Days out in and around the Wolds
The Lincolnshire Wolds is a great base for exploring the county. Just a few ideas of places to visit, and a link to their website, are listed below.Red Hill Nature Reserve
Situated above Goulceby, the most spectacular feature of the reserve is the exposure of the Red Chalk, a formation that only occurs in Norfolk, Lincolnshire and Yorkshire. Fantastic views of the surrounding landscape.Cadwell Park Motor Racing Circuit
Home to some great car and motorcycle racing including hosting a round of the British Superbike championship.Lincolnshire Wolds Railway
Ludborough Station is the home of the Lincolnshire Wolds Railway, the only full sized steam railway in Lincolnshire.Claythorpe Watermill
Claythorpe Watermill and Wildfowl Gardens, between Alford and Louth, is one of Lincolnshire's loveliest surprises. Set in the grounds of a beautiful former watermill, the riverside attraction has been transformed by the new owners. You'll find birds and animals, including otters, wallabies and marmosets, as well as a woodland play area, plenty of space to sit and relax and a gorgeous licensed café with views of the old mill works. There are fabulous lunches for grown-ups, as well as kids' lunch boxes – no one will go away hungry!
The newly landscaped courtyard – completed in April 2015 with the help of a Rural Development Grant awarded by East Lindsey District Council – has opened up some fabulous new views of the old mill, and created new pathways leading to brand new pheasant enclosures. Your admission includes an annual pass that lets you return as often as you like for the next 12 months. That makes Claythorpe a great place to pop back to after school for coffee and cake or at the weekend for lunch and a play in the woods. Find us on Facebook.
Once you have finished exploring the Lincolnshire Wolds why not visit the coast, historic Lincoln or the Limewoods? During the summer visit a local fair or show for a feel of rural Lincolnshire life.Willingham Woods
Situated just over 1 mile outside of Market Rasen on the A631 towards Louth, ideally situated to stop in for an ice cream or to walk around the woods with the children and the dogs. This is also an ideal place to park your horse box and join theLindsey Trail which is a 69 mile trail across the Lincolnshire Wolds suitable for carriage drivers, horse riders, cyclists and walkers.
Snipe Dales Country Park
Situated on the southern edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds, Snipe Dales is one of few semi-natural wet valley systems still surviving. These wet valleys, rough grazing, scrub and wood land of the Nature Reserve provide good habitat for a variety of wildlife. Its 220 acres of steep-sided valleys are fretted by streams which have cut through the soft Spilsby Sandstone to the underlying Kimmeridge Clay. Breeding birds include grasshopper warbler, willow warbler, sedge warbler, meadow pipit and yellow hammer.Hubbards Hills
On the outskirts of Louth lies Hubbards Hills, a chalk steep-sided valley. All year long this parkland has something special to offer. On sunnier days children of all ages enjoy splashing in and out of the River Lud that gently flows along, enjoying an ice cream from the café, playing games on the huge expanses of grass and picnicking alongside the ducks.Market Rasen Racecourse
Set in its rural surroundings Market Rasen is the only racecourse in Lincolnshire and offers a unique experience. The friendly family atmosphere and amazing views around this excellent national hunt course are unmatched anywhere in the country. It really is the perfect place for a great day out!!Five-Sailed Alford Windmill
is beautiful working windmill on the edge of Alford market town. Freshly milled flours and cereals available, home cooking and healthy eating in our stylish tea room.Bolingbroke Castle
A prime example of 13th century castle design complete with a large gatehouse, round towers and a moat. Today the castle is a ruin with only the ground floors of the towers remaining and the lower parts of the walls.Gunby Hall
Fine red-brick house, dating from 1700, with Victorian walled gardens. Gunby Hall has been described as a large doll's house nestled in an idyllic spot at the foot of the Lincolnshire Wolds. The poet Alfred Lord Tennyson visited here regularly, and it is said to have inspired the imagery of 'the haunt of ancient peace' in his poem The Palace of Art.Northcotes Heavy Horse Centre
A non profit organisation run entirely by volunteers. The Centre, close to Spilsby, provides a home and caring facilities for horses with particular needs and earnestly believes that these horses, who have given their all in their working environment, should be allowed to enjoy the remainder of their lives in a happy, caring environment where they can contribute to the happiness of others.Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre
Relive a World War 2 Bomber Airfield here at East Kirkby. Experience the sights and sounds, smells and atmosphere. The only place in the Country to see a Lancaster Bomber on its original airfield, and ride in it!
To find out more about fun days out, accommodation and the wonderful local food and drink produced in the area – visitlincolnshire.com
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