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November 2, 2011

Walking the Wolds, day four – Mavis Enderby to Raithby by Spilsby

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Day four – Mavis Enderby to Raithby by Spilsby

The dogs and I took advantage of a lift to Mavis Enderby – what a lovely name, and one which reminds me of a story told in the family:

A very well-spoken gentleman stopped to ask a local man the way to “Enderby” (Imagine extreme plumb-in-mouth accent), to which came the reply, in a broad Lincolnshire dialect, “woodbaggamarevis?”  (To any reader not familiar with the area, that was: Wood Enderby, Bag Enderby, or Mavis Enderby?)

Anyway, back to the walk!

When you’re driving eastward along the B1195 to Spilsby, or west towards the main Lincoln to Skegness road, it’s very easy to dismiss Mavis Enderby, which appears to consist of just a few houses either side of the road near the turn-off for Old Bolingbroke.  But, take the quiet road into the village proper and you’re rewarded with a secluded cluster of old houses, a square-towered church almost hidden by trees, a rather large house standing in an imposing position to the north of the church and a view of hills, woods and ponds not visible from the road.

It was here that we began our walk.
There were a number of stiles to negotiate – not always easy with two dogs on leads, especially if the stile sits at the top of a steep rise, but there were holes for the dogs to climb through. I was grateful I didn’t have to man-handle them over the top! (Spike’s heavy!)
This was a short walk of about three quarters of a mile, through a mixture of pasture and arable fields. Rapeseed is a prevalent crop around here, but the surprise for me was a healthy-looking stand of sweetcorn.

Dropping down into Raithby was a bit dicey, with the footpath across the final grass field flanked on both sides by an electric fence! I had a tight hold on the dogs’ leads at that point!

Raithby (by Spilsby, not to be confused with cum Maltby) is an attractive village with an interesting history, connected with John Wesley.  In July 1788 he recorded in his journal,

“We went to Raithby, an earthly paradise. How gladly would I rest here a few days”.

The Wesley Chapel, built for him during his ministry, is situated within the stables of Raithby Hall, now converted to mews.

I had planned to continue the walk to Hundleby, by the right of way marked on the map to the north of the road from Raithby,  but that one evaded me. I could find no signposts or any evidence of a footpath across the fields where it’s supposed to be, so I tracked around the headland and then rejoined the road instead. I intend to go back and try that one again – it might need a letter to the council and/or the Ramblers Association to see what might have happened to it!


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