Haxey – Westwoodside – Burnham – East Lound – Graizelound
Haxey Parish is a large rural area with over 40 miles of footpaths. It is located in the Isle of Axholme whch has many historic connections. E.g.the 12th century St Nicholas church, the Haxey Hood ancient “game” that takes place every year on 6th January. There are also Sites of Special Scientific Interest featuring rare flora.
Haxey is also on a hill ( the former Isle before the drainage of the surrounding land in the 17th century ) and offers long distance views of the surrounding countryside.
Three long distance foot paths also past through the Parish. These are ;-
Trent Valley Way ( length 77 miles )
Peatland Way ( length 50 miles )
Vermuyden Way ( length 25 miles )
St Nicholas Church is the largest building in the Isle of Axeholme and is sometimes known as The Cathedral of the Isle.
This is a good starting point for many of the walks.
Begun in the 14th century the Haxey Hood is an ancient traditional game played between the villages of Haxey and Westwoodside on the sixth of January, every year. It is one of England’s oldest events.
The game and the officials responsible for it raise a lot of money for local charities. More information on the “Hood” and the game’s origins can be found here.
A site of special Scientific Interest (SSI) Haxey Turbary is presently in the care of Lincolnshire Trust. It is an area where peat turves were cut by parishioners. It has a complex mixture of wet and dry areas. Birch woodland and fen plants grow including heather, cotton grass, bog rosemary and bog moss.
Drinks and refreshments can be obtained at the local public houses and shops:
Carpenters Arms, Westwoodside
Langholme Lane, off Akeferry Road farm shop and cafe (open Thursday to Sunday)
Westwoodside Stores and Post Office, Westwoodside
Co-op Store, Haxey
Duke William, Haxey
The Loco Haxey (evenings only)
Greenhills Store and Post Office, Haxey
Low Street Store, Haxey
Mowbrays Cafe, Haxey