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All Saints Church, Walesby (The Rambler's Church or The Old Church))

WELCOME TO WALESBY IN LINCOLNSHIRE (NOT WALESBY IN NOTTINGHAMSHIRE!)

Walesby is a parish and a village in the West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, 3 miles (4.8 km) north-east of Market Rasen and 7 miles (11 km) south of Caistor.

The parish covers about 3,600 acres (5.8 sq. miles or 15 sq. km) and includes the old hamlets of Risby and Otby. There are about 100 households in the parish and in 2001 the population was recorded at 225.

The village lies on the edge of the picturesque Lincolnshire Wolds which is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

The 147 mile Viking Way long distance footpath passes through the village bringing in many walkers throughout the year.

Also passing through Walesby is the 69 mile Lindsey Trail for walkers, cyclists, horses and carriages.

Also there is the 206 mile Fakenham to Hull section of the National Cycle Route 1.

The village is surrounded by farmland, some of which is used for arable crops and some for livestock including a commercial herd of red deer.

The village has the benefit of two churches; All Saints (aka The Old Church or The Ramblers Church) which dates back to the 12th century, and the newer St Mary’s Church erected in 1913/14. 

The  renowned Old Church sits on the Viking Way, high above the village on one of the highest points in Lincolnshire. One of the most popular events in Walesby is the annual Candlelight Carol service which is held in The Old Church.

The village enjoys an informal setting at the base of a steep hill. Housing varies greatly with a wide range of properties including ancient cottages, owner occupied farms, modern detached bungalows and houses, a few council houses and some luxurious family homes.

Many people work in service industries or for the council and some commute either to Lincoln, Grimsby or Louth. There are a significant number of retired folk and some who work from home.

A focal point in the village is Walesby Village Hall which was built in 1988, replacing an ex-army wooden hut.  Its position in the centre of the village helps to provide a focal point for the community, and many activities take place here.  The adjacent small car park has information about local walks making it a popular meeting point for ramblers using the Viking way.