Dis­cover the Lin­colnshire Wolds

This des­ig­nated Area of Out­stand­ing Nat­u­ral Beauty boasts ev­ery­thing from tran­quil ram­bles to quirky mar­ket towns har­bour­ing his­tor­i­cal gems

YOURS (UK) - - Inside - By Katharine Woot­ton

Go mar­ket-hop­ping

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

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