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Title: The Viking Way
Post by YaBB Administrator on 22. Apr 2006 at 11:44

The Viking Way is a long distance footpath between the Humber Bridge in North Lincolnshire and Oakham in Rutland. The Countryside Commission recognised the significance of the Viking Way as a high quality long distance walk linking other major routes in Eastern England, these are the Lincolnshire Wolds way at the northern end, the Hereward and Macmillan Ways from Oakham and indirectly via the Hereward Way, the Jurassic Way from Stamford and the southern end of the Peddars Way from Thetford. Many pre-historic settlements were established on dry ground in the Lincolnshire Wolds and on the Limestone Heath. Sites of early settlements will be passed on the route. From the 9th century there is evidence that the Vikings were exercising their influence over the county. This is evident in the place names (ending in “by”), Scandinavian names recorded in documents and also names marked on coins. Historically, Lincolnshire was extensively grazed by sheep on the grassland, heath and fen. Wool was a major component of the Lincolnshire economy in the medieval period.


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