Belchford is a small village of about 200 inhabitants situated in the
East Lindseydistrict of Lincolnshire, England, about 11 km ("7 miles") north of Horncastle and just to the east of the A153 road.
The village history dates back to ancient times connected with the Romans and the Vikings. During the Reformation of the English Christian church, in 1536, the vicar of Belchford was hanged, drawn and quartered for treason, after leading a rebellion against the crown.
The steep hills and deep valleys which surround the village are always a surprise to the numerous walkers and other visitors who come from outside, as Lincolnshire has a reputation for being flat. However, Belchford lies in the
Lincolnshire Wolds, which are a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, running from Louth in the north, to Horncastle in the south. This makes it a popular destination for ramblers, as well as hang-gliders who use the ridges from the Bluestone Heath Roadto launch into the valley.
Viking Waya nationally recognised long distance footpathpasses through Belchford by the Blue Bell Inn, on its way from the Humberin the north to Rutlandin the south.
The Blue Bell Inn
The village is served by the Blue Bell Inn, which has been trading for hundreds of years. It is now home to a well renowned restaurant, as well as a friendly bar area, which serves a number of local brews as well as the more well known beers.
Belchford Downhill Challenge
The Belchford Downhill Challenge is held every year in September. It's a competition for gravity powered soapbox carts that race down a half mile course on a steep closed public road at up to 50 mph. There is no charge for spectators and the event is a popular family day out. Spectator turnout for the event has been up to 3,000.
Rules and entry forms are available at www.belchford.org.uk
South Wold Hunt
The South Wold Hunt is based near Belchford and is a small, friendly hunt.
The hunt was founded in 1823 by the Hon. George Pelham (the younger brother to Lord Yarborough). In the mid 1850's the hunt built kennels at Belchford. During the Second World War the Agricultural Executive occupied the kennels and so the country was temporarily split with the hounds kennelled at
Aswardbyon the eastern side and Edlington Hall on the western side. The pack were united again in the 1948/1949 season when the hounds returned to the kennels at Belchford where they remain today. The South Wold Hounds are hunted every Saturday and most Tuesdays throughout the season.
The hounds are hunted over a varied country which includes part of the
Lincolnshire Woldsand the Marsh. The country extends from Market RasenRacecourse in the North West to the coast in the East. Woodhall Spais at the South West of the Hunts' country.
* [http://www.e-lindsey.gov.uk/ East Lindsey District Council website]
* [http://www.belchford.org.uk/index.html Belchford Ahead website]
* [http://belchford-downhill.tripod.com/ Belchford Downhill Challenge website]
* [http://southwoldhunt.co.uk/ South Wold Hunt website]
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