To celebrate Lincolnshire Day, we’re sharing some of the beautiful walks you can enjoy across our county. With miles of stunning coastline, the rolling hills of the Wolds, mature woodlands and picturesque villages amongst the locations on offer, there are sure to be places near you to enjoy exploring Lincolnshire’s scenic landscapes.
Whether you are planning a short family stroll or a longer hike, take a look below at some of our favourite places to walk. We’ve also got suggestions of some heritage trails you can follow to find out more about the rich history of some of our towns and villages.
There are miles of beautiful coastal line to explore in Lincolnshire. The weather may be colder as we head into autumn but you can still enjoy a brisk family walk along a sandy shore or a longer walk along the coastal path. You’ll enjoy breath-taking scenery, and fresh sea air, that will definitely blow away those cobwebs and boost your mood! A couple of suggestions are below:
Walk along a peaceful long stretch of sand framed by sand dunes, and enjoy the fresh air and beautiful views. Look out for the Cloud bar, an official cloud spotting area recognised by the cloud appreciation society.
There are coastal walks starting from Anderby Creek Car Park:
Anderby Creek to March Yard and Huttoft Car Terrace
This circular walk through Lincolnshire’s Coastal Country Park, takes in wildlife areas, beach and the Cloud Bar. Part of the walk uses the England Coast path ( see below). There is a shorter route to Marsh Yard (3.5 km) and a longer route to Huttoft Car Terrace (5.5 km).
Gibraltor Point Nature Reserve
Looked after by the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, Gibraltor Point is perfect for nature lovers with a diversity of birds and wildlife to spot. The unspoilt coastline also offers impressive views and is a tranquil place to walk and unwind. The nature reserve runs from the edge of Skegness to The Wash. Most paths around the reserve are accessible for wheelchairs, pushchairs and mobility scooters.
Explore Lincolnshire Wolds
The Lincolnshire Wolds has miles of open countryside with scenic trails and stunning views, making it a perfect location for nature lovers, cyclists and walkers alike. Whether you want a leisurely stroll with the family or a more challenging trek, you can find a route to suit your needs. We’ve picked a couple of suggestions below, but you can find more on the Lincolnshire Wolds Website
Spa Trail, Horncastle
Just one of many walking routes to enjoy in the picturesque Lincolnshire Wolds, the Spa trail is a scenic, traffic free route suitable for wheelchair users and families with pushchairs. Discover 3 miles of flat, surfaced bridleway along the mid-section of the old Horncastle to Woodhall Junction railway line and part of the Horncastle Canal.
The Viking Way – Caistor to Tealby
The Viking Way starts on the banks of the Humber in the north and winds through some of the best walking in Lincolnshire before it finishes at Rutland Water. This section of the route, between Caistor and Tealby is a nine mile walk that crosses the highest ground, not only of the Viking Way, but in all of Lincolnshire. Both valley and hill scenery are some of the loveliest in the county.
Autumn Colour – Woodland Walks
Autumn is the perfect time for a woodland walk, grab your wellies or boots and enjoy the crunch of leaves underfoot and the colourful display of leaves.
Willingham Woods, Market Rasen
Located east of Market Rasen, the woods are owned and managed by the Forestry Commission and is part of a large complex of pinewoods in the area. Willingham Wood Circular is a popular route featuring a 3.5 kilometre loop which suits all skill levels.
There is a large car park and picnic site with a café and toilets in the adjacent lay-by.
Londonthorpe Woods, Grantham
At Londonthorpe Woods, Grantham, you can enjoy walking through broadleaf and mature woodland, and open grassland which is home to an array of wildlife. Situated in the South East of Beleton Park, adjacent to Alma Park. A 1.6km loop access track within the wood is accessible for wheelchairs.
Westgate Woods, Sir Joseph Banks Country Park, Boston
Sir Joseph Banks Country Park comprises over 80 acres of woods and parkland. It stretches between West End Road, Wyberton and Old Hammond Beck Road, with central access from Five House Lane. It includes the well established Westgate Wood and the younger Jenny’s Wood and Oak Wood.
The site is accessible to all with over 4Km of all-weather paths around the site with additional informal and grass paths.
Find more local woodland to visit on the Woodland Trust’s Website
Discover Lincolnshire’s History
–Heritage and Town Trails
Lincolnshire has a rich history to explore and a heritage trail is perfect for finding out more about the history of your local area and getting active at the same time. With maps and routes to follow they are also a fantastic way to keep younger members of the family engaged. Some suggestions are below.
A Walk Through Time, Gainsborough
This circular walk will take you to many of Gainsborough’s visitor attractions. It passes through the historic heart of the town and along the riverside walk, pointing out features and informing you of a millennia of history of the town.
On mostly pedestrianised streets, walkways and parkland, the route is suitable for families, wheelchair users and those with limited mobility. There are numerous picnic sites and refreshment stops along the way.
When in Sleaford Trail
The When in Sleaford Trail is inspired by the rich heritage of Sleaford. The trail features a series of beautiful bronze roundels, created by artist David Mackie, sited in pavements and on walls around the town. The artworks act as way-markers, mapping out pathways through and around Sleaford and signposting residents and visitors to other public artworks.
You can pick up a free trail map from venues including The Hub, Navigation House or Cogglesford Watermill, and explore the fascinating history of the town or follow the link below to download.
Newton’s Trail, South Kesteven
The Newton Trail, includes the birthplace of Isaac Newton at Woolsthorpe Manor. The trail takes in the villages of Colsterworth, Burton le Coggles, Corby Glen, Irham, Edenham, Grimsthorpe, Swayfield and Swinstead, via a network of quiet country roads.
Follow the link below to find out more and download a map
Find more walks to enjoy in Lincolnshire on the Visit Lincolnshire website.