From the flatlands of the Fens to the hills of the Wolds, Lincolnshire's wide-open spaces and big skies are tailor made for walking.

Looking for a walk in the Lincolnshire countryside?

With over 2500 miles of public rights of way there is plenty of opportunity to explore the varied and interesting Lincolnshire countryside. To help you discover more of the county on foot Lincolnshire County Council has put together a series of walk leaflets. Each leaflet includes a map, easy to follow directions and information on local history and wildlife. To find a walk go to our walk search where over 100 walks can be found, hopefully you will find at least one to try!

Stepping Out

Stepping Out is a collection of walks throughout quiet, unspoilt countryside in the heart of rural Lincolnshire. North Kesteven is a district of picturesque villages and exquisite medieval churches, a living landscape steeped in history and rich wildlife.

There are a number of walks that have been carefully chosen to bring our unique heritage to life and with accessible routes ranging from less than three to nine miles, there is a walk for everyone to go Stepping Out!  Take a look at the full selection of walks available and download the leaflets that are full of information about each walk, car parking, suggested places to stop for refreshments and places to visit along the way.


Challenging Walks

The Viking Way is a long distance footpath which starts on the banks of the Humber in the north and winds its way through Lincolnshire to finish on the shores of Rutland Water, a total of 235km (147 miles).

The route passes through the Wolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the market town of Horncastle, the Lincolnshire Limewoods, the City of Lincoln, the southern Lincolnshire Edge and the Kesteven Uplands before entering Leicestershire and Rutland.

The walk can be broken down into stages - see more information.


Literary Trails

Follow in the footsteps of one of the most famous poetic voices of the 19th century on the Tennyson Trail weaving around Lincolnshire's rolling landscapes that inspired Alfred Lord Tennyson, who was born and brought up in the county.

Or try the ‘Water Rail Way', a traffic-free path along the former Lincoln to Boston railway, brought to life with unique works of art, including of Lincoln Red cows - as well as more inspiring sculpture celebrating Tennyson.

Woodland Walks

For woodland walks, the Lincolnshire Limewoods, particularly Chambers Farm Wood, offer glorious walking throughout the year while the ancient woods within Grimsthorpe Park are where King Henry VIII once hunted deer.

City Tours

Or how about a city tour? Join a Lincoln city guide on a Cathedral Quarter walking tour... or one with a twist, a Lincoln Ghost or Roman walk.

Walking in the Lincolnshire Wolds

The Lincolnshire Wolds is a nationally important landscape. Most of it was designated an Area of Outstanding of Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1973. Covering an area of 216 square miles the AONB contains the highest ground in eastern England between Yorkshire and Kent. Rolling chalk hills and areas of sandstone and clay offers a wonderful landscape for walkers to explore.

Explore hidden valleys and soak up the views during the annual Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival.

Take some time to enjoy one of the area's many circular or linear walks, taking you a little further off the beaten track.



Lincolnshire Wolds


The Viking Way


Stepping Out


Explore the Spa Trail

Download a copy of the Spa Trail leaflet

Download this leaflet and enjoy walking, cycling or riding along the Spa Trail, a four mile trail on a flat, surfaced path and bridleway.  Ideal for wheelchair users and families with young children and pushchairs.


Water Rail Way

Download a map of the Water Rail Way

This 33 mile route links Lincoln and Boston.  There are 20 miles of off-road surfaced path suitable for walking, cycling and horse riding.  Using disused railway lines, for a long stretch it runs parallel to the river Witham.  The other 13 miles are on quiet country lanes.

See the Water Rail Way Map - Bardney to Woodhall - Langrick to Boston - Lincoln to Bardney - Water Rail Way Artworks