Visit the county by bike, boot or boat
Whether you prefer to meander through waterways, hike through the countryside or see some of the county’s most scenic views from the tarmac of the best cycle routes there is plenty to keep you entertained this summer.
PUT YOUR BOOTS ON
Lincolnshire is home to hundreds of miles of public highways. The Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival is celebrating its twelfth anniversary this year and the two week festival has over 113 walks, ranging from energetic day-long rambles to gentle strolls. Starting in late May and running until Sunday 5th June the Festival is open to all members of the public.
Later on in the summer, between 24th September and 30th October, the second year of the South Lincs Walking Festival will take place. From the Lincoln Edge in the west to the Fenlands of the east, South Lincolnshire has an extremely varied landscape that has witnessed Bronze Age burials, Iron Age mints, roman forts, the Knights Templar, castles and abbeys. But the festival isn’t only for history lovers! Whether you want to roam with Ramblers, have an adventure with your kids, get snapping on a photography foray or take you pooch out for a guided ‘walkies’, there’s something for everyone. The walks will take place on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays so that those who work or want to involve the family don’t miss out.
GET ON YOUR BIKE!
Cycling has become a popular sport in recent years, with many people taking it up as a hobby and joining one of the many hundreds of cycle clubs nationally. Lincolnshire is home to many of these, and joining is easy, all you need is a little bit of enthusiasm (and a bike)! Visit www.britishcycling.org.uk for more details.
Lincolnshire has two main cycle routes, 1 and 64. Route 1 is the national route, which will take you from the south of the county, through Lincoln and up to the north taking in some of Lincolnshire’s areas of outstanding national beauty. Route 64 takes in the south west of the county leading from Newark to Lincoln. The national cycle network is not the only way to see the county by bike. Lincolnshire has a wealth of trails suitable for both cyclists and walkers.
LIKE A DUCK TO WATER
If you are looking for a more relaxing way to see the county you can visit one of the many waterways. In the south you will find the Spalding Water Taxi which links Springfield’s Shopping Centre and Festival Gardens with the town centre. If you want to have some time with your friends and family, their self-drive hire boats start from just £80, so why not treat yourself to a trip along the Welland? For those looking to extend their stay in the south of the county the Sleaford narrowboat is available for weekly hire.
Head further north in the county to the town of Boston and you can make the most of both river and sea cruising. Heading out to the Wash you will see some fantastic wildlife in their natural habitats.
If you are visiting Lincoln, a trip on the Brayford Belle is a must. Sit back, relax and enjoy the sights of Lincoln and the countryside from a different perspective aboard a 50-60 minute guided canal trip with a very entertaining commentary about Lincoln’s past and present.