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Lincolnshire Wolds Black Death Challenge Walk

42 km / 26 miles

This John Merrill route links nine deserted medieval villages ravaged by the Black Plague. Visiting Kelstern, Donnington on Bain and Withcall, it is, in part, coincident with the Viking Way. The whole walk is a sheer delight through totally unspoilt graceful scenery to a cluster of small villages and hamlets rich in history and visiting the Hubbard Hills on route.


Path Type
Anytime Challenges
Anytime Challenges; Average Gradients
Start and Finish
TF326874 - St James Church, Louth, Lincolnshire
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Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Lincolnshire Wolds Black Death Challenge Walk (John Merrill Foundation - 2001)
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Mill Stream Barn  (bookable online)
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25 Km

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Route Profile:

38.4 Km (23.9 miles)
444 m (1,457 ft) ascent
153 m (502 ft)  maximum height