It was a pleasure to welcome new members on their first walk with us as they joined 26 others on this gentle ramble starting in Laceby.
Situated on the outskirts of Grimsby, the village is noted for its parish church, parts of which date to the 12th century. We gathered by the church and set off across the fields to Aylesby, mainly along field headlands towards Wybers Wood.
The afternoon return leg took us through some wetland areas and alongside the River Freshney and Laceby Beck. Ornithological highlights of the day were groups of cormorants drying their wings, a perched sparrowhawk (see photos) and several buzzards circling and mewling above some woodland. Although muddy in parts, this was a straightforward level walk in the fresh air and occasional sunshine. The Route – 9.3 mile circular taking in Laceby, Aylesby Healing, Wybers Wood, and Laceby.
From the entrance to the car park, turn left past the church and at the public library turn left again and continue in a north westerly direction. On reaching the road turn left to Aylesby.
Walk along Nooking Lane crossing a roundabout then turn left onto Aylesby Lane. To left and right are wind turbines. At a waymarker post turn right and after 100m turn left with a dyke on your left. Ignore the next footpath to right, but after 50m the path goes through a hedge on right in a North Easterly direction. At a waymarker just as you approach the start of a road, turn left and walk across field towards buildings. Make your way through the gravel car park, and trees to reach a main road. Turn right and head for the T junction, turn left, then first right. Remain on the road. After eight minutes reach a T junction, where you turn right onto Oak Road, then through the gates into the Sports Ground and British Legion. Head left to the edge of the field and follow the railway line of the left. Continue crossing footbridge. 100m before the railway bridge, by a waymarker, turn diagonally right. On reaching an embankment climb up and cross busy road, continue crossing wooden bridge to field boundary. At the waymarker arrow follow this as it zig zags towards a road and turn left, passing Hunters Close with housing on the left. Continue to the T junction (Old Road). Turn right then right again at the roundabout (Humber Bridge). At the next roundabout turn left (Laceby) until reaching Cormorant Drive and turn left. You now enter the Wybers Wood housing conurbation and follow the path between houses then follow road right and after 100m left and eventually right again until reaching a small shopping centre, with McCalls ahead. Take the footpath to right of McCalls and follow right then left then left again at T junction then first right and right again out of estate. Head towards a wooden bridge and turn left then continue with small lake on the right, ignoring path of left continue ahead on Nev Cole Way. In the distance the two wind turbines spotted on the outward leg. At a footbridge crossing the river turn left and follow the path as it swings right. The river now on your left hand side, and as it disappears left, continue ahead with a lake on your left. At the field boundary by a fingerpost the path turns left and continue in this direction over a wooden bridge and passed more finger posts as you approach Laceby Village. At the T Junction by the Royal British Legion turn left, and follow road right back to the church. Coming soon is Doncaster Walking Festival May 26 to June 3. Visit www.doncasterramblers.org.uk/ for more.