A Knight (Trail) To Remember
It’s the final weekend of the Lincoln Knights’ Trail, before they disappear off our streets for good. Molly’s blogger Desperate Dad urges us all to take up the challenge…
With our lunches packed and loins suitably girded, we sally-forthed into oblivion and boldly went somewhere similar we've been before. Not ones to leave things last minute, the Lincoln Knights' Trail has finally been chalked off our holiday 'to do' list and with only a few days to spare. This summer the city has once again been transported back in time, 800 years to be exact, to 1217 to mark the historic knight infested Battle of Lincoln and reissuing of the Magna Carta.
No less than 36 model Knights are proudly displayed across the city, much like the brilliant Barons we all enjoyed hunting a couple of years ago. With so many to claim this time around we were prepared to have to split proceedings into two parts on this occasion.
Nonetheless, armed with enough snacks to put Nestle out of business, we braved the overcast skies and hit the streets to see just how far we could get. In essence, the trail is divided into three sections: the Cathedral Quarter, High Street and Brayford Pool area.
Some of the designs were particularly dazzling. Highlights in the Bailgate (cathedral) area included the eye-catching Robin Hood inspired 'Lincoln Green' and the evocative nod to Bomber Command 'Knight of the Skies' knights. A lunchtime pit stop in the beautiful grounds of Lincoln Cathedral, spurred us in our quest and careering down Steep Hill we notched up 'The Knight Has A Thousand Eyes' and 'Knight Jigsaw' with consummate ease.
A bit out of the way sit the Usher Gallery's 'The Spirit Of Lincoln' and Monks Road's 'Knight Time', a tad tiring for wobbling little legs, but these were easily negotiated by whispered ice cream promises. These were duly delivered, along with essential liquid refreshments for mummy and daddy, on the bustling Brayford Pool via a quick memory lane mooch around the University of Lincoln.
Here we were disappointed not to be able to view the intriguing 'magic' knight, our Apple iPhones unfortunately not compatible, but it was still fun ushering the boys around their old folks' previous stomping grounds. As we made our way back up the High Street, spirits were buoyed as we realised we'd cracked the entire thing in one fell swoop.
'Libertas Per Sapientiam' the final knight ticked off with glee.
Badges and certificates in the bag, the consensus was that this was one adventurous quest we all thoroughly enjoyed undertaking. A terrific trail with some incredible artwork and a fantastic advert for our wonderful city yet again.
Where do we sign up for the next one?