Attractions

Attractions

wp8d0cec34_05_06We are well situated for touring the Lincolnshire Wolds an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Lincolnshire coast and Fens. The well known resort of Skegness is 12 miles away but the coast has far more to offer than this traditional holiday resort alone. Stretching from the Humber to the Wash, the sandy coastline combines a mix of seaside destinations and the solitude of nature. Beautiful secluded sand dunes and beaches stretch north from Skegness taking in the resorts of Sutton on Sea and Mablethorpe, while a little further up the coast is Donna Nook, the venue for one of nature’s great spectacles when seals come ashore in November to have their pups. Travelling south along the coast from Skegness you will find two significant bird and nature reserves. Gibraltar Point on the north flank of the Wash is an area of unspoilt coastline with important plant and animal communities. It is of international scientific interest comprising sandy and muddy sea-shore, sand dune, saltmarsh and freshwater habitats. The reserve extends a distance of about three miles along the Lincolnshire coast from the southern end of Skegness to the entrance of the Wash. A little further along the coast lies RSPB Freiston Shore, an individually designed and created lagoon, dotted with islands and overlooked by an observation hide, providing great views of some of the birds of the Wash – avocets and shelducks in summer, brent geese and huge flocks of roosting waders in winter.wp3551e5ed_05_06
The Wolds offer a complete contrast to the coast and Fens. The glorious rolling hills of the Wolds are a treat for cyclists and walkers. You can go at your own pace and take in the beautiful scenery and tranquillity. Many people are amazed by the Wolds (they are definitely Lincolnshire’s best kept secret, rivalling the Yorkshire Wolds for beauty).

If you are after a less energetic break, there are numerous fishing lakes in the area.
We are ideally situated for touring many interesting market towns. Horncastle (10 miles), one of the country’s best antiques towns; Louth (14 miles), known as the capital of the Wolds and a “foodie” haven; Caistor (36 miles), an attractive Roman walled market town on the western escarpment of the Wolds; Alford (6 miles), has a summer craft market and is home to a dramatic five-sailed windmill as well as Alford Manor House – one of England’s largest thatched manor houses; Woodhall Spa (16 miles), an Edwardian spa town on the southern edge of the Wolds where you will find the unique Kinema in the Woods, build in 1922, still using back projection and an original Compton organ; Wainfleet (15 miles), the home of family brewery Batemans who have been producing award-winning beers since 1874 .wpe8c718a7_05_06 The city of Lincoln is only 32 miles away with excellent shopping, a lively arts scene and one of Europe’s most stunning cathedrals (used in the filming of the Da Vinci Code) as well as a Norman castle and Roman gates.

The area was also the birthplace or home of several people who left their mark on history. Alfred Lord Tennyson was born at Somersby (6 miles). His “haunt of ancient peace” is said to be red-bricked Gunby Hall (4 miles); Matthew Flinders, the first circumnavigator of Australia, was married in Partney church to Ann Chappelle and a memorial stone cut from Port Philip Bay stands in the churchyard. Sir John Franklin, the Arctic explorer and discovered of the Northwest Passage across America, was born in Spilsby (1.5 miles). Botanist Sir Joseph Banks, who sailed with Captain Cook on the Endeavour, was born in Horncastle (10 miles).

wped16302a_05_06For those interested in speed, Cadwell Park is just 12 miles away. If speed on four legs is more your cup of tea, why not enjoy a day at the races at Market Rasen (28 miles). Air plane enthusiasts will find the area of particular interest. The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Visitor Centre is at RAF Coningsby (16 miles). The Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre at East Kirkby (5 miles) is the only place in the country to see a Lancaster bomber on its original airfield and ride in it! The Dambusters flew from RAF Scampton, RAF Conningsby, RAF Woodhall Spa and RAF Waddington.