In search of waist high snow by the post-holing method!

Lincolnshire Wolds near Nettleton

James from backpackingbongo’s blog was interested by my comment on this blog about waist high snow in the wolds.  I saw on a Look North news item that there was snow waist-high on the tops of the wolds.  On Sunday afternoon after a weekend spend shifting snow at home and at the top of our lane, I went in search of this depth of snow.  I headed for the highest area of the Lincolnshire wolds a few miles from home.  I parked the car at my parents place in Nettleton and heading up the valley towards the disused iron mines.

The snow was knee-deep and hard going on along the Viking Way, as it looked like no-one had walked here since the heavy snowfall earlier in the week.  I was using the “post holing method” and it was hard work all the way up.  The scenery was beautiful and I didn’t see a soul the whole of the walk.

After walking , through a short section of wood, I reached the disused iron ore mines, now blocked up. These mines were worked from Roman times until the early 1960’s.

woodland near iron ore mine

disused iron ore mine

I also took the chance to do an initial test out on the Spot 2 Messenger device which I will report on later.

Spot 2 Messenger

Looking back towards Nettleton

Despite walking around this area – I only found snow to the depth of 24 inches (70cm) !

24 inches (70cm) of snow

After a long slog through the snow I was rewarded with a great sunset across the wolds, a fine end to a great  little walk.

Sunset over the wolds - looking towards Normanby Top

By the time I got back home, it was minus 8 C.   Incidently the overnight low at home that night was minus 16C, only beaten by this morning’s temperature of minus 19C !  The first time the hairs in my nostrils have frozen. Was I in Lincolnshire or Finland  – what a week it has been here for snow and low temperatures !

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10 Responses to In search of waist high snow by the post-holing method!

  1. backpackingbongos says:

    Only 24 inches of snow? I am very disappointed mark!

  2. Sorry – James, searched high and low for you to take a photo, but couldn’t find the waist high snow : )
    Mark

  3. greg says:

    You have a lot more snow than us but seem to have stumbled upon the “exaggerate depth rule’

    Being keen on skiing and walking etc , depth and snow type are of interest so on average Ive noticed 1foot of snow = 6 inches , 6 inches = possibnly 3 inches. Happens all the time around here.

  4. GeoffC says:

    The news reports from that area looked horrendous, we miss most of the snow here on the Cheshire plain.
    There was a big buzz about the Spot a while back. I thought it might be the device I was looking for and I posted about it, unfortunately the reports about it were extremely polarized.

    • Geoff I have been surprised, by the amount of snow and the very low temps. Minus 19 C seems hardly believable,following the previous nights of minus 11 and minus 16. In our village we are at the lowest point and we have a beck running through our land. Cold air will settle in these spots.

      Like you I have read the reports on the Spot Messenger. I have purchased the 2nd version, which is reported to be more reliable and has a custom button as well as the Help, OK and SOS button. I am testing this at present and so far every OK message has come back as an e mail and text, so far so good. Will need more testing but hopefully it will give my wife peace of mind as I go solo and avoid me having to find places to call her within the cell network when setting up camp.

      Will do full report after further testing.
      Mark

  5. -maria- says:

    What a beautiful sunset! Looks very snowy indeed, and the temperatures surprise me – I always thought you have mild winters there 🙂

    We got lots of new snow during Sunday and Tuesday – they say that we in Helsinki now have the deepest snow in the whole of Finland. Not very usual that either.

    • Maria – we tend to have mild winters – although not the case over the last couple of years. This cold weather is caused by a Winter Blocking event stopping the normally mild Atlantic weather and allowing cold weather from Siberia to come to the East, where I live. What has caused the heavy snow fall is the cold air hitting the relatively warm North Sea and creating a lot of moisture and this being dumped on the east coast area of England and Scotland. Accumulations in the West have been small.
      Here ends the weather lecture 🙂

  6. Lee says:

    I didn’t realise the Lincolnshire Wolds were so obviously hilly.

    • Lee, I am not a native of Lincolnshire and moved here 14 years ago. When I first went out for a walk in this area, a few miles from home, it looked very much like parts of Derbyshire. Lots of people think that Lincolnshire is flat as a pancake, but up around me and on the Lincoln cliff it is quite hilly. In Lincoln where the castle stands, the lane up to it is called Steep Hill and is a long 1:4 and many people have difficulty walking up and often pause because they are short of breath trying to get up to the top.

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