Hoe Hill (2-10-21)
Hoe Hill is thought to be the source of our village name: Cropwell certainly rhymes with Hoe Hill.
Two hundred years ago, Hoe Hill was not covered in trees. It probably had a rocky outcrop on its peak but most of the land around it was used to grow crops.
The top certainly had good views in all directions. A William Baldock, who lived in the Cropwells during the 1800s, recalled sitting there and seeing Newark Church and Lincoln Cathedral.
But then in 1875, the crown of Hoe Hill was planted with gorse and privet with the aim of making it a fox covert. Trees followed and so today those views are denied us.
This walk introduces you to Hoe Hill without having to climb its peak. It has always been a popular walk with people living in both Cropwells.