Favourite places in North Kesteven

Photo Courtesy North Kesteven Didtrict CouncilIf you take a trip cross the River Witham from Woodhall Spa, over Kirkstead Bridge, you will be leaving East Lindsey District and entering North Kesteven, one of the five districts which divide Lincolnshire. Over the past year North Kesteven District Council’s tourism team held a photographic competition open to amateur photographers of all ages encouraging visitors and residents of the district to get out and about and show what they love about the Heart of Lincolnshire.

The photos submitted captured the distinctiveness of the area and  showcased some wonderful places to visit all year round. The most popular photos also now feature in a 2017 Calendar available to buy for only £3.99 from Cogglesford Watermill, Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre and Navigation House during opening hours, or you can also download them via Dropbox here. Continue reading


From the Woodhall Spa notice boards, Christmas 2015

Only three weeks to go, so here’s a selection of festive events this month to put on your calendar, as advertised in the traditional way: Continue reading

Mayor of Lincoln to ride the Water Rail Way

I recently wrote about the delights of the Water Rail Way, the public foot / cycle path which passes through Kirsktead, near Woodhall Spa, connecting Boston and Lincoln, running mostly along the bed of the old railway line alongside the River Witham.


In a  few weeks time, the Mayor of Lincoln, Councillor Brent Charlesworth will cycle the 33-mile journey along the Water Railway, from Boston Guildhall to Lincoln Guildhall, as the last fundraising exercise of his mayoral year.

The cost to join in the ride is £5 for adults and £2.50 for children, and there’s a goodie bag and a reception at Lincoln Guildhall with the civic party at the end of the ride. For more information or to book tickets, please email charlotte.powell@lincoln.gov.uk, or call 01522 873507.

Councillor Charlesworth will set out from Boston Guildhall at 11am on Sunday, May 3. You can start with him, or you can join the ride Continue reading

Take time out on the Water Rail Way

Picture courtesy Railway PathsSpring is on its way, and there are plenty of walks and cycle paths to enjoy without straying too far from Woodhall Spa. One of the most interesting is the Water Rail way, which is now open from Lincoln to Boston, mostly following the old railway line alongside the River Witham. The name is a neat play on words; the water rail is also the name of a bird described by the RSPB as “….a fairly common but highly secretive inhabitant of freshwater wetlands”. (So don’t bet on spotting one here……)

You can pick up the path at Kirkstead Bridge, under two miles from The Petwood Hotel along Witham Road (B1191) toward Lincoln, or via Green Lane (nicer but longer walk, 1.8 miles). You can either walk, ride or catch the Brylaine bus from the village centre, or park your car on the old Witham Road opposite the garage, just before the bridge, near the old Kirkstead rail junction (now a private house), where the railway used to divide to take folk to Woodhall Spa and Horncastle. Continue reading

Visit Kirkstead Abbey and St. Leonard’s Chapel

Picture Courtesy Woodhall Spa Cottage MuseumThe site of Kirkstead Abbey is an easy walk or cycle ride from the Petwood Hotel. You can find it on Abbey Lane, a single track road which loops round from the Abbey Lodge Inn on Tattershall Road (B1192) to join Witham Road (B1191) just by the Woodhall Spa football ground.

There is no car park but if you do drive there, you can usually park by the side of the road.

It’s a short trip in miles, but a long one in time, as you travel back nine centuries.

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