The next morning dawned bright and sunny once more, but with a strong south westerly wind. Once again heavy wintry showers were forecast. On the outskirts of Horncastle we turned onto the back road to Fulletby. We immediately began climbing up into the Wolds and gained increasingly expansive views back over Horncastle and the flat landscape beyond. Fulletby is a very attractive village set high on a ridge of the Wolds overlooking Horncastle and the Bain Valley one way and Tetford and the valley of the River Lymn the other. The River Lymn is the 'Brook' which features in the famous poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson of the same name. We also looked down on the distinctive, conical shaped Hoe Hill rising out of the valley. After exploring the church and village, we descended quickly to Tetford for coffee and cake before continuing over the Wolds, passing the watermill at Ketsby and dropping down to the edge of the coastal marsh. Our route hugged the edge of the hills and into Louth. By now the weather was closing in we were caught in a sharp shower before stopping at the Woolpack by the Riverhead. After a well-timed lunch stop the rain had cleared and we meandered through the lanes to a point where we could cross the busy A16. It was good to see large numbers of cowslips gracing the verges and a good showing of early purple orchid. Now it was a case of girding our loins for the very steep climb up to North Elkington into the teeth of the wind. All was downhill after this, through the delightful Wold Newton Valley; or it would have been if we had stayed dry. The showers finally caught up with us and we had to endure a couple of freezing drenchings of rain, sleet and hail before reaching home.
An excellent couple of days during which we covered 104 miles at an average speed of 10.1 mph.