In Ore of Our Past

This walk passes through an area that was, until just a few decades ago, one of the most industrial parts of the Wolds. Today the Nettleton Valley is a grassy, peaceful picturesque place, and from the top, there are fine views towards the River Trent and Lincoln.

Technical sheet
No. 2412101
A Nettleton walk posted on 13/08/19 by Lincolnshire Wolds. Update : 30/09/19
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h10[?]
Distance Distance : 4.28mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 295ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 295ft
Highest point Highest point : 495ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 171ft
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Nettleton
Starting point Starting point : N 53.477373° / W 0.32824°
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Description

(D/A) Start at the Ramblers car park on the road from Nettleton to Normanby le Wold, from the car park go left downhill to Nettleton village.

The Viking Way is a 147 miles long distance footpath running from the Humber to Oakham in Rutland.

(1) Turn right down the track marked as the Viking Way by 'Hazeldene' and continue past Nettleton Grange.

(2) Turn right off the farm track, leaving the bridleway, and follow the Viking Way with Nettleton beck on your right through the valley.

Ironstone Mining - Nettleton Top It is hard to imagine how different this landscape used to look. For nearly 40 years from 1929, up to 180 people lived and worked here, mining for ironstone. There were railways, mounds of spoil, concrete and machinery throughout the area. Pit ponies worked bringing trucks full of ore out of the mines. Sadly, many workers lost their lives working in the mines. Some are buried in nearby Claxby churchyard.

(3) At the top of the valley turn right onto a bridleway that leads to the road.

(4) Turn right at the road, continue along past Nettleton Top and return to the car park (D/A).

Arguably some of the best views in Lincolnshire can be seen from Nettleton Top. Look out for Lincoln Cathedral, the Humber Bridge and the cooling towers along the River Trent. The valley is full of wildflowers. Look out for cowslips and harebells on the higher slopes and ragged robins and marsh marigolds nearer the stream.

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. mi 0 - Ramblers Car Park
1 : mi 0.41 - alt. mi 0.41 - Viking Way
2 : mi 0.7 - alt. mi 0.7
3 : mi 2.65 - alt. mi 2.65
4 : mi 2.82 - alt. mi 2.82 - Nettleton Top
D/A : mi 4.28 - alt. mi 4.28 - Ramblers Car Park

Useful Information

Maps: OS Explorer Map 282 and 284

Parking: Ramblers Car Park Grid reference: TF110991 Nearest postcode: LN7 6TA

Terrain: This is a varied walk mainly on grassy paths, and along a quiet country lane. There are some sections that involve going up or down a slope, and one section follows a stream. The paths may be muddy so stout shoes or boots are recommended.

Refreshments: Cafe, Shop and Pub in Nettleton.

Stiles: There are some stiles and gates.

The Lincolnshire Wolds is a nationally important and cherished landscape. Most of it was designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1973. Covering an area of 558 square kilometres or 216 square miles, the AONB contains the highest ground in eastern England between Yorkshire and Kent, rising to over 150m along its western edge. Rolling chalk hills and areas of sandstone and clay underlie this attractive landscape.

The Lincolnshire Wolds has been inhabited since prehistoric times and the appearance of the countryside today has been greatly influenced by past and present agricultural practices.

A Countryside Service helps to protect and enhance the landscape through partnership projects with local landowners, farmers, parish councils, businesses and residents of the Wolds.

Office Address :
Lincolnshire Wolds Countryside Service
Navigation Warehouse
Riverhead Road
Louth
Lincs LN11 0DA

Phone: 01522 555780 Twitter: @LincsWoldsAONB

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

Nettleton was recorded in the Domesday Book, when it was known as ‘Neteltone’ that meant ‘farmstead where nettles grow’. Many insects rely on nettles for their survival, such as the peacock and the small tortoiseshell butterflies – their caterpillars can be seen chewing the leaves in the spring and summer.

The church in Nettleton, St. John the Baptist, was partly rebuilt in 1874. A doorway is believed to date back to Saxon times. There are also some cottages in the village built of locally mined ironstone. The church clock was made by the son of James Harrison of Barton upon Humber in 1837. James’ famous brother, John, made marine chronometers as described in the book ‘Longitude’.

The old mining tunnels from the mines make a great bat roost. Early evening can be a good time to see these small mammals darting between trees eating moths and other insects. A single pipestrelle bat can eat 3000 insects in one evening!

Nettleton Beck runs through the valley to the village. Dragonflies and damselflies can be seen darting along the water. Some of the ponds are full of frogs and newts and sometimes you can see a heron on the bank patiently waiting for a fish to come within reach.

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