Why we love the Lincolnshire Wolds
Rigsby Wold Holiday Cottages are set in the beautiful Lincolnshire Wolds, here are our top reasons for holidaying in this often overlooked area of the UK:
The Lincolnshire Wolds are a nationally important and cherished landscape. They were designated an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) in 1973 on account of their high scenic unspoilt beauty. We love the long distance views from the rear of our holiday cottages, over our farmland and across the rolling chalky downs to the coast. The big skies are great for cloud watching and star gazing too.
Paradise for Ramblers
The Wolds have miles of well maintained footpaths in expanses of open countryside and are home to the largest walking festival of its kind on UK Mainland. The festival caters for families, from tinies in pushchairs to teenagers, with walks ranging from an hour-long town tour to a rigorous ramble taking up to 4 days! We love that we have so many options to walk from our doorstep, with freedom to explore without getting the car out.
Haven for Cyclists
The Wolds have some of the UK’s quietest roads and there are routes developed for all types of cyclists, from beginner to the more advanced. All our family enjoy cycling the C4 cycle route that runs through Rigsby
The east coast with its long, wide and sandy award winning Blue Flag beaches (at resorts like Skegness, Mablethorpe and Sutton-on-Sea) is less than a 30 minutes drive away from the Wolds. One of the largest areas of unspoilt coastline in eastern England, with some of the best national nature reserves and sites of specific scientific interest in the country. A particular favourite of ours, with something for all ages, is Sutton-on-Sea. Their Gardens - in addition to the beautiful beach - feature a waterfall, children’s play area, bowling green and a Mapleleaf Paddling Pool.
Thriving Market Towns
Market towns like Louth, Horncastle and Market Rasen still have vibrant centres that house bustling individual shops. Our nearest and the one we love to frequent is Louth (12 miles away), which is considered the capital of the Wolds. Louth has many unique and interesting shops, including an old-fashioned Tailors and department store - Eve and Ranshaw - that has been a fixture in the town since 1781. Plus the town holds regular craft, food and farmers’ markets.
Fine food locally produced
As the Waitrose Kitchen Magazine said (December 2012 edition), Lincolnshire has it all when it comes to growing and rearing produce. The one we like to shout about is the highly lauded Lincolnshire Poacher cheese, as the family of a cousin of ours produces this on their farm just 2 miles away from us.
Escapism in a rural idyll
The people of the Wolds are very friendly and warmly welcome visitors to the area. You can get away-from-it-all in this rural idyll with a less hurried pace of life and glimpse a way of life from yesteryear. For example our Alford butchers, Paul Saywell, are shut on Mondays, have half-day closing on Thursdays and accept cash only. You can, however, be assured of them having time to stop and chat whilst they serve you.
Value for Money
Eating and drinking out is inexpensive. Many attractions are free of charge e.g. Donna Nook Nature Reserve. People tell us they feel recharged, having slept deeper due to the fresh air, tranquillity and lack of light pollution and you can’t put a price on a good night’s sleep?!
Connect with nature
Wildlife is abundant and flourishing in Rigsby, allowing guests to reconnect with nature. You can listen to a sample of the birdsong that can be enjoyed from the cottage gardens on our YouTube Channel. We have named our holiday cottages Owl and Pheasant after the Barn Owl resident in our farmyard and the many pheasants our fields provide cover for. In the ancient Rigsby Wood there is a good range of breeding birds, including tawny owl, great spotted woodpecker, treecreeper, finches and five species of both tits and summer warblers. The reserve retains a rich ground flora, bluebells abound in late spring, wood anemone, wood-sorrel, early-purple orchid, sweet woodruff and ragged-robin, which is an old meadow relict species, are to be seen. In the fields en-route to South Thoresby you can often see 'mad March hare' behaviour when the unreceptive females brown hares fend off the passionate males. Nature lovers, birdwatchers and conservationists that stay with us can head through to the wilder stretches of sand and the tranquillity of our rural coast at Gibraltar Point.
We would love you to visit and see for yourself how great the area is... some of our previous guests have relocated to Lincolnshire as a result of holidaying here! Find more information about our holiday cottages here or click here to make a reservation
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