Introducing: The Lincolnshire Wolds AONB

Close to the Lincolnshire coastline, east of the beautiful city of Lincoln is an area of outstanding natural beauty often overlooked by the rural tourist.

The Lincolnshire Wolds AONB is an area of 216 miles² surrounded by the main market towns of Alford, Caistor, Horncastle, Louth, Market Rasen and Spilsby and has been a designated AONB for more than 40 years on account of its rolling hillsides, picturesque landscapes and unspoiled scenery.

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The Lincolnshire Wolds AONB

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It is an attractive destination for walkers, cyclists, outdoor enthusiasts and countryside lovers, but remains to be one of England’s best-kept secrets.

Although the area has a much lower national profile than locations such as the Cotswolds and North Yorkshire Moors it has a lot of untapped potential, boasting a number of scenic walking trails. It is also the birthplace of poet laureate Alfred, Lord Tennyson, and VisitEngland has declared 2017 to be the "Year of Literary Heroes" which coincides with the 125th anniversary of Tennyson’s death.

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Places to stay:

1) Brackenborough Hall, Louth
Available all year round and suitable for groups of up to 24 (and dogs), Brackenborough Hall is an award-winning 18th Century coach house on the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds (AONB).
It is fully accessible and is situated in beautiful Lincolnshire countryside on a working farm so whether you're planning an adventure out in the wolds or just fancy exploring the local area, there's plenty to see and do.

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Rooms with a view

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2) Woodhall Country Park, Woodhall Spa
Just south-west of the Lincolnshire Wolds AONB is Woodhall Country Park near Woodhall Spa, which is an award-winning five-star camping, glamping and touring park for outdoorsy tourists.
Surrounded by woodland, happy campers will be close to nature and the great British outdoors.

3) The Manse B&B, Grimoldby
For those looking for a cosy B&B with access to the coast, the Lincolnshire Wolds AONB and a full English breakfast, The Manse can accommodate single travellers to families and is accessible with ground floor rooms and ensuite bathrooms.

Places to eat and drink:

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The Lincolnshire coastline

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1) Batemans Brewery and Visitor Centre, Wainfleet
Real ale lovers will relish a visit to the Batemans Brewery, based in a 200-year-old windmill which combines industrial heritage with a passion for beer.
Open Wednesday to Sunday, you can enjoy a tour of the brewery followed by a bite to eat and a pint of Batemans in the bar.

2) Pepper Pot Tea Room, Caistor
The Pepper Pot Tearoom at Hall Farm Park, serves locally sourced and homemade food. Based at Hall Farm Park, a fun family attraction, it caters for all dietary requirements and is open to the public as well - regardless of whether you're staying to visit the farm.

3) The Fat Seagull, Sutton-on-Sea
No trip to the Lincolnshire coast is complete without fresh seafood. The Fat Seagull near Sandilands Beach offers fresh coffee, homemade cakes, freshly baked bread and the catch of the day along with other local produce and home-cured sausages.

Things to do:

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Follow in Tennyson's footsteps

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1) Take the Wolds Walk - in the footsteps of Tennyson
Throughout the year, as the seasons change you can follow in the footsteps of Alfred Lord Tennyson and explore the area that inspired much of his early work on the Wolds Walk. Visit Somersby; the hamlet that was home to the Tennyson family and linger in Tetford, where the 16th-century White Hart Inn served as the poet’s local.

2) A trip to the seaside
The Lincolnshire coast is only a short drive away from the Wolds – perfect for an alternative seaside break. Whilst you would be able to explore the more traditional holiday resorts of Skegness and Mablethorpe (where Tennyson spent much of his childhood holidays) attracts millions of visitors each year, Lincolnshire also boasts a more ‘natural’ coastline, where you can enjoy miles of unspoilt sand dunes and experience the UK’s first and only ‘Official Cloud Spotting’ area at Anderby Creek. 

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Seal spotting

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3) Walk on the wild side
At Gibraltar Point, a dynamic stretch of unspoiled coastline situated just three miles south of Skegness, you can enjoy rooftop views of the Lincolnshire coast and also get up close with the sheer scale and diversity of wildlife that descends among the saltmarshes and high tides during every season. At Donna Nook National Nature Reserve, which covers more than 6.25 miles of coastline, hundreds of grey seals come ashore between November and December to give birth to their pups near the sand dunes; a wildlife spectacle which attracts visitors from across the UK.

Megan is the owner of Rural Roots PR & Journalism, specialising in rural tourism, where her passion for travel, heritage and a great visitor experience inspired her to start 'The Rural Travel Guide'.

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