Hills, Holes and a Stately Home
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Dean will be leading this walk as his assessment to become an ODL Lowland and Hill Walk Leader.
We will start by walking out of Barnack and through the Hills and Holes Nature Reserve. This site of special scientific interest was first exploited
by the Romans over 1500 years ago and quarryring continued up to medieval times. The stone, known as "Barnack Rag", was used in the construction of the Cathedrals at Peterborough and Ely and also the Abbeys at Crowland, Ramsey, Sawtry and Bury St Edmunds.
We'll then continue along the "course" of the ancient Roman Road "Ermine Street". The road was built around 43AD and was an important military and trade route that ran for 200 miles from Bishopsgate in London, through Lincoln and onto York. By the 18th Century the road became a busy Stage Coach route and was known as the Great North Road.
From there we'll walk into Burghley Park and have a nice picnic with a lovely view of Burghley House. The house is famous for the annual Burghley Horse trials and is one of the largest and grandest surviving houses of the sixteenth century. The house was conceived by William Cecil, Lord High Treasurer to Queen Elizabeth I, between 1555 and 1587, and is still occupied by the Cecil Family
After we've eaten, we'll do a quick loop in front of the house, then down into Stamford and through the other side. Here, we'll pick up the path by the side of the disused "Welland Navigation" canal, that ran from Stamford to Market Deeping. Claimed to be one of the earliest Post Roman canals in England, the site is now a picturesque nature reserve.
We then take a gentle ascent back up to Barnack Church, where we'll finish our walk.
Is it dog friendly? Yes!! 4 legged friends are welcome, but please abide by the Countryside Code (https://tinyurl.com/rlqvp3h) and note there are a couple of stiles to cross. There are Fallow Deer in the grounds of Burghley Park, so please ensure your dog can be fastened securely whilst we have our picnic. Please remember not everyone loves dogs as much as you do so please be mindful of other members.
New Members - I would like to warmly welcome any newbies looking perhaps to try this as their first Outdoor Lads event. You may find this link useful https://www.outdoorlads.com/my-first-event or if you have If you have any questions then feel free to message me.
Image credits: Photos are all the property of Dean Vellam and I give full consent for these to be used for OutdoorLads purposes at any time.
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What to bring
It will be spring but the weather may still be unpredictable.
Please ensure you have adequate layers to keep warm and waterproofs to keep you dry in case of rain. Many of the paths are across open fields, which can be quite muddy underfoot, especially after rain, so you'll want decent boots and preferably gaiters too.
Note that the kit list below is only a broad general guide and you will need to consider the weather forecast and specific conditions when deciding what to wear closer to the time.
Hand sanitiser and a face covering: whilst we are living with Covid-19, please bring your own to events to help keep everyone safe
Water: bring at least two litres
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Day rucksack: typically 20-30 litres, they are comfortable to wear and allow you to use your arms freely
Boots: waterproof and breathable and designed for hiking.
Gaiters: recommended for wet weather or boggy conditions
Socks: proper walking socks will keep your feet dry and help prevent blisters
Layered clothing: lets you quickly adapt to changes in the weather and body temperature. Go for a base layer (vest or t-shirt) and a mid layer (a micro fleece or shirt) and in cooler weather add an outer layer (a windproof jacket or thick fleece)
Trousers: ideally no jeans as they become heavy and cold in the rain, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry and on warm days shorts are OK
Waterproof jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry
Gloves: Windproof, or better still, waterproof gloves are the best choice, bring a spare pair if expecting rain
Hat or cap: stay warm in winter and shaded in summer
Sunglasses: for any sunny day, even in winter
Sun cream: can be useful even on cloudy and winter days
Snacks: bring biscuits, energy bars, gels, bananas, chocolate or dried fruit for example and put them somewhere easy to get hold of
Lunch: bring a packed lunch unless otherwise stated
Food & drink
Please bring a packed lunch, snacks and plenty of hydration, as we'll be having a picnic in the grounds of Burghley House.