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Byards Leap

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Byards Leap
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A17 junction with the B6403 at Byard's Leap - Geograph - 1339518.jpg
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Byards Leap
Highway Authority
Junction Type
Give Way Junction
Roads Joined
A17, B6403
Junctions related to the B6403

Byards Leap is a junction on the A17 in Lincolnshire.

The junction is named after a piece of local folklore:

The site of Byards Leap

The story, re-told by Ethel Rudkin, states there was a witch called Old Meg, an evil crone who plagued the local villagers from her cave or hut in a spinney near the turning to Sleaford on Ermine Street, here called High Dike. She was a bane of the countryside and caused the crops to whither. A local champion, a retired soldier, came forward in response to the villagers' requests, and he asserted that he could kill her by driving a sword through her heart. To select a horse suitable for this task, he went to a pond where horses drank and dropped a stone in the pond, selecting the horse that reacted quickest, and this horse was known locally as 'Blind Byard', as he was blind.

The champion went to the witch’s cave and called her out, but the witch refused, saying she was eating and he would have to wait. However, she crept up behind him and sank her long nails into the horse who ran, leaping over 60 feet (18 m). The champion regained control of the horse when they reached the pond, pursued by the witch, where he turned and thrust his sword into her heart, and she fell into the pond and drowned.

(source: wikipedia)


Route To Notes


Sleaford, Cranwell (B1429) Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre


Newark, (A1), Lincoln (A607),


Ancaster Low Bridge.3 miles. 4.1m 13'3"

Byards Leap
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Junctions on the A17
Coddington Interchange • Winthorpe Interchange  • Byards Leap  • Holdingham Roundabout  • Sleaford Rugby Club Junction • Swineshead Bridge  • Bicker Bar Roundabout  • Sutterton Roundabout  • Stimpson's Cross • Peppermint Junction • Five Lanes End • Pullover Roundabout

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