Walking in Lincolnshire
There's plenty to explore in Linconshire; the county is about forty miles wide and seventy miles long with a variety of scenery including fenland, woodland and, of course, the City of Lincoln. Although the county is one of the largest in England, its population density is one of the lowest, so there is plenty of open space and attractive countryside.
The Lincolnshire Wolds, perhaps the most famous landscape feature of the county, are certainly the best destination for country walking. This fourty mile stretch of chalk upland to the west of Georgian Louth is exceptionally pleasing to the eye with scenes of sheep grazing on green rolling hills, deep valleys with haging beechwoods and sunlight glinting on peaceful streams. The Wolds also offer a striking contrast to the flat fenlands, rising to their highest point near Normanby le Wold. Attractive villages around which to base walks are Somersby (birthplace of Lord Tennyson), with fine views over the Fens; Old Bolingbroke; Tealby and Wold Newton. There are others included in the guides below and they mostly seem to be in a time warp; sleepy, tranquil places that the modern world seemed to have no use for. But that's the world's loss, for to those who appreciate the countryside the Lincolnshire Wolds provides idylic walking.
If you fancy a change from hill walking then the Lincolnshire fenland might interest you. Look at the Ordnance Survey map and you'll be hard pressed to find a height above 10m in this rich, fertile agricultural area. However, you'll also find it difficult to plan a convenient route, as the endless drainage ditches make for difficult passage. The overiding sense one has when walking in this flat landscape is one of big skies. A walk around Boston can give a feel of the Fens, and the town is worth visiting; you can't miss it as the Boston Stump, tower of the magnificent parish church, can be seen for miles. Spalding, during the tulip festival is also a riot of colour in the tulip fields.
South Thoresby - South Thoresby is a small hamlet about 8 miles south of Louth. There are several impressive houses in the village including the old rectory with fine banded brickwork which is opposite the Georgian church.
OS Maps: Explorer 274
A Walk from South Thoresby [TF
Stamford - The market town of Stamford,
located on the River Welland, is a conservation area because of its
historical importance. It was the capital of the Fens in Danish times
and has many ancient ecclesiastical buildings, the oldest of which is
St Leonard's Priory, an 11th century Benedictine house. This led to
the town's charter being granted by Henry III in 1254. The town was
later a prosperous wool town and several important almshouses were constructed
by rich wool merchants including Browne's hospital in Broad Street.
Queen Anne houses and elegant Georgian mansions add to the town's architectural
OS Maps: Explorer 234
A Walk from Stamford [TF 028070]
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