Ulceby - Claxby - Skendleby Circular

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This is a short walk on surfaced roads in a little-visited but beautiful area of the Lincolnshire Wolds. It starts in the tiny village of Ulceby and visits the hamlet of Claxby St Andrew and the village of Skendleby before returning to Ulceby. The walking is on quiet lanes through steep-sided valleys and rolling fields. It is suitable for most weather conditions and requires only comfortable shoes. There are no stiles or gates so the walk is suitable for dogs, although sore paws may result! The entire route is suitable for wheelchairs with the proviso that there are three steep hills along it. There is plentiful roadside parking throughout, so sections could be accessed by wheelchair users not wishing to complete the entire route.

The walk starts on Claxby Lane in Ulceby and descends steadily to Claxby St Andrew. The route is down a dry vale, typical of this area of the Wolds. These are the remnants of glacial heltwater channels that developed under the ice in the glacial retreat about 12,000 years ago. Meltwater worked its way down crevasses in the glacier until it got to the ground surface, then followed routes of weakness under the ice to emerge at the glacier face. Most vales are dry now; a few have small streams rising from springs common in this area.

From Claxby the route turns west, climbs over the main chalk ridge with the A1028 along its top and drops into Skendleby, before turning north to climb a parallel ridge and then drop steeply into Fordington Valley before climbing back up to Ulceby.

England - East England - Lincolnshire - Lincolnshire Wolds


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