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The Lincolnshire Wolds

Lincolnshire Wolds

Photo credit: Kate Jewell
Geograph British Isles, Creative Commons

If you have ever been to the Lincolnshire Wolds you will never again think Lincolnshire is flat. The rolling hills are dotted with small picturesque villages such as Willoughby, Tealby, Nettleton, and Belchford, and ringed by the market towns of Alford, Horncastle, Louth, Caister, and Spilsby. Alfred Tennyson was born in the village of Somersby and his inspiration for his poem, The Brook, may have come from living in The Wolds.


by: Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892)

I come from haunts of coot and hern,
I make a sudden sally,
And sparkle out among the fern,
To bicker down a valley.

By thirty hills I hurry down,
Or slip between the ridges,
By twenty thorps, a little town,
And half a hundred bridges.

Till last by Philip's farm I flow
To join the brimming river,
For men may come and men may go,
But I go on forever.

There is plenty to do for the outdoor enthusiast. There is an abundance of walking paths both short and long. The Viking Way in Lincolnshire is 143 miles long and part of it runs through the wolds. The Wolds is also popular with cyclists and horseback riders. The fisherman has a nice choice of places to cast his line. In Louth is the Snipe Dales Nature Conservation Reserve.

The Wolds
Photo credit: Dennis Wetherley
Geograph British Isles, Creative Commons

There is evidence of Roman occupation in Horncastle, Spilsby and Caister. The latest discovery is what is believed to be the biggest Roman cemetery to be found in England in Horncastle.

Arts and crafts people come from all over the country to the annual crafts market in Alford. Horncastle is the place to go for the antiques collector especially for books. The weekly market at Louth is one of the best in the country.

The visitor will find an abundance of places to stay. Some are close to walking paths and riding trails. Some have overnight lodging for horses as well as their human owners. Another choice is camping and caravan parks.

See Our Lovely Country Cottages Near Louth


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