These attractions near Grantham are outdoor activities.
The Easton Estate
Located between Grantham and Stamford, this is a working estate with ancient woodlands, grazing land, and cropland. It has been owned by the same family for close to 450 years. The house is not open to the public but a great reason to visit the estate is the 12 acres of walled gardens. The gardens have been undergoing a restoration project for the last six years and the results are spectacular. The largest part of the garden is the wildflower terraces and meadow plantings. There is also a cottage garden, glass houses, plant collections, and other borders. In the shop you can buy seeds and bulbs grown on the estate. The collection of sweet pea seed is especially nice. There is a tearoom on site which offers light lunches. The upper gardens, tearoom, and toilets are accessable by wheelchair. Opening times are April 1st -September 30th 2007: Wednesdays, Fridays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays. Also on Thursdays during July and August from 11 am to 4 pm. The garden entrance and carpark is located on the B6403 in the village of Easton.
This Elizabethan style manor was built by Gregory Gregory in 1837. It is now owned by The University of Evansville Illinois and is used as its British Campus. It can be toured by special arrangement for groups of 20 people and is open to the general public two days a year when the university is not in session. Even so it is worth a drive by to take a look because the building is spectacular. The gardens are open from April to October, Tuesday through Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm.
It is located on the A607 three miles from Grantham.
Part of the charm of England is its canals. The 33-mile canal was built in the 1790's and extends from Grantham in Lincolnshire through North Leicestershire and into Nottinghamshire. At one time it was connected to the River Trent at Nottingham. The canal went into decline when the railroads were built and was officially closed to traffic in 1936. Today much of the canal has been restored but can only be transversed for short distances by boat due to the low bridges that pass over it. There is a tow path almost the entire 33 miles and it can be walked as a whole or in sections. These walks are detailed by the Grantham Canal Restoration Society on their website http://www.granthamcanal.com .