Burton Ridge

Overview

Burton Ridge Character Area (view detailed map) is an open area of land along the north escarpment, which, along with West Common to the south and Burton Fields to the north west, forms part of Lincoln’s western rural fringe. The area is a conspicuous feature on the north escarpment and benefits from good views across the Witham Gap and towards the Trent Vale.

The Character Area is bordered by the backs of residential properties and light industry along the base and summit of the escarpment, the A46 to the north and Yarborough and Long Leys Road to the south.

Much of the Character Area consists of scrubland, grassland or woodland, and appears to receive little or no regular management, although a small part of the site is designated as a nature reserve. The area includes a small public park in the south, and a number of allotments along the escarpment summit towards the centre of the area. A number of the rear plots of Inter-War houses bordering the allotments have access to the gardens via small gateways.
 
Northern parts of the Character Area are more rural in character, with boundaries defined by thin hawthorn hedging with frequent mature trees, merging relatively seamlessly with the rural landscape beyond. Mature trees are more prevalent both within wooded edges and freestanding in open space in the north, and are associated with informal parkland within the former shooting/hunting estate of Burton Hall.
 
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Allotments along upper parts of the escarpment slope

Key Statistics

Latitude/Longitude: (53.2452, -0.5509)
Character Area Type: Open/Undeveloped
Location: Outer suburbs
Predominant Period: Early Industrial (1750 to 1845 AD)
Secondary Period: Mixed
Average Building Type: N/A
Average Building Density: Very Low