Wolds Traverse Part 2

Wolds Traverse Part 2

Wolds Traverse Part 2

Sunday 11th August 2019

Part 2 of a ride to test out Alan's Wolds Traverse Audax which takes place on September 15th 

Joining Ride Leader Alan Hockham at the Leisure Centre (this time wearing matching socks!) were Barry Jordan who had ridden in from Swinhope, John Rickett, John Ambler, Tim Newbery, Rob Whitworth and Chris, who is a friend of Rob's. Yesterday's gale force winds had subsided but it was still a windy day with a scattering of showers forecast for the afternoon.

The route would take the club through Brackenborough, before heading west along Ings Lane and encountering a strong headwind. Continuing to North Ormsby via Utterby we crossed the boundary of the Lincolnshire Wolds 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty' (AONB). The rolling chalk uplands form the main, and highest part of the Wolds (marked by a trig point just north of the village of Normanby le Wold, at approximately 551 feet (168 metres) above sea level). Our route to Wold Newton wouldn't get to such an altitude but we'd done enough to treat ourselves to a hot drink and a piece of cake at Wold Newton. We had earlier met up with Chris Owen near Utterby and enjoyed chatting outside in the sunshine.

Onwards to Binbrook Village with a continued checking out the route details and the B17 Cafe, the manned control. Barry would head for home from here to enjoy a fine lunch with friends. Heading south along Ludford Road and the Switchback, we were reminded of the short but challenging climbs, that the Wolds can offer. Superb scenery just one of the rewards. John Ambler and Chris Owen would depart near Great Tows whilst the remainder continued to enjoy the Bluestone Heath Road.

Some of the track and roads across the Wolds have very long histories and the Bluestone Heath Road is believed to be an ancient prehistoric routeway. There are several theories as to the origin of its name but the most likely derives from the abundant blue flowers found along the route. The wide verges, characteristic of the central Wolds were created to keep the stock off the newly enclosed fields (at time of enclosure in the 1700's) when moving them to and from summer pasture or market.

The sweeping ancient droving road would take Cycling UK Louth through Cawkwell (and over the A153 near Cadwell), Oxcome, Worlaby, South Ormsby and Calceby. The ruins of St. Andrews at Calceby had Norman origins and the construction seems to be of chalk and then dressed with local sand stone. Little remains of the deserted medieval village. Interestingly, the Lincolnshire Wolds has one of the highest concentrations of deserted villages in the whole of the UK.

With a healthy tail wind it wasn't long before the club were sailing through South Thoresby and Muckton to a finish at the Royal Oak (Splash) at Little Cawthorpe. Here we met up very briefly with Rob Cook before a final check of the route to Legbourne. Chris would depart for home and the remainder to the Leisure Centre having clocked up 48 miles. Thanks to Chris for joining us on today's ride. Good to have your company.

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