During the spring and summer of 2011 I walked in stages (a few hours here, a few hours there) sixty miles along one of my local, long-distance footpaths: the Viking Way. (For my old posts on this, click here.) It was high time I thought about completing the remaining ninety miles, the section running east of Lincoln across the Witham Valley, then north over the chalk hills of the Lincolnshire Wolds to the Humber Bridge. So yesterday I decided to nibble at another short chunk of the path, and covered the flat, mostly dead straight seven miles from Lincoln City Bus Station to Fiskerton village. The trail follows the trackbed of an old railway line now used by pedestrians and cyclists as a recreational route. Though the afternoon was dull and cloudy, it did not rain, and an invigorating breeze blew over open field and fen.
|It was good to be back on the trail. I soon came across the reassuringly familiar Viking's helmet marker.|
|This is a land of drains and ditches, fen and rough pasture, long horizontals and far horizons. Here a pair of mute swans make their graceful way up a drainage channel. Can you spot Lincoln Cathedral in the distance? Parallel to this ditch . . .|
|. . . flows the sluggish, navigable River Witham. I took this photo from Five Mile Bridge near Fiskerton.|
|I passed these scrap metal cow sculptures . . .|
|. . . near the village of Washingborough, where more swans were gliding downstream in a rare glitter of sunlight . . .|