A View From the Wolds
This is Nettleton Beck Valley to the south of Nettleton on the Viking Way taken today 16th November whilst on the BBC Radio Lincolnshire Viking Way Challenge from Tealby to Barnetby le Wold.
For me, the Nettleton valley is the most impressive in the Wolds. The valley is squeezed between the scarp slope of iron stone and the chalk Wolds to the east. Formed by meltwater from the ice age and joined by other lateral valleys with even steeper sides, this valley is unique. One can only imagine and marvel at the force of water that created these valleys thousands of years ago. Mid way up the valley lie the defunct iron ore mines that begat Scunthorpe as a ‘steel town'. We in Lincolnshire are blessed that we can explore and enjoy landscapes that as beautiful and as accessible as this.
Geoff Newmarch is the Chair of Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival and an experienced walks leader.