Bluestone Heath Road in the Lincolnshire Wolds, UK. (2001 February)
The Bluestone Heath Road runs along the ridge from Candlesby to Caistor? From the Road are some great views across to the sea in the east and into the rolling countryside to the West. It was used by the Ancient Britons long before the Romans came. In places the Romans followed the Bluestone Heath Road e.g.. 'Ulceby Long Lane' but in others the Romans cut through valleys e.g.. at Tetford while the old Celtic road followed the ridge.
The Lincolnshire Wolds are the highest point in eastern England between Yorkshire and Kent. They are designated an Area of Outstanding National Beauty. The fertile rolling chalk hills which form a landscape of valleys, fields, woodlands and meadows have been shaped by agriculture for more than 4,000 years. countryside of Lincolnshire
In the Iron and Bronze Ages people had already begun to exploit the rich soil and their tools have been found in fields all over the area.
Bridle Paths and Footpaths There are public routes through the hills and valleys. The Viking Way - a long distance footpath - runs through from the Humber to Rutland Water in Leicestershire. The area is great for biking and walking.
Snipe Dales - a Lincolnshire Trust for Nature Conservation's reserve. Many of native British plants are found in the Wolds including orchids, cowslips and harebells.
This is the landscape which inspired the great poet Alfred Lord Tennyson who spent the first 28 years of his life in the area.
Historic Market Towns - Spilsby, Horncastle, Louth, Burgh le Marsh, and Alford.
This is the beginning of a Website which I want to develop. I want to trace the Bluestone Heath Road through Lincolnshire and point out the places of interest along the way.
Here a picture of a house during the Winter of 2000/1 which lies along the route. The name of the House is 'Bluestone Heath.' It was named by my father & mother when they built it in 1970.
Wolds and Marshes
On the flat tops of the Wolds were bomber airfields of World War II. The recent epic film 'Memphis Belle' was made on Binbrook airfield. One of the wartime radar guidance masts remains at Stenigot.
Most of the villages are tucked away in valleys. Tathwell has an unusual church dedication to St. Vedast. Donington on Bain, Welton Le Wold, Wold Newton and Stainton Le Vale are just a few of those villages well worth seeking out. Traditional village pubs such as the Vine at South Thoresby make a good starting and finishing point for a pleasant walk (using the pub walks guides).
To the west of Louth the chalk-capped hills of the Lincolnshire Wolds, designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, provide opportunities for quiet enjoyment of open countryside. The prehistoric track way of the Bluestone Heath Road follows the crest of the Wolds. From the top of Red Hill at Goulceby or from Flint Hill near Scamblesby you can see Lincoln Cathedral on the skyline, (Red Hill is a nature reserve of the Lincolnshire Trust for Nature Conservation).
Oustanding natural beauty
The Wolds are the highest point in eastern England between Yorkshire and Kent and are designated an Area of Outstanding National Beauty. The fertile rolling chalk hills which form a landscape of small hidden valleys, fields, woodlands and meadows have been shaped by agriculture for centuries more than 4,000 years. In the Iron and Bronze Ages men had already begun to exploit the rich soil and their tools have been found in fields all over the area.
The Bluestone Heath Road which affords some of the greatest views in the county, was busy with traffic long before the Romans came. But uncultivated places have survived including the Lincolnshire Trust for Nature Conservation's Snipe Dales reserve and this is great walking country. Hundreds of native British plant species are found in the Wolds including orchids, cowslips and harebells.
The Viking Way long distance footpath runs through the area and there is a network of public routes through the little hills and valleys. This is the landscape which inspired the great poet Alfred Lord Tennyson who spent the first 28 years of his life in the area. The hills offer views across to the sea in the east and the heart of the county in the west
The the historic market town of Horncastle is worth a visit. Other important towns in the area are Louth, Spilsby, Burgh le Marsh and Alford.