Stephen Langton Trail

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Statistics and Files
Start: Langton-by-Wragby
Grid Ref: TF149768
Distance: 15 miles (24 km)
Climbing: 112 metres
Walk time: 6-8 hours
Days: 1

Ordnance Survey Explorer Map (1:25,000)

Summary: The Stephen Langton Trail is a footpath in Lincolnshire which commemorates a leading figure in the creation and signing of the Magna Carta. The trail leads from Stephen Langton's birthplace to the historic city of Lincoln and Lincoln Castle, home to an original copy of the 1215 Magna Carta. The trail leads from Langton-by-Wragby to Apley through the Lincolnshire Limewood Nature Reserve, Thistle Storr Wood near Apley, Remains of Barling Abbey, Fiskerton (along the Viking Way) and the River Witham Valley to Lincoln's Cathedral Quarter.

Archbishop Stephen Langton, who originated from the tiny village of Langton by Wragby played a key negotiating role between King John and his barons and he 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.

Useful Links:
Stephen Langton Trail Guide and Map (PDF)
Visit Lincoln
Splodz on the Stephen Langton Trail
Long Distance Walkers Association

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