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Stephen Langton Trail


24 km / 15 miles
Archbishop Stephen Langton, who originated from the tiny village of Langton by Wragby played a key negotiating role between King John and his barons. This Trail has been devised to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta in 1215. At Runnymede on 15 June 1215 Archbishop Langton was in attendance as one of the King’s Commissioners along with Bishop Hugh of Lincoln, whom he had consecrated. The trail leads from from the Langton's birthplace to the historic city of Lincoln and Lincoln Castle, home to an original copy of the 1215 Magna Carta.

The trail is split into three sections to allow for all abilities and so the walk can be split up over a space of time:
Section One leads from Langton-by-Wragby to Apley through the Lincolnshire Limewood Nature Reserve (4 miles)
Section Two from Thistle Storr Wood near Apley to Fiskerton along the Viking Way (6 1/2 miles)
Section Three follows the River Witham Valley from Fiskerton on a delightful riverside walk to Lincoln's Cathedral Quarter (6 1/2 miles).

Stephen Langton was instrumental in the sealing of Magna Carta being sympathetic to the rebel Barons' cause, meeting with them in 1213 and 1214 and influencing many clauses in the document itself. Copies were made to be sent across the land, including one inscribed 'Lincolnia' that still remains in Lincoln today.

Trail route description and map are avialable free to download from the links below.


Path Type: Other Paths
Attributes: Other Paths
Start: TF149768 - Langton-by-Wragby, Lincolnshire View on StreetMap
Finish: SK976718 - Castle Square, Lincoln, Lincolnshire View on StreetMap
Web Sites: Visit Lincoln - Stephen Langton Trail

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

External download Stephen Langton Trail  (Visit Lincoln ) Download
External download Stephen Langton Trail (route description)  (Visit Lincoln  - 2015 ) Download


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Route Profile:

24.2 km (15.0 miles)
175 m (574 ft) ascent
71 m (233 ft)  maximum height

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