill. At the top of the rise turn R at a footpath and cross two fields, going L at the track. If you would like to visit the church, the White Hart or Black Horse, continue L down to the road and turn R. Otherwise carry straight on to footpath, passing the new house on your R and continue to end of good track, turn L down to Ludford village on the A631, turn R and continue, passing the village hall car park and past the Viking Way Cafe to a permissive footpath signed as the Viking Way. Turn R and follow the path, passing the farm buildings to the far field corner, turn L and proceed to the Caistor High St B1225. Turn R and after 100 yds turn L onto footpath opposite a farm and follow the VW to Tealby. The route is well marked and easy to follow; when you reach the proper farm track, turn L down the track, still on the VW. On crossing the stream continue up the road to the shop and hall where the walk started.
Some information about Dave
Dave was taken prisoner after the evacuation at Dunkirk and survived the infamous Death March. In 1990 he walked from Lincoln to Dunkirk, raising many thousands of pounds for charity.
To celebrate the week of his 80th birthday he walked 80 miles with some of his LDWA friends, starting with the Belmont 30.
He also walked the 43 mile Lyke Wake Walk in 17 hours and The Scarborough Rock 25 mile challenge was one of his favourites, which he completed 10 times.
At 81 he also completed the Yorkshire 3 Peaks.
Sadly he died in 2010, aged 94. He was an inspiration to us all!
Amenities en route
Ludford - 2 pubs - Black Horse and White Hart + Viking Way Cafe
Tealby - 2 pubs - The Barn and The KingÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Head + Tealby Tea Rooms 01673 838261.
Village shop on Beck Hill
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