ROTHWELL BONE CRYPT (8 MILES)
Under a church hides a forgotten 13th-century ossuary containing the remains of around 2,500 people.
If you would like to combine a fantastic guided walk in the Northamptonshire countryside, and then explore this very unique and quirky find (Rothwell Bone Crypt), then book now!
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THE BASIC ITINERARY
This is a 3-hour event that will commence at 10 am – 1pm
Rothwell Pocket Park.
Schedule of events:
- 10.45am – Introductions and check-in
- 11 am – approx 8-mile walk, led by Adventure Geek aka Julia Doherty
- 12.30am (ish) We will stop for a few breaks along the route (sweets provided by Adventure Geek)
- 2 pm – Walk Ends
- 2.30pm – explore Bone Crypt
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
For the walk:-
- Walking shoes or boots
- If you are a Nordic Walker then please bring your poles
- A drink and snacks
- Please be prepared to bring wet weather gear
- A hi-vis vest is essential on all walks (you can always borrow a hi-vis from the Adventure Geek mobile shop).
- Your phone or camera to take some awesome photos!
- Note: your fee includes entry to the Bone Crypt, but please bring some cash along to enjoy a coffee and some cake!
Did you know, Rothwell is called Rowell by today's inhabitants but it is derived from the Danish word Rodewell which means “The Settlement by the Red Well's or “The Clearing by the Stream where the Roe's Feed”.
This walk includes a guided tour of the local area, we will walk on well-trodden footpaths and bridleways and see some amazing views. There are sheep on a few of the fields, so please ensure that dogs have a lead.
This walk is suitable for people of all abilities. We guarantee that you will feel rejuvenated after this walk and ready to explore the Bone Crypt!
Scope walk video will be here soon.
WHAT IS THE BONE CRYPT?
The Holy Trinity Church in Rothwell, England is hiding a secret. It sits atop a small and mysterious 13th-century ossuary packed with the remains of around 2,500 people.
According to local legends, the crypt beneath the unassuming church was forgotten for centuries. It was allegedly rediscovered in the 18th century by a clumsy gravedigger who fell through a window and plummeted 12 feet in utter darkness before landing among the piles of bodies.
Though the crypt dates from the 1200s, the bones that fill it are from later centuries as well. People aren’t quite sure where the skeletons came from, or why they wound up there. It’s most likely they came from a nearby graveyard, but that didn’t stop some from conjuring up theories about medieval Danes slain in battle or a mass grave of plague victims.
The bones have recently been catalogued and organized by academics from the University of Sheffield. You can now see labelled skulls lining the shelves around the edges of the crypt and large piles of thigh bones in the centre of the room.
The crypt is accessed through a spiral staircase at the side of the church. It’s open to visitors most Sunday afternoons in summer months and is staffed by a team of volunteers, who are mostly members of the church congregation.
NEED TO KNOW
Food & Drink
Please note we do not supply any food or drinks for this day walk, however, we do provide sweets at the halfway point of the walk.
- Guided walk
- Sweets on the trail
- Qualified walk leader who is outdoor first aid trained.
- Entry to the Bone Crypt.
- As this is a popular event, we are unable to process any refunds if you cancel within 14 days of the event.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
There are no permissions expressed or implied by the Adventure Geek organisers. Participants make use of the facilities at their own risk and without express permission from the Adventure Geek organisers.
Walking is a physically active sport. If you have any doubts about your abilities, you should always seek advice from your GP before embarking on this walk.
By registering for an event you accept that you do so entirely at your own risk and that it is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and able to take part in the event. We regroup often and our walks cater for all levels of fitness.
Adventure Geek does not accept responsibility for injury, loss and damage sustained by a participant. By taking part in this event, you agree to do so at your own risk.