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Riverside walk at Sleaford

County/Area - Lincolnshire

Author - North Kesteven Council

Length - 6.4 miles / 10.4 km

Ascent - 100 feet / 30 metres

Grade - easy

Start - OS grid reference TF074460
Lat 53.000561 // Long -0.40107
Postcode NG34 7HJ (approx. location only)
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Route Outline

In 1872 the River Slea was described by Trollope as 'a never failing source of pure water'. As late as 1960 it was a trout river renowned with sportsmen as far away as Yorkshire. But in 1962 the river stopped flowing through Sleaford for the first time in recorded history and by the drought summer of 1976 the flow had seriously deteriorated. In 1983/4 the river completely dried up. This degradation was due to a number of factors, chiefly over-use of water from the limestone aquifer for agricultural purposes. Strains on the springs feeding the Slea also increased during the 1950s as the surrounding villages received piped water for the first time.

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It is recommended you take a map. The preferred scale is 1:25k.

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