Hunt for treasure and Arnhem artefacts in Caythorpe forms part of walking festival

Walkers gather with churchwarden Joanne Russell (right) beside the boulder brought 8,000 miles to commemorate Signals action in the Falklands War.
Walkers gather with churchwarden Joanne Russell (right) beside the boulder brought 8,000 miles to commemorate Signals action in the Falklands War.

A BBC radio treasure hunt was launched at the start of the latest walk in the South Lincolnshire Walking Festival from St Vincent’s Church in Caythorpe on Sunday.

The ‘Wing and a Prayer’ walk took in a three-mile route around the village and finished at the church, whose artefacts represent a shrine to airborne forces over the years.

Pirate Gold reporter Amanda White examines the plaque commemorating 216 Squadron losses in the Falklands War.

Pirate Gold reporter Amanda White examines the plaque commemorating 216 Squadron losses in the Falklands War.

Churchwarden Joanne Russell showed walkers some of the Arnhem-related items destined for a new display area once extensive church restoration work is completed.

The church is the spiritual home of 1st Airborne 216 Signals Squadron, billeted in the village for training before they flew to Arnhem in 1944 from nearby Fulbeck airfield, and now hosting a regular September commemorative event.

The clue that attracted BBC Radio Lincolnshire’s aviation heritage-themed Pirate Gold programme to Caythorpe read: “From France a Saint, or Annie Clark, a place with many a famous plaque, see the river crossing aisle and take a walk. It’s just three mile.”

The free guided walk, which attracted people from as far away as Doncaster, is the third in as many days organised by South Kesteven District Council as its contribution to the festival.

Woodland walking in Bourne Wood.

Woodland walking in Bourne Wood.

On Friday a ’Grantham from the Top‘ health walk showed how easy it is to escape the town centre and soon be in rolling meadows on the Hills and Hollows above Grantham.

On Saturday the venue was Bourne Woods, the natural woodland now owned by the Forestry Commission and popular with wildlife lovers and walkers.

They were greeted by the sight of a wild buzzard and followed a route taking in woodland paths and open countryside.