The Lincolnshire Wolds is a great base for exploring the county. There are so many amazing views and lots of rolling countryside to see. If you enjoy a ramble through the countryside, The Wolds should be on your list of places to visit.
To help you get exploring, we have put together some of our best walks in the Lincolnshire Wolds.
Hubbard’s Hills, Louth.
An Area of Natural Beauty, directly west of Louth. It is a highly unique glacial overspill channel formed as a result of the last ice age, over 40,000 years ago. Today it is very popular for dog walking and picnics.
The Park is dedicated to the memory of Annie Pahud, the wife of Auguste Pahud, who moved Louth in 1875 to take up duties as a German and French teacher.
The trustees of Auguste Pahud bought Hubbard’s Hills to honour his wish to create a memorial for Annie. They established an Edwardian pleasure garden with a lake, a country park, and a memorial. The conveyance required “the natural beauty of the property and its rural character is to be forever maintained”.
The Park is open year-round, and you will find lots of facilities, including café/tearoom and toilets.
Red Hill Nature Reserve, Stenigot, Louth.
The area comprises 1.6 hectares (4 acres) of steep chalk escarpment grassland with some scrub and 1.6 hectares of old plateau grassland, and a disused quarry with a famous exposure of Red Chalk which is rich in fossils.
Red Hill is one of the most attractive and interesting fragments of ancient ‘sheep walk’ downland which once covered much of the chalk wolds. Part of the site used to be a barley field.
You can visit all year round, but the best time is between April and August, note that dogs are not permitted.
The Lindsey Trail
Starting in Market Rasen and stretching 69 miles to Horncastle, this is not a walking route you will complete in one go.
You will find the starting point in Willingham Woods Car Park where there is also a café. The initial idea for the trail was created by local carriage drivers who worked with the Mid-Lincs Access Forum and Lincolnshire County Council to develop it. The route is suitable for walkers, horse-riders cyclists and carriage drivers.
All the way around the trail there are signposts marking the Lindsey Trail with purple colour coding, so it’s not too difficult to stay on track.
Binbrook-Stainton Le Vale
A wonderful walk through grassy valleys and over hilltops. The walk crosses the site of the old Orford Priory, now a series of lumps in the ground, but once an important settlement.
The walk is mainly paths and tracks with some steep slopes. Some of the paths could be muddy and slippery. Allow 2.5 to 3 hours for the walk.
Parking is available from Kimond Road and there are toilets available from Market Place.
This walk at the southern edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds offers some fine hilltop views and takes in the scene of the Civil War Battle of Winceby. The route is waymarked by a crossed sword symbol. There has been human settlement in this area since prehistoric times, and the marks that generations of people have left upon the landscape are still visible today.
Parking is available from Snape Dales Nature Reserve and toilets can be found at Snape Dales Country Park car park.
Bag Enderby and Somersby
This route is a fantastic choice for those with a love of poetry. As it’s believed the countryside around Bag Enderby and Somersby served as the inspiration for many of Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s early works.
Born in Somersby House, Tennyson spent his childhood exploring the areas around these two villages. These walks take in some of the sights that inspired the Poet Laureate, including the ‘The Poets Tree’ and the bridge over the River Lymn.
Parking is available on the grass verge in front of Bag Enderby church.
Asterby and Goulceby
These two pleasant routes offer a circular walk around the parishes of Goulceby and Asterby, passing through farmland, quiet lanes, and part of the Viking Way.
Goulceby owes its name to its first settler, Kolkr the Dane, during the Viking period. Whilst Asterby’s name stems from the Danish word ‘Eystri’, owing to Kolkr’s eastern lands. The walk passes the Old Graveyard stemming from this Viking period, as well as a chance to visit the Red Hill Nature Reserve.
Refreshments are available from the Three Horseshoes Pub, and if you ask nicely, perhaps the landlord will let you park there too…
After a long day walking in the countryside, there is nothing better than being able to take the weight off and relax in a hot tub. If we have inspired you to explore Lincolnshire and you need somewhere to stay, be sure to check out Landal Kenwick Woods.
Landal Kenwick Woods is set within a beautiful mature woodland that surrounds the secluded 320-acre 19th century Kenwick Park Estate. Ideally placed within the beautiful Lincolnshire Wolds; it’s close to the coast, the countryside, and less than an hour from the historic and vibrant city of Lincoln.