Before the Massingberd-Mundy’s lived at South Ormsby, the Skipwiths called the Hall their home. Before that it was probably decided as a location for a settlement because of the presence of water appearing through springs in the chalk; an ideal location in the Lincolnshire Wolds to build a small village and, eventually, a large estate.
The ground is steeper up near Bluestone Heath Road and there is evidence of Medieval ploughing ridges. This area is exposed and there are wide grass verges where, in the summer, you can see a large number of grass species. Look for Cocksfoot with its eponymous shaped flowerheads and Yorkshire Fog, with its softly hairy stems and leaves and pinkish flowerheads in the Summer months. The part of the walk that takes you through Furzes Close includes trees of differing ages and is characterised by having a very rich ground flora. If you time it right, you will see Bluebells, Lesser Celandine, Red Campion, Ramsons, Wood Anemone and many other species. However, as with many vernal species, as soon as the trees spread their leaves each year, the amount of light reaching the woodland floor decreases and the plants die back and hibernate underground only to blossom again in the spring when the sunlight returns.
The arable fields on this walk are a rotation of wheat, barley and oilseed rape. It is interesting to compare the modern farming methods and the large fields with straight boundaries at the top of the vale, with the smaller, irregular fields and boundaries of the older farming systems at the bottom.