|The Wayfarers Walking Club was formed in October 2003 at the instigation of Deaconess Christine Milnes who was at the time attached to the Barton-Brigg Circuit of the Methodist Church, with the aim providing opportunities for exercise, exploration and fellowship for North Lincolnshire Churchgoers, their families and friends. Many of the walkers are Methodists, and there is further information about their walking activities on the Grimsby-Lincoln District web site.
Planning for its activities is the responsibility of a small Steering Group of volunteers who produce a Walks Programme every year. After a disastrous opening expedition when horrendous weather caused its abandonment, the Wayfarers have maintained a schedule of monthly walks, each of a distance between 5 and 10 miles, mostly with starting points in Northern Lincolnshire but some on the North Bank of the Humber in East Yorkshire.
On November 11 2006, Don Ainley, an enthusiastic promoter of the Group from its initiation, died aged 73. Don was the principal organiser after Christine's departure and his death will be a severe loss to the group. He is remembered for his skills as photographer, teacher and chemical educationist as well as enthusiastic walk leader. For a tribute to Don by Peter Thomas click here.
Walks have started in Barton, Brigg, Barnetby, Bigby, Burton-on-Stather, Epworth, Grasby (to Caistor), Great Limber (on the Brocklesby Estate), Louth, Market Rasen (to Tealby and Walesby along the Viking Way) and Wold Newton. The North Bank has provided starts at Welton, Skidby, Brantingham, Brough and Thixendale.
The cost of walking with the Wayfarers is minimal - just £1 per person per walk!