Boating and sailing

Boating and Sailing

Lincolnshire's peaceful waterways are perfect for boaters looking for a rural escape.


Since Roman times, Lincolnshire's waterways have welcomed visitors and today our coastline, canals and rivers provide a chance to really get away from it all.

Flowing for 36 miles through quiet, flat Lincolnshire countryside, the River Witham - linking historic Lincoln with Boston - has plenty of attractions, including Fiskerton Fen, with its Nature Reserve, and Kirkstead Bridge, offering access to Woodhall Spa, an Edwardian spa town with unique Dambuster aviation connections and walking (or cycling) trails.

The Fossdyke Navigation, built by the Romans and thought to be Britain's oldest canal, flows for 11 miles from the River Trent and picturesque Torksey Lock is a popular mooring spot with a small interpretation centre and tea room.

Follow the Fossdyke and boaters will arrive in the Cathedral city of Lincoln and the colourful and vibrant Brayford Waterfront with its Lincoln Marina offering permanent and temporary moorings.

Cruising on through the centre of Lincoln, boaters encounter the Glory Hole - a curious tunnel formed by an ancient, half-timbered building which perches over the River Witham.

To the south, the Fens offer memorable sunsets and wildlife-rich landscapes while an exciting new waterway, the Fens Waterways Link, is currently creating a waterway lining the great cathedral cities of Lincoln and Peterborough. Already open are 19 miles of navigation along the Black Sluice Navigation, at Boston, previously closed for 40 years.


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For more information

Visit Waterscape - the British Waterways leisure website

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