Discover the Lincolnshire Wolds
This designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty boasts everything from tranquil rambles to quirky market towns harbouring historical gems
Quaint little market towns are the lifeblood of the Wolds, so visit as many as you can! Louth is a real gem, hailed by TV’s The Hairy Bikers as a ‘foodie mecca’ because of its vibrant food markets and thriving local shops, selling everything from traditional Lincolnshire sausages, to speciality cheeses to plum loaf. Head to the nearby chalk valley, Hubbard’s Hill, for a picnic with a view.
Horncastle is another must-visit, with its cobbled streets and thatched houses. A highlight is to hunt down the remains of the Roman wall that’s hidden away in the local library.
■ Where to eat: Try Shakesby’s, Horncastle. It’s a cosier-than-cosy setting, perfect for escaping autumn chills and diving into traditional British fare with a modern twist.
■ Call 01507 526626 or visit www.shakesbys.co.uk
Wander with wildlife
Immerse yourself in bird song with a walk through Snipe Dales, the woodland country park that’s also home to butterflies, dragonflies and owls. Wander through a floor of orchids, or duck beneath the pines as you make your way around one of three different trails. Wildlife lovers should also take a trip to the coast, where you can spot the seals which raise their pups near the sand dunes of Donna Nook National Nature Reserve every November and December. Or get out your binoculars for birdwatching at Wolla Bank Reedbed on Anderby Creek, which is one of Lincolnshire’s most secluded and stunning beaches.
■ Call Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust on 01507 526667 or visit www.lincstrust.org.uk
Flicks in the sticks
Step back to the golden age of film at the Kinema in the Woods in Woodhall Spa. Dating back to 1922, this cute-as-abutton vintage cinema is the only place in the country still using rear projection, where films are projected from behind the screen and onto a mirror to flip the image. During the Second World War it became affectionately known as ‘Flicks in the Sticks’, as it entertained the servicemen and women. A big treat is watching the cinema’s organ rise from under the stage at film intervals.
■ Call 01526 352166 or visit www.thekinemainthewoods.co.uk
■ Where to eat: Tea House in the Woods, which has been serving dainty delicacies since 1903 and does one of the loveliest Sunday lunches in the area.
Call 01526 354455 or visit www.teahouseinthewoods.co.uk