Louth Eye
 A guide to Louth in Lincolnshire since 2004

Hubbards Hills

The view from the upper footpath

The view from the upper footpath

A bridge

Hubbards Hulls Trust installed a new bridge near the Pahud Memorial after vandals destroyed the old one.


The Hills in Autumn 2008

An amphibian

A amphibian in the river Lud

Chalk hills

The Hubbards Hills valley was gouged out of chalk by glaciers during the last ice age.

The view from the west

Looking down towards the river from the western side

The view from the west

Looking south-east from the western side



a footpath

One of the footpaths to a bridge

the Pahud memorial

The Pahud memorial

a grey squirrel

A grey squirrel

January 2013

January 2013

January 2013

January 2013

January 2013

January 2013


Flooding after the thaw in January 2013


The main valley, flooded in January 2013


Minor flooding of the duck pond in December 2012

duck pond flooding

More serious flooding at the duck pond in June 2007

2007 flooding

The extent of the flooding in the main valley in June 2007.

flooding in 2007

The hand rail over the stepping stones was just visible during the 2007 floods.

water vole burrows

Evidence of water voles. But is Ratty still at home?

a grey squirrel

Greys like this one have driven away native red squirrels.

This park on the west of town was gifted to the people of Louth in the very early twentieth century by Auguste Alphonse Pahud, and the Pahud memorial sits in the middle of the it.

Dogs are allowed, and the park is very popular with dog walkers. However, they must be kept on a leash in the central part of the park. Cycling and horse riding are forbidden.

Hubbard's Hills is run by a charitable trust, the Hubbard's Hills Trust, which was set up in 2009 when the District Council decided it did not want to run it.The trust's website is at http://www.hubbardshills.co.uk/.


Hubbard's Hills is home to a wide variety of animals. I've seen squirrels and kingfishers. There are abundant rabbits and ducks, and occasional moorhens. There are holes in the river bank for water vole burrows, although I've never seen any. Their numbers may have dropped significantly after the 2007 floods, and they are endangered by American mink.


Louth was severely flooded in June 2007, when the river Lud broke its banks and flooded much of Hubbards Hills, as well as various streets throughout the town. Since then there have been a few more minor flooding incidents, such as in January 2013 when ice and snow melted after a severe winter.