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'OCW' and name in green on white discOpencast Way

51 km / 32 miles

The Opencast Way is a 32-mile circular walk around Scunthorpe utilising the Scunthorpe Ridge Walk and public footpaths through parts of the adjacent parishes of Bottesford, Messingham, Holme, Broughton, Appleby, Roxby cum Risby, Winterton, Burton upon Stather and Flixborough. The Ridge Walk traverses the old parishes of Crosby, Scunthorpe, Frodingham, Brumby and Ashby, now incorporated into the town of Scunthorpe. The route is titled after the method of extraction of the many and varied mineral deposits which was historically practiced in the Scunthorpe area, and in some instances still continued today. Typical examples are limestone, gravel, sand and, of course, the mineral synonymous with Scunthorpe, iron ore.

A route description is downloadable from the link below and contains a wealth of background detail about the past industries, geology and sites passed en route.


Path Type
Other Paths
Waymark: 'OCW' and name in green on white disc
'OCW' and name in green on white disc
Average Gradients; Industrial History
Start and Finish
SE878121 - Atkinsons Warren Car Park, Ferry Road, Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire
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Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Route Description - PDF
Opencast Way (Scunthorpe Wednesday Walkers - 2015)
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Route Profile:

51.2 Km (31.8 miles)
456 m (1,496 ft) ascent
64 m (210 ft)  maximum height