Explore The Lincolnshire Wolds

Published on 2021-06-02 / By Washy Hall

We are open (finally!) in time for summer, and the grass has never been greener on our doorstep. Staycations are the word of the hour, and those who stray a little off the beaten track will be amply rewarded with hidden beauty spots and local secrets. 

Nowhere is this more apparent than in the case of the Lincolnshire Wolds. Our back door has the bucolic charm and heritage of the Cotswolds, without the crowds. 

Our wolds are off the average tourist’s radar, but they’re not without recognition. Back in 1973 their unique scenery, history and wildlife were protected when they were designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Ever since its beauty has been quietly preserved, the secret kept. It’s now the most beautiful and unspoilt countryside in the East Midlands. 

Lincolnshire Wolds

Lincolnshire's Hill Country

Hang on, isn't a wold a hill? 

Lincolnshire is known for its flatness. A county of fens and salt marshes. The wide horizons and open skies bring a pure quality of light which attracts artists, like St Ives in Cornwall. The landscape’s flatness also makes Lincoln cathedral such a majestic sight, its medieval spire visible across miles of countryside. 

But this picture is two-dimensional, and falls flat at the wolds.

 

Lincolnshire Wolds

A 'Wold' Apart

Between Lincoln city and the coast, the north-east of the county rises into iconic chalk hills. Like the Cotswolds, this ancient working landscape is full of heritage. 

It also has everything you could want from quintessential English countryside. Verdant green hills, winding river valleys, picture-postcard villages made of stone. 

As the highest land area between Kent and Yorkshire, the Wolds also command outstanding views. You can see across the Pennines to the west and the coast to the east. 

Lincolnshire Wolds

Reconnect with Nature 

With 216 miles² of idyllic countryside, you can experience the freedom of being in nature. Slow down to enjoy the moment - the sunshine on your face, the light illuminating the green in the trees. 

These small details are what summer holidays are all about. The wolds are a gentle and yet captivating place where you can fully relax and explore at your own pace.

 

Lincolnshire Wolds

Take to the Trails 

With an abundance of green space, the wolds easily accommodate all kinds of outdoor activities.

Hiking, cycling (did you know that we are moments from the Sustrans Cycle Network Route 1?) horse riding, climbing, wild swimming, kayaking, and paddle boarding are all great ways to take in the scenery with an added rush.

For walking, friendly market towns such as Horncastle, Market Rasen and Caistor make ideal starting points, with accessible, well-marked routes to follow – and the promise of a proper pub upon your return!

 

 

Wildflowers

Walk in Fields of Gold

Red Hill Nature Reserve is a gorgeous spot for a picnic or a photo opp. The once barley field occupies a hill top commanding stunning views across the wolds. The hills are formed of iconic Red Chalk – a unique feature of Norfolk, Lincolnshire and Yorkshire.

Nature has been allowed to reclaim the hill, blanketing the hillside with a wonderful mix of wildflowers. In the spring and summer the meadows shimmer with colourful butterflies. Wander arm-in-arm and smell the roses on this unique hilltop.

Wild swimming

Wade in the Water

Or relax on the riverbank. With chalk streams criss-crossing the wolds, discover crystal pools and babbling brooks for wild swimming or dipping your feet.

If you're in need of sustenance, Claythorpe Watermill has a lovely riverside cafe in the grounds of an 18th Century watermill. 

Looking for a dose of Vitamin Sea? The Lincolnshire Wolds lie near the coastline, which offers picturesque marshland and beautiful sandy beaches.

 

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Champagne Staycation Break

Experience the rare beauty of the Lincolnshire wolds with a stay in our country house hotel.

To celebrate our reopening, we are giving away a bottle of Champagne Bernard Remy with every three night dinner, bed and breakfast stay booked with us this Summer. 

We are a 7 minute drive from the sights of Lincoln City Centre and under an hour from the glittering Lincolnshire coast. After summer days exploring, return to ‘Washy Hall’ to pop open your complimentary bottle of Champagne on our sun-soaked terrace. Then indulge in 2 AA rosette dining before drifting off in your boutique bedroom.

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