Linby and Newstead -
16 January 2015
The icy weather didn’t stop 33 walkers turning out for a 7 miles walk led by Robert Mee.
Starting at the Horse and Groom, we went along the old railway line from the village, then turned onto the Newstead estate road, leading to the Abbey. The home of an Augustinian order from the twelfth century, this was turned into a residential house after the dissolution of the monasteries, and is, of course, best known as the home of Lord Byron.
Whilst we have organised previous walks in the area, on this occasion our route included
a stroll through the ornamental and formal gardens and grounds of the Abbey -
After leaving Newstead, our route went along part of the Robin Hood Way, until we
came to Papplewick. Papplewick Hall dates from the 1780s, and was built by Frederick
Montague; it is privately owned. Papplewick church is also from the eighteenth century,
but with a fourteenth-
Then back to the lovely village of Linby, past the second of its two ancient crosses, and a welcome ending at the pub/tea rooms.
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Our start (and end) point -
We had a couple of diversions on the way to Linby, but this footpath closure certainly wasn’t going to stop us!
The mock fort dates from the 1770s. With the lake frozen over, we considered walking to it (not really!)