Epworth Circular Walk - March 17th

Posted 18/3/2018

Four hardy souls braved the wind and snow from the second ‘Beast From the East’ to complete Saturday’s 12 mile excursion from Epworth.

Setting off from the main car park we took a path behind St Andrew’s Church and immediately felt the severe cold as we walked into a bitterly cold wind blowing from the east. We then took a path which brought us out opposite a delightful windmill which had been converted into a private dwelling on the A161 Belton Road.

After crossing Belton Road we encountered the first of many heavy snow showers as we passed another disused windmill and then crossed the embankment of the former Axholme Joint Railway line which closed in 1965.

Passing Ellers and Ellers Cottage we then crossed West End Road before taking Scawcett Lane which we followed to the banks of the River Torne. A long exposed trek alongside the river followed before we reached Wroot Road which we walked along for a short distance before turning south along Greenholme Bank for another long straight section of the walk.

Upon reaching Haxey Turbay Nature Reserve on the left we had short break before continuing through the reserve, past Haxey Carr and then turned down past Summer Croft Farm and then Haslam’s Farm where there was a very large assortment of old disused combine harvesters!

We then continued along the Peatlands Way, past Cherry Orchard Farm, were we took a short lunch break, and then continued to the B1396 where we turned left and then reached the A161.Here we turned left and then crossed the road to turn right and continue along with Peatlands Way. At this point we endured the worst of the weather as the stinging wind drove the snow directly into faces as we struggled to make our way eastwards.

Luckily, the severe spells of weather didn’t last too long and as we made our way in a more northerly direction the worst of the weather was no longer blowing in our faces which made it much more comfortable to walk in.

We made our way past High Burnham and continued back to Epworth, emerging near to the Old Rectory and along the streets back to the car park. After shedding our wet and muddy footwear we made our way to the Red Lion Hotel for a richly deserved post walk drink.

Well done to the four of our regular walkers who completed this walk in demanding conditions.