|SomeoneElse & will_p joining trigpoint & me near Grange Hill Farm
The area roughly between Lees and Longford and south of Long Lane (which follows the line of a Roman Road) has long been a hotspot of unmapped paths on OSM.
Thurvaston — do not have much more than a church, a few houses and a couple of farms. Other hamlets, such as Osleston, are even smaller, but have field signs that in medieval times they were much more extensive. I haven't been able to find much on the historical development of the area which might explain this rather unusual settlement pattern.
|Solar panels by the stream just outside Lees.
This gives a good feel for the countryside: sheep grazing (on ridge and furrow), many hedges with scattered standard trees (usually ash), farm ponds surrounded by trees (willows & ash), streams with a narrow band of riparian woodland (willows, poplars, hawthorn & blackthorn scrub).
|Farm out-building at Osleston
|Early results of the mapping, new (or changed) paths in blue, hedges & fences in red
|Lees, detailed mapping by will_p
(from SomeoneElse's map)
|Detailed mapping of Long Lane village by will_p
|Tight corner at Russel's Old Place, Osleston.
Only the verge on the left is actually a verge, the grass on the right being part of a garden.
One particular problem in this area is that the roads are narrow (one car wide), and often little in the way of verges. The lack of verges is a hazard for walking along those sections of road, but also restricts viable places to park. SomeoneElse's custom map render therefore shows verge key values for minor roads as can be seen here.
|Trigpoint trimming back blackthorn on a fairly typical footbridge with a stile at one end.
We all went our different ways for the morning session, and through a quirk of our choices did not touch the area immediately to the west of Lees. In the afternoon we therefore set off as a group, divided into two parties, re-met again (see main picture) and split off again. This allowed us to cover most of the target paths in the area with the exception of one loop in the SW.
|Violet Bramble Rust (I didn't entirely neglect looking at the natural history).
|A WWII pill box near Broad Chase
|An experimental rendering of OSM data for the area at 1:20k using QGIS.
The aim is to show similar features to the OS 1:25k Explorer maps.
We are not done with this area there's perhaps twice as much more still to be surveyed, and the same is true of the National Forest area, S of Swadlincote, which we visited last year. However, it will not be long before the remaining hotspots are all in much less accessible parts of Lincolnshire. In a couple of years I'll need a different theme for these gatherings.