Summer outdoor activities in Lincolnshire

Published on 2022-07-22 / By Alice Beresford

Lather on the factor 50 and dust off the BBQ, Summer is officially here! The days are long and the evenings are warm, making it the perfect time of year to don your oversized Summer hat, flip flops and that all-important garish Hawaiian shirt and head outside to enjoy all the fun outdoor activities Lincolnshire has to offer.

As well as the heat and sunny days, Summer can bring with it an increase in expenses. Luckily, no matter your budget, you can enjoy plenty of outdoor activities in Lincolnshire this Summer.

Struggling to choose what to do first? Read on for our top 7 Summer outdoor activities in Lincolnshire.

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The NCN 64 Cycle Route

Nothing says Summer like a bike ride through the countryside. The wind in your hair and sun on your back – it’s the perfect way to soak up the best of the Summer and work up a sweat while you’re at it.

The NCN 64 Cycle route from Harby to Lincoln takes you away from the busy roads and hustle and bustle of life onto an enjoyable, smooth tracked route through Lincolnshire’s great outdoors and waterways. Eager-eyed cyclists will be able to spot some beautiful wildlife both on the ground and in the sky, while nature enthusiasts will love the plethora of spectacular views this route has to offer.

The route goes past Washingborough Hall, where you can pop in for a well-deserved Afternoon Tea or perhaps a comforting night’s stay before your cycling adventure continues. The hotel offers secure bike locks so you can stay without any worry. And just like the NCN 64 Cycle Route, Washingborough Hall is dog-friendly.

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OW Swim by Activities Away 

Make a splash this Summer with a trip to the Open Water Swim Centre by Activities Away. Located in the South of Lincoln, Activities Away is based in an old gravel pit which has been transformed into an open swimming lake. The lake is fed by rainwater and groundwater, making it clean and clear for all to enjoy.

From the 1st April through to the end of September, members and pay-as-you-go users can enjoy the crystal clear waters of the lake and partake in activities such as swimming, kayaking, katakanus and paddleboarding.

All equipment is provided to ensure fun and safety for all, and because all activities are pre-book only, you know when you arrive, you won’t be met by crowds or queues.

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The Spa Trail 

Appreciate nature, history and art along the Spa Trail. This outdoor activity in Lincolnshire passes through woodlands and rolling countryside and is accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs.

The flat surfaced walking and cycling route follows an old railway line from Coronation Walk, Horncastle, and continues a further three miles to the town of Woodhall Spa. Part of the route runs close to the Horncastle canal, which is worth a visit for a longer day out.

Both kids and adults will love spotting the sculptures along the Spa Trail made from wood, stone and metal by local artists that reflect the area’s wildlife and past. You can also keep your eyes peeled for the Viking longboat, diving otters and botanical gems.

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Lincolnshire Wolds

Of course, we can’t write about Summer outdoor activities in Lincolnshire without mentioning the great Lincolnshire Wolds. Rolling hills, stone villages, cobbled streets, picture perfect landscapes and more can all be found in the Wolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Boasting a scenic 216 square miles of unspoilt countryside, there really is no better place to relax, explore and get close to nature.

Whether you love taking your time with a romantic afternoon stroll, want to get your heart racing with a spot of horse riding, mountain biking or rock climbing, or have a picnic lunch packed for a whole day hike, you’ll find yourself immersed in some of the UK’s most stunning surroundings with a Summer day in the Lincolnshire Wolds.

If hiking doesn’t take your fancy, there are plenty of historic market towns to explore and cobbled streets to navigate. Marvel at the highest parish church spire in England in the quaint town of Louth, enjoy a steam train railway ride and find your new favourite sanctuary at one of the National Trust’s many stately homes and castles within the Wolds.

There truly is an abundance of experiences this Area of Outstanding Natural Beaty has to offer. Far too many to mention, but trust us when we say, exploring the Lincolnshire Wolds is one of the best outdoor activities in Lincolnshire you can enjoy this Summer.  

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Original Lincoln Ghost Walk

Come the evening, your outdoor activities don’t have to end. For some, a romantic dinner at a candlelit restaurant will suffice. However, should you want to add something spooky to your Summer itinerary, a Lincoln Ghost Walk may be the perfect outdoor activity in Lincolnshire for you. Who says Ghost walks are just for Halloween? Not us!

Led by expert guides whose stories both chill and captivate, a Lincoln Ghost walk will take you on a tour around the city and introduce you to its spooky past. The tour takes around an hour and entertains with a mix of stories and history. There are numerous routes too, making it a popular tour for both visitors and Lincoln residents.

If you’re looking for an interesting evening without spending a fortune, at just £6 per adult, a Lincoln Ghost Walk is the perfect outdoor evening activity in Lincolnshire for you to enjoy this Summer.

The walk is available for both adults and kids, and although booking isn’t required, you should turn up 5-10 minutes before 7pm to ensure a timely departure.

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Golf at Pottergate Golf Club

When the sun is shining, a round of golf is undoubtedly a splendid way to spend a Summer’s day. Just a 10 minute drive from Washingborough Hall, and set in the heart of picturesque Lincolnshire, The Pottergate family-run golf club offers a relaxing day for both day visitors and members of all ages. Its flexible approach ensures the golf club caters for individuals, groups and societies.

The 18 holes are designed over nine greens, with two holes on each green, offering a challenging but fun golfing experience to suit a range of abilities. Book in advance to ensure availability for this outdoor activity in Lincolnshire.

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Anderby Creek

Beaches in Lincolnshire? It’s not the first place you’d probably think of when it comes to planning a beach day, but in fact, there are many beaches that make for a great outdoor activity in Lincolnshire. This includes the oh-so sandy Anderby Creek.

This stretch of sandy shoreline runs for miles and as it’s away from other, more well-known beaches, you can enjoy a relaxing day out at Anderby Creek, discovering the beautiful Lincolnshire coastline without the crowds.  

To energise you before your walk or to re-fuel you afterwards, a café and pub with a beer garden can be found on the aptly named Sandy Lane, where there is also a car park. Without the distraction of tourist attractions and busy roads, the beach is the perfect paradise for a peaceful stroll. Dogs are banned between 1st May – 30th September, but outside these times, canines of all kinds will love the sandy shores on their furry paws.

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At the end of the day… 

After you’ve spent your Summer’s day enjoying the array of outdoor activities Lincolnshire has to offer, rest and relax at Washingborough Hall. Our heart-warming hotel in the heart of Lincolnshire has plenty to offer when it comes to fine dining and luxury stays. There truly is nowhere better to rest your head after an exciting day exploring the many outdoor activities in Lincolnshire.

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