The Woodhall Spa Trail in winter

Just because it’s January, there’s no excuse for not going out to enjoy our Lincolnshire countryside, and there are some really enjoyable walks not far from the village centre. I have mentioned the Water Rail Way, which follows the River Witham from Boston to Lincoln, but another favourite is the Woodhall Spa Trail, which connects the village to the nearby market town of Horncastle.

This trail features in the iFootpath Walking Guide online series where you will find a mine of information for each section of this walk. The succinct introduction talks of: “A 7 mile ‘there and back’ walk along the mid section of the old Horncastle to Woodhall Junction railway line in Lincolnshire, known as the Spa Trail. The trail, part of the Viking Way long distance path, passes through a mix of woodland and open countryside. Along the way you will discover impressive sculptures made from wood, stone and metal, all reflecting local wildlife and links with the past.”

The iFootpath web page also has a photo gallery and a couple of comments, one of which sums the walk up well: “Done this walk many times with the ramblers and ourselves. Never tire of – it’s a lovely winter walk even without your walking boots on. Well worth a visit and with pubs & tea shops either end you cannot fail to enjoy.”

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Ride the Tiger Moth trail

The Petwood Hotel is the proud sponsor of this 55-mile cycling and walking trail, just one of eight on offer around the city of Lincoln and surrounding countryside commemorating 100 years of the RAF and the close association that Lincoln and Lincolnshire has with aviation. It’s part of Visit Lincoln’s 100 Voices initiative, which tells the story of the RAF through the people who have experienced it, both men and women, in military and civilian roles. The 100 Voices are presented on “Wings” placed in a hundred Lincoln and Lincolnshire locations that have an association with the RAF.

This circular trail starts in Lincoln and brings you via the Water Rail Way to the Woodhall Spa wing near the war memorial, only a short ride or walk to The Petwood, where you can experience the famous “Dambusters” 617 Squadron Officers’ Mess.         Continue reading

Lincolnshire Wolds videos

Earlier this month I noticed three rather nice videos on Youtube promoting the Lincolnshire Wolds which have now been compiled into one feature. There are quite a few scenes shot on our patch, dotted around the three original films, so it’s worth staying with it to the end. Why not sit back, take your mind off mustard gas down in the woods and see how many places or people you recognise!

Petwood Hotel in the news

And it’s all good news! The Petwood was recently voted the Best Hotel in the East of England by Best Loved Hotels. Voters in this influential competition particularly praised:

 

 

  • The history of the house, not least of all its connection to aviation history
  • Walking in the gardens and exploring the Lincolnshire Wolds
  • Excellent cuisine made from local ingredients
  • The original Edwardian features bring a bygone age back to life
  • Golfers love being adjacent to Woodhall Spa Golf

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Fungi spotting around Woodhall Spa

The Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust’s Horncastle and Woodhall Spa Area Group are organising a Fungi Spotting Walk, scheduled for Sunday 30th October, starting at 10am in the Woodhall Country Park, on Stixwould Road. The walk is free, and should take about two hours or more. Check here for updates to the event date – subject to the summer weather bringing forward the fungi season. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the weather on the day.

“Come along and learn more about fascinating fungi. Please note that specimens will only be taken for further identification, none will be gathered for consumption!”

Gibraltar Point Centre and Gunby Hall

Full marks to the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust for the splendid new visitor centre at Gibraltar Point which opened earlier this summer. The spectacular new £1m building replaces the former centre, which suffered extensive flood damage during the storm surge in December 2013. The trust is taking no chances this time – the building is raised on stilts to protect it from any future flooding.

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Walk the Lincolnshire Wolds this summer

Photo courtessy Lincolshire Wolds Walking FestivalFrom the Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival:

Launched this weekend  from the pretty village of Donington-on-Bain we can promise you sixteen days of really good walking in and around the Lincolnshire Wolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, until our festival finale at Gunby Estate, Hall and Gardens National Trust property on 5 June.

We’ve got 113 great walks in the pipeline for this year’s festival, ranging from energetic day-long rambles to gentle strolls, plus lots of activities to involve all the family. Our event is 12 years old this year, but we’ve still got new and interesting walks to offer, as well as some old favourites.

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