A brief explanation of the maps and cross sections included in this post. The map below is designed specifically to highlight the irregular distribution of hills in the area, which is unusual for a chalk escarpment in England and is due to the many different bands of sediment that lie between the top of the […]
Geological Profiles of Snipe Dales & Lymndale.
Overview The following series of profiles are cross-sections of Snipe Dales and its beck down to and including the River Lymn. They show how although the band of Spilsby Sandstone is only around ten metres thick, with it dipping gently from southwest to northeast, it continues the length of the dale from Winceby to Sausthorpe […]
Beyond Snipe Dales
Snipe Dales Beck starts near the small dispersed hamlet of Winceby. Here the spring line between the porous Spilsby Sandstone and impervious Kimmeridge Clay beneath is just below the 100-metre contour. Six kilometres east and after a descent of eighty metres Snipe Dales Beck joins the River Lymn where this same geological boundary is nearer […]
Making the most of the Wolds.
The Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust states in their Winter 2021 Lapwings magazine : “Bigger, more robust, nature reserves will be better able to withstand the effects of climate change and if we can link them into a coherent network, we will allow species to move across the landscape better and prevent fragmentation and isolation of vulnerable […]
Wet and Wild Carrs
After a spell at Louth George Tennyson took his sons out of the school there, that they hated, and set them up in a converted medieval bathhouse just outside their home village of Somersby. This old building was set in an old wood across a field from the rambling rectory where Alfred lived with his […]
The River Lymn and its Tributaries.
The small streams that come together to form the River Lymn run down from the hills west of Tetford. They pass through the village as a fast flowing stream which at this stage is the very epitome of Tennyson’s brook. Particularly just past Tetford watermill it babbles over rocks and roots as it hurries through […]
The Distribution and Geology of Carr Dales.
Carr is wet woodland that was mainly concentrated around the edge of the Fens and low lying valleys such as the Vale of Ancholme. Nearly all this woodland has gone although there are two small remnant carrs north of Tattershall managed by the Woodland Trust, although the general drainage of the area has dropped the […]
Keal Carr Nature Reseve.
Outside the Lincolnshire Wolds AONB the prominent ridge of sandstone stretching east to Spilsby and lying between the A 158 and A 155 still has some of the Wolds most attractive landscape including Snipe Dales and many pretty villages south of the B 1195. These have a number of hilltop churches overlooking valleys that contain […]
Traversing Lower Lymndale.
This traverse begins on the Ulceby Chalk Plateau. Apart from said hamlet this 100 metre high plateau for most of history was empty and windswept crossed by a few lonely roads. On old maps it is referred to as the Great Furze meaning mainly gorse scrub. It allowed until Tennyson’s youth for clusters of Stone […]
The Valley of the River Lud.
Heading north along the crest of the Wolds by way of the Bluestone Heath Road to the right or east are a series of deep combes of which the most southern is by far the most well known. This is Cadwell with its world renowned motorcycling circuit famous for its steep undulating course. This classic […]