10 Outdoor Activities

A list of some things to do outdoors in Lincolnshire.

1. Animal crackers

Lincolnshire is blessed with some magnificent nature reserves and stunning locations, especially for watching birds. Among top spots are Gibraltar Point Nature Reserve, RSPB Frampton Marsh Nature Reserve and Far Ings National Nature Reserve among many others. But it’s not just about birds, For another amazing animal adventure, try winter seal spotting at Donna Nook Nature Reserve.

2. Natural Wonders

There’s plenty we could highlight, such as the breathtaking Lincolnshire Wolds or the beguilingly flat Fens, reclaimed by man from the sea, but a relatively new beauty spot seems one to watch. In a natural setting, where the rivers Trent and Ouse join to form the Humber, Alkborough Flats is a haven for wading birds and wildfowl.

3. Water Rail Way

Walkers, and indeed cyclists, can take their pick from some great trails, but for a Lincolnshire walk or cycle, the ‘Water Rail Way’ is a traffic-free path along the former Lincoln to Boston railway, brought to life with quirky works of art, including Lincoln Red cows – and inspiring sculpture celebrating local poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

4. Pedal power

How about cycling past a Viking long ship! It’s another sculpture, this time on The Spa Trail, a surfaced path between Horncastle and Woodhall Spa. For something more challenging, the long distance Hull-to-Harwich National Cycle Route runs through the county from Barton-upon-Humber to Holbeach in the Lincolnshire Fens.

5. Wandering the Waterways

The River Witham, linking Lincoln with Boston, flows for 36 miles through countryside, while the 11-mile Fossdyke Navigation links with Lincoln’s Brayford Waterfront. Enjoy marinas and moorings, take a Brayford pleasure cruise, or elsewhere jump aboard the Spalding Water Taxi.

6. Golf, anyone?

As you’d expect from the home of English golf, there’s a few courses to test you – in fact, more than 50. From championship to 9-holes, there are quality courses to suit. The National Golf Centre is the home of English golf, while among other top rated clubs are Seacroft, a traditional links course, Belton Park, set in parkland, and Elsham, part parkland and part heathland.

7. Whisby Nature Park

Created by quarrying for sand and gravel, this beautiful landscape may have once been barren, but today it is rich in wildlife and home to some great walks and trails. Attracting a wide range of wildlife, including sand martins and swallows, as well as terns that nest on the islands, the glass-fronted Natural World Visitor Centre has seasonal exhibitions and The Boardwalk Café with lakeside views.

8. Hands-on outdoor activities

For a little more adrenaline-based outdoor fun try Off Limits Events Centre at Spruce Lodge, which offers everything from Segway Safaris and quad bikes to archery and pistol shooting – all in a beautiful woodland setting. For high ropes adventure and abseiling Caistor Outdoor Pursuits Centre caters for all abilities. Even try a spot of horse riding, Lincolnshire has a range of quality riding schools. If you fancy a holiday, try staying at Grange Farm who provide accommodation for guests to bring their horses on holiday.

9. Water’s Edge Country Park

Covering 86 acres on the south bank of the River Humber, Waters' Edge has great views of the Humber Bridge as well as a wealth of wildlife in its collection of ponds, reedbeds, meadows and woodlands. The award-winning visitor centre is one of ‘greenest’ buildings in the UK.

10. Something a little different?

How about trekking with Llamas? Family run Lincoln Llamas specialises in organising guided walks with these fascinating creatures. Even better, among options for walkers are daytime strolls with a cream tea or Lincolnshire picnic, or an evening trek ending with a meal at a country pub.