10 of Lincolnshire’s best outdoor spaces for a socially distanced meet up
As this week progresses to step two of the UK government’s lockdown exit roadmap, people in England are no longer being told to stay at home but to “stay there”.
Under the latest coronavirus restrictions, up to six people or two households can now legally meet in outdoor public areas or in private gardens.
While social distancing guidelines continue to apply, many people take advantage of the good weather and see friends and family for the first time in months.
With that in mind, Lincolnshire Live has compiled a list of the county’s most impressive outdoor spaces for gathering with family or friends:
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1. Whisby Natural Park
With over ten kilometers of flat footpaths around Whisby’s famous ponds and lakes, Whisby Nature Park is the perfect spot for a day trip.
The trails, which stretch from 1.2 to 3 miles, are well signposted and feature a variety of wildlife to spot on a socially distant stroll.
Whisby is just 5 miles from Lincoln city center and is easily accessible from the A46.
Dogs are also welcome in the park, but must remain on a leash alongside the accompanying Thorpe Lake walk.
2. The Boston Woods Trust
With nearly 110 forests and parklands to explore, the Boston Woods Trust consists of Sir Joseph’s County Park and Fenside Woods locations. You can definitely be out and about all day without seeing a fraction of the nature on offer here.
With plenty of seating areas along the hiking trails, you’ll be spoiled for choice as to where to eat or drink.
One Trip Advisor user wrote, “Natural place to exercise and walk your dog. Nice place for your kids to explore the great outdoors, get fresh hair and run free. Lots of different routes so you don’t have to run into people. A. . Place to think and reflect. “
3. Lincoln South Common
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Perfect for an easily accessible stroll, Lincoln is very fortunate to have three large areas of common land in the city that are open to all members of the public.
Located in the Cross O’Cliff Hill and Canwick Road area, South Common has an impressive 80 acres and has been designated a nature reserve.
The wide variety of animals, including a population of larks and horses, makes it easy to forget that you are just a stone’s throw from the city center.
There are plenty of places to lay out your picnic blanket with great views of Lincoln Cathedral – it’s also said to be a great place to watch the sun go down.
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Sandilands is the first National Trust coastal area in the Midlands and will be the newest nature reserve in the county.
The National Trust is located near Sutton on Sea and is working to make the former Sandilands golf course a natural paradise and year-round natural experience for the public.
Well behaved, leashed dogs are welcome at Sandilands to ensure they don’t disturb any of the migratory bird species that make their home on the new reserve.
5. Stapleford Woods
A short drive from Lincoln near Newark-on-Trent, Stapleford Woods is another place of undisturbed beauty perfect for a breath of fresh air.
With a wide range of routes to choose from, the forests are popular with dog walkers, cyclists and horse riders.
There is a choice of flat and even hardcore trails or, for those feeling a little more adventurous, narrow forest trails to spend the day exploring.
6. Beaches on the east coast
One thing that Lincolnshire certainly isn’t lacking is the coastline – alongside several beaches to spend the day.
From Skegness to Mablethorpe and from Moggs Eye to Anderby Creek, we are spoiled for choice.
Many beaches have dog restrictions during certain months. So check them out online if you want to take your four-legged friend with you.
7. Hanworth County Park
Described as a “Hidden Gem”, Hanworth County Park is another addition to Lincolnshire’s stunning natural surroundings.
Just a short drive from Lincoln city center, Hanworth stretches over 42 acres and is the perfect place for a socially distant stroll.
One Trip Advisor user wrote, “This is a hidden gem of Lincoln. A newly constructed landscaped park 10 minutes from downtown.
“Open to the public for walking, exploring, and fishing, but also offers a range of accommodations including luxury lodges, glamping pods, and touring sites.
“During the lockdown, this was a little haven for peace and quiet, a place to train and escape the madness.”
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8. Tattershall Castle
While the castle will remain closed for a short time even under the current restrictions, visitors can enjoy the scenic walk in its beautiful surroundings.
Tattershall Castle is a well-preserved and rare red brick castle built by Ralph Cromwell in the 15th century. It is usually open to visitors who are able to climb the spiral staircase and explore Echo Chambers.
However, don’t let that stop you from visiting as there is still a lot to see without going in.
You can find the map of the suggested hiking route here.
9. Lincolnshire Wolds
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The Lincolnshire Wolds are one of the county’s most impressive and greatest natural beauties, making it the perfect place for a day of discovery.
With countless miles of walks, there is something for everyone and there are plenty of places to organize your picnic.
The Viking Way, a 147 mile footpath, begins on the banks of the Humber to the north and winds through some of the best walking trails in Lincolnshire before ending in Rutland Water.
If you’re looking for something short and simple, there is a slightly over three mile route that starts and ends at the Manor House.
The route is classified as a “fairly easy flat walk” and takes you on a loop tour through open farmland along the Route des Mill Rundle through the market town of Alford.
When planning a visit to the wolds with your pet, it is a good idea to check what areas dogs are allowed to go into and where to keep them on a leash.
Information can be found here.
10. Belton House
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You will be spoiled for choice on a day trip to Belton House in Grantham.
Designed in the 1680s, there is plenty to see and do both indoors and outdoors in its extensive gardens and parks.
Belton House is also a great success with parents due to its large forest adventure park. Some Trip Advisor users call it “the best park we’ve been to”.
Time slots must be booked in advance of arrival.