Walks in Lincolnshire
From hardcore ramblers and avid cyclists to young families wanting to enjoy the great outdoors, the variety of walks in Lincolnshire means there is something for everyone. Bask in the unspoiled countryside, explore the valleys and enjoy miles of beautiful views. From the flat Fens to the rumbling hills of the Wolds, Lincolnshire’s expansive countryside is made for walking.
The Tough Walk
One of the most famous walks in Lincolnshire, The Viking Way walk, spans an enormous 147 miles and is so named because it crosses an area which was once occupied by Norse invaders. winding its way between the Humber Bridge and Oakham in Rutland. Not for the novice walker and would be tricky to cycle as much of it is across fields and undulating terrain. Perfect for exploring truly unspoiled countryside and exploring hidden valleys passing through the Wolds with many little quaint rural villages. a challenging walk that would take a good 10 days but well worth the trek.
The walk is clearly marked out with viking helmet signs and there are various maps available. To get you started here’s a brief map I found quite handy (my handy map) showing the route from the banks of the Humber Bridge, crossing the Lincolnshire Wolds through Caistor, Bain Valley, Horncastle, Woodhall Spa and Witham Valley then crossing flat fenland to Lincoln. Then turning along the limestone Lincoln Cliff and over Lincoln Heath, Sewstern Lane and Woolsthorpe.
Why not try a section of the walk for a great day out. Regarded as one of the prettiest stretches through the Lincolnsfhire Wolds is from Donnington on Bain to Belchford passing through the village of Goulceby where the Three Horseshoes Pub offers camping, glamping and food, beer and coffee.
The Literary Walk
If you looking for a little more from your walk in Lincolnshire then the Water Rail Way is Perfect. The 33 mile route runs from Lincoln to Boston and is brought to life with unique works of art, viewing stands and sculptures celebrating everything Linconshire is renowned for from the Lincoln Red cows to the literary idol of 19th century, Tennyson who was born, brought up in (and inspired by) Lincolnshire. There are 20 miles of off-road path and then 13 miles which are on quiet country lanes passing through sleepy villages. Cycle, walk or even ride along this route, following a traffic-free path along the former Lincoln/Boston railway. If you’re wanting to do the entire route in a day I would suggest cycling. this route is ideal for families as it is interactive keeping children focused and motivated.
A good detailed map of this route is available from Lincolnshire County Council, a brochure called ‘Go With the Flow’ to get hold of this map call 01522 550613 or go to the visit lincolnshire website. There are some brief but handy maps online from the entire Water Rail way Map to sections of the Water Rail Way for the more novice walker/cyclist (or simply depending on where you are). Bardney to woodhall - Langrick to Boston -Lincoln to Bardney
The Easy Walk
If you’re looking for walks in Lincolnshire to enjoy the scenic views and marvel in the country side but don’t want to get a sweat on then the Spa Trail has your name on it. Just four Miles long spanning across flat terrain, surfaced path and bridleway it is perfect for young families (with buggies and prams) and is also wheelchair friendly. It runs along the mid section of Old Horncastle, Woodhall junction railway line and part of the Horncastle Canal. Enjoy the busy little antique town of Horncastle along this route. The Spa trail is a traffic free route and has a number of access points along the Trail. For info of these points take a look at the Spa Trail Leaflet.
The Woodland Walk
There are a lovely variety of woodland walks in Lincolnshire but one of my favourites has to be the ancient woods within Grimsthorpe Park. Explore the surrounding woodland area, one of Henry VIII favourite hunting spots. Make a day of it, walk, explore, play. Enjoy the Castle, the Gardens and the surrounding woodland. Explore the woodlands with waymarked park trails. These routes are incredibly family friendly avoiding difficult terrain and offering shorter alternate routes for younger families either 9 miles, 3 miles or 7 miles. Relax while the children or play in the woodland adventure playground. Perfect if you want a family day out.
The Ghost Walk
I’m sure this last one has baffled you but if you’re wanting something different then this one is for you, different from many other walks in Lincolnshire this is not a rural walk and it not a daytime activity. Explore Lincoln city with the Original Lincoln Ghost Walk (a guided tour), skirt around the castle, the cathedral and some locally famous streets whilst hearing spooky ghost stories of Lincoln’s historic past. The tour starts at seven and last about 90 minutes. The perfect way to end the day if you’ve got children or the perfect way to start the evening if you haven’t. Either way, an absolute must if you’re in the area.