The A 157 road from Lincoln to Louth is an attractive route to cross the Wolds and the climax to this is crossing Grim’s Mound Rigg just east of Burgh on Bain. This north-south ridge climaxes just north of the road at Grim’s Mound described by the Heritage Gateway thus – the earthwork remains of […]
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 […]
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 […]
Crossing Lymndale by Car.
Much of Lindsey faces the grey waters of the North Sea, which being shallow cools down appreciably in winter but only heats up slowly in Spring. When it is sunny with little wind and the sea is still cold fog banks can readily form and drift inland as mist or low clouds when a sea […]
As the previous blog points out the similarities between the Bain valley and Lymndale are many but in one respect there is a fundamental difference which might affect a visitors enjoyment. This is that most of the villages in the Bain valley have pubs whereas these are sparse in Lymndale. Counter to this with being […]
Gartree is a wapentake adjacent to Hill. Its eastern boundary is the section of the ancient ridgeway known as the Bluestone Heath Road stretching from Belchford to Donington on Bain. This is nearly twelve kilometres long and both parishes are within its boundaries. Like all other wapentakes, with the exception of Hill, it stretches from […]
It is not often that a place is better to visit in winter than summer but Old Bolingbroke, nestled in a deep valley and protected by hills on three sides, is a good destination in winter or early Spring. The main attraction is the ruined castle which though not high has an intact curtain wall […]
A White Snipe Dales
The dark dank days of December are sometimes difficult to bear but this can also be a magical time, which is partly why we have Christmas at this time of year. For me the other thing to look forward to in December is the first hard frost. It might come at the end of November […]
After the Rains (Somersby)
For much of Autumn this year Lincolnshire has suffered far more rain than this normally dry county usually receives. This was due to a series of slow moving depressions passing over southern Britain pulling in winds off the North Sea. This meant that rather than being in the rain shadow of high ground to […]