Linda Patrick, Church Support Officer for National Churches Trust, reports on a recent guided walk as part of the trust’s Great Interpretations! project...

“Great walk, great weather, lovely churches, splendid company, cracking craic, excellent organisation – who could ask for anything more, who could ask for anything mooooorre!” said David Ede from Rotherham, one of 16 visitors who took part in the Wolds Welcome church walk towards the end of February.

Organised by the National Churches Trust, the nine-mile walk visited three rural churches situated along the Viking Way. The walk began at St Peter & St Paul in Belchford, and here the walkers learnt about the history of the church and the part it played in the Lincolnshire Rising, before Barbara and her team treated all to hot sausage rolls, plum bread and coffee to send them on their way. Next stop, St Martin’s at Scamblesby, where churchwarden Derek Elmhirst and his team offered a warm welcome and more cake. 

“It was lovely to be able to share our story of our church with such lovely people,” stated Derek. “We are only a small village but even St Martin’s has an interesting story to share. I bet not many people round here know the story about our font and how it was rescued after being smashed to pieces and left to ruin in the churchyard hedge!”

Leaving Scamblesby behind, and in the gorgeous February sunshine, the group walked up onto the Wolds, heading to Fulletby, where at St Andrew’s there was more cake and the most entertaining talk by churchwarden Paul Morris about local poet Henry Winn. Finally, we headed back to Belchford and, as the sun started to set, there was time for a welcome pint and a meal at the Blue Bell. 

By way of some background, we have been working with the churches of the Horncastle deanery now for nearly a year, with the aim being to help churches open their doors and welcome visitors to explore and discover the hidden stories contained within. Our day was lovely, the three churches certainly showed off their treasures and the welcome was second to none.

This guided walk was one of the initiatives of the Great Interpretations! project. It was delivered in conjunction with Brackenbury’s Britain, a tour company based in Nottingham, and was made possible by money raised by National Lottery players. Great Interpretations! is funded through the National Lottery Heritage Fund. 

Following the success of the day, The National Churches Trust is now looking to develop more guided walks between our churches over the coming year. To keep up with all the events happening, please visit the website and sign up to the newsletter, or contact me via email for more information.


Photos are courtesy of Explore Churches.