The Lincolnshire Wolds

Things to do, places to visit, delicacies to try

Within 5 miles

On the cottage doorsteps:

Barn Owl at Rigsby church
Lots of nature
Rigsby's St James church
St James
Cyling in the local country lanes
Country lanes for cycling
Walking through Rigsby Wood nature reserve
Rigsby Wood reserve
Track to Ailby
Farm bridle way

There are numerous footpaths, bridleways and quiet lanes allowing you to explore on foot or by bicycle: the fields, the hedge-rows, the small Norman church and the delightful Rigsby Wood, while listening to the local bird song, watching the wildlife and observing the great views stretching from the holiday cottage in the Lincolnshire Wolds to the coast and beyond.

Up to 2 miles from the holiday cottages:

Alford from the air
Alford from the air
Alford windmill
Alford Windmill
Alford craft market
Alford craft market
Alford's childrens playground
The playground in Alford
Haugh (1 mile)

After visiting Alford Manor house (awarded Highly Commended Lincolnshire Star Award in 2007) take the opportunity to enjoy exquisite homemade cakes and biscuits in their beautiful tea rooms, before making the short journey to Alford's five sailed Windmill, on the edge of this popular market town, to tour the mill and experience the flour milling process first hand. Alternatively visit the Mill's Old Engine House for Victorian and Edwardian antiques. You can purchase flour & oats from their ground floor shop as a souvenir of your visit. If you should be visiting over the late May or August Bank Holiday Weekends, we highly recommend Alford Craft market that features interesting crafts such as glass-blowing, blacksmithing, ceramics, restoration crafts and musical instrument makers. Alford also has a modern, safe and fun playground for the younger visitors.

Up to 5 miles from the holiday cottages:

On Your Marques
On Your Marques
Austin’s Equines
Austin’s Equines
Swaby top 1 (4 miles)
Calceby church (3 miles)

At Claythorpe Watermill and Wildfowl Gardens you can watch closely over five hundred birds wandering freely to feel part of their environment. Woodthorpe Hall Golf Club is a full 18-hole course, measuring 5,140 yards off the white tees (with an SSS of 65 and a Par 67). Lincs Aquatics, also at Woodthorpe, is one of Britain's largest indoor aquatic superstores and is always interesting for young children to visit. If you fancy a 4 car Scaletrix race or to see many hundreds of yesteryear models then head to On Your Marques at Mumby or for Western style horse riding visit Austin’s Equine at Aliby.

Lincolnshire Wolds

Rolling Lincolnshire Wolds at Burwell
Rolling wolds Burwell (8 miles)
Thathwell in the Lincolnshire Wolds
Thathwell (10 miles)
Louth from fields of the Lincolnshire Wolds
Louth from fields (10 miles)
Lincolnshire Wolds Railway
Lincolnshire Wolds Railway
Redhill reserve in the Lincolnshire Wolds
Redhill nature reserve (10 miles)
Tennyson’s home Somersby picture courtsey of
Tennyson’s home Somersby (by M. Kelly)

The Lincolnshire Wolds were designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) in 1973 on account of their high scenic beauty. Rigsby Village is located just on the eastern edge of this designated area. There are many beautiful places to explore ether by foot, cycle, car and even air (hang gliders regularly practice near Cadwell).

Louth, known as the capital of the Lincolnshire Wolds, has many independent shops and BBC Countryfile in 2012 named it Britain’s favourite market town. Markets are held on Wednesdays, Friday and Saturdays with a cattle market each Thursday.

Somersby village where Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Poet Laureate, was born and raised. His The Babbling Brook is in reference to a small stream in Somersby. The ’wold’ In The Lady of Shalott means a hill as found here in Lincolnshire.

The Lincolnshire Wolds historic railway has 1.5 miles of restored track and a number of steam and diesal engines, with Footplate Experience and Signalman courses available so you can get really involved.

Horncastle - famous for its numerous high quality antiques shops and Crowders Nurseries - a seventh generation family business, set in colourful acres on a hillside, amongst mature trees

Lincolnshire delicacies

Lincolnshire Wolds Railway
Our cousins butter

Lincolnshire Poacher Cheese The Lincolnshire Poacher Cheese is prepared using freshly produced unpasteurised milk from their own dairy herd which graze on the rolling hills of the Jones's farm giving the distinctive characteristics of this famous cheese.

Lincolnshire Sausage: Made from coarsely ground, minced or chopped Lincolnshire pork giving an open texture in the finished cooked sausage. The seasoning of the Lincolnshire sausage has a predominant sage flavour with small amounts of other seasonings, salt, pepper and spices added to satisfy local tastes. We recommend Saywell's Butchers in Alford.

Myers famous Lincolnshire Plum Loaf In 1901 Charles Myers baked his first batch of Lincolnshire plum loaves. From that day on, four generations of the Myers family have continued the tradition using the same recipe. This moist and fruity loaf with a unique taste of its own has become popular with people all over the country.

Lincolnshire, Stuffed Chine A traditional May Day or Christenings serving, neck chine of pig is stuffed with parsley and wrapped in muslin cloth before being boiled and left to cool. A unique taste.

Lincolnshire Haslet Sausage meat wrapped in a natural fat membrane and roasted before serving cold.

Pubs and Restaurants closeby:

The Anchor Inn and The Half Moon all in Alford - 1.5 miles
The Railway Inn in Aby - 4 miles - award winning friendly family run pub. Offering home cooked extensive menu and superb real ales too
Belleau Smokery - 6 miles - delicous freshly caught trout, hot and cold smoked trout, pates - mackerel or trout, fishcakes, smoked eel, kippers and mackerel.
Excellent Chinese, Indian and Italian restaurants in Spilsby including the delightful Nelson Butt Inn - 7 miles
Numerous cafes and restaurants in Louth - 10 miles

Within 40 miles

Lincoln Cathedral by Daniele Casanova Photography
Lincoln Cathedral (by Daniele Casanova)
Sutton-on-Sea beach
Sutton-on-Sea beach

Up to 10 miles from the holiday cottages:

Mablethorpe's family holiday and beach resort - some of the finest sand in the UK
Sutton on Sea's beach - peaceful
Mablethorpe's Seal Sanctuary
Surfing at Sandilands

Up to 15 miles from the holiday cottages:

The Skegness Holiday Beach Resort
Cadwell Park race circuit - plenty of motorbike and car racing and track days at this delightful circuit nestly in the Lincolnshire Wolds.
The Lincolnshire Church Farm Museum at Skegness
Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre - take a ride in a Lancaster Bomber
Bolingbroke Castle - built around 1230 and is famous for being the birthplace of the King Henry IV in 1366.
Tattershall Castle - is a dramatic 15th-century red-brick tower, providing magnificent views stretching from Boston 'Stump' to Lincoln Cathedral.

Up to 25 miles from the holiday cottages:

Pleasure Island Family Theme Park - at Cleethorpes
Batemans Brewery - one of the country's oldest family breweries
The National Golf Centre at Woodhall Spa, the Home of English Golf. Where anyone can experience world-class golf courses and Academy.

Up to 40 miles from the holiday cottages:

Lincoln Cathedral and the famous Lincoln Imp
Usher Art Gallery
Lincoln Castle
RSPB Titchwell Marsh Nature Reserve
Museum of Lincolnshire Life
Across Lincolnshire there are more than 50 golf courses.

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