Beesby - Wyham - Cadeby - Beesby

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A meandering route exploring a sparsely populated area of the Lincolnshire Wolds. The landscape explored is classed as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is the product of several thousand years of continuous occupation and farming. From the Bronze Age onwards, this area has been occupied and cultivated. The visible landscape is almost completely man-made. The walk follows bridleways, quiet lanes and footpaths that once served as the main routes between villages that have now all but disappeared. The route crosses several grazing fields, so stock will almost certainly be met on some part of the walk.

The walk visits the three deserted village sites of Beesby, Wyham and North Cadeby. There is an opportunity to detour from the route at two of the village sites and to use footpaths and bridleways to view the sites as closely as it is possible to do. The actual village sites are on private land and not open to the public.

The walk involves two steady climbs and as a reward for this extra exercise, the views presented across the eastern edge of the Wolds and out to the Humber estuary are superb. Nearly half the walk is accompanied by continuous views across the Humber estuary as far as Spurn Point.

The keen-eyed walker can spot wildlife including deer and buzzard, as well as the remains of the villages and their field systems. There is a pleasant little churchyard to be explored at Wyham. Peace and quiet abound, but beware of the brief intrusion of high-speed jets and helicopters as they travel to and from the RAF range on the coast.

Boots are essential, the paths and woodland track are muddy in winter. Where stock graze the fields there are usually mud patches at gates and the route crosses two cultivated fields that, at the time of walking, had not had the bridleways reinstated.

England - East England - Lincolnshire - Lincolnshire Wolds


Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Church, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Industrial Archaeology, Wildlife