The Buckfast Millennium Pilgrimage 2019

Day 2: Lincoln to Wragby

Today's walk begins with a climb up Steep Hill to Lincoln Cathedral after which the walk is downhill and mostly flat. After the service, we leave Lincoln heading east on the Viking Way (also Stephen Langton Trail) though the city's outskirts, cross the main railway line with care and pass under the Eastern Bypass (under construction) to prayers at All Saints, Greetwell, overlooking the River Witham. We then follow the river bank to Fiskerton for lunch. In the afternoon, we head across farmland and rural trails to Barlings Abbey ruins: prominent on raised land and offering our last view of Lincoln Cathedral. Archbishop Stephen Langton, who was born in Langton by Wragby and assisted King John in negotiations with the barons may well have stayed at Barlings Abbey on his journeys to and from Lincoln. In 2015, The Stephen Langton Trail was set up in his honour to mark the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. We leave the Viking Way as it heads south but continue on the Stephen Langton Trail to the tiny chapel of St Andrew's, Apley. Thereafter we traverse farmland, skirt the ancient Bardney Limewoods before leaving the trail to walk along the pavement (B1202) into Wragby, a small town, with a couple of pubs, and a swimming pool which is opening specially for us from 18.30 to 19.20.

Pilgrimage Newsfeed - Day 2

Michael and Susan with their support car hbuxton

The minister of the URC Church sends us off in prayer. Gill Godber - Photography

Up to the Cathedral again John Chenery

I'm on backmarking duty today John Chenery

1940s weekend in Lincoln John Chenery

Lincoln Cathedral Entrance Louise

Animal with Dragon in its mouth carved on seat arm in the quire stalls in Lincoln Cathedral. claregamble

Our Lady of Lincoln - Mary Mother of God - Sculpture as Icon Ceri Potts

The minister welcomes us to the 9.30 sung eucharist John Chenery

Coffee in the Chapter House John Chenery

40s dancing by the Cathedral claregamble






Frontmarkers at Greetwell Susan Adilz

Outside All Saints, Greetwell Susan Adilz

Prayers at All Saints, Greetwell Susan Adilz

Our first Churchstop, at All Saints Greetwell Adilz, Fred (KWLWG)

Leaving the prayer stop in All Saints, Greetwell, where Fr Tony had made introductory remarks about St Hilda John Chenery

Looking back to All Saints Adilz, Fred (KWLWG)

Looking towards the River Witham Susan Adilz

All Saints, Greetwell John Chenery

View back to Lincoln John Chenery

Lunch in the Carpenters Arms, Fiskerton John Chenery

In St Clement's Fiskerton, Ceri introduced this year's theme, Justice, Prudence, Strength, Wisdom John Chenery

Front markers at Barlings Abbey Adilz, Fred (KWLWG)

Backmarkers Sarah and Louise and the last view of Lincoln Cathedral ... today John Chenery

Barlings Abbey ruins John Chenery

The tiny church of St Andrew, Apley John Chenery

St Andrew, Apley, where Michael and Susan had explained how to volunteer for the prayer stops for the remainder of the pilgrimage. John Chenery

Lots of arrows. Could this signify arrival at the hall? John Chenery

in fact all those arrows indicated sabotage as some were incorrectly and misleadingly pointing left John Chenery

The real end of today's walk at Wragby Town Hall. It had stayed dry despite the forecast. John Chenery