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Things to Do in Lincolnshire

With a wide range of outdoor pursuits and some truly glorious countryside, visitors have plenty of options when it comes to finding great ways to get active in our local area and beyond. The Lincolnshire Wolds are a rambler or cyclist's paradise, while the area is also blessed with many rivers and fens which offer brilliant potential for fishing and water sports.

Exactly how active your day becomes is entirely your choice, whether that means a relaxing round of golf or a challenging bike ride on the Wolds. Situated only a short drive from the historic city of Lincoln, activities such as historic walks, shopping and bowling are also available. Our staff will be glad to point you in the right direction locally, but here are some of the best local activities:

Leisure and Sporting Facilities in Woodhall Spa

For a whole range of activities and leisure facilities very close to Petwood, Jubilee Park is very popular with guests. Open from early May to the start of September each year, visitors can try swimming in the fabulous lido, bowls, tennis, badminton and a range of other games and sports at reasonable day rates. Petwood guests can also enjoy discounted swimming rates - please ask at hotel Reception for more details. For full park details plus opening times see the website:

Local Walks & Jogging Routes

Visitors in search of a pleasant walk or run need not travel more than a few steps to find suitable locations. Pretty woodland trails abound, while the local village and surrounding area have various routes to try with attractive surroundings and a peaceful sense of seclusion. For several clearly illustrated routes to walk or jog between two and ten miles, try this link.

Rambling & Hiking

A designated area of outstanding natural beauty, the Lincolnshire Wolds possess all the ingredients lovers of the outdoors crave: beautiful scenery, big skies and endless trails to roam. Ramblers will find no shortage of excellent walks, rural secrets and great views, with Wolds Top marking the highest point in the whole of Lincolnshire.

Particular highlights and sites of interest inclue the wonderfully bio-diverse Red Hill Nature Reserve (See the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust site) and the historic towns such as Louth, Horncastle and Market Rasen. The Visit Lincolnshire site has plenty of useful information, including a special map to download that features walking routes and points of interest.


An increasingly popular way to spice up a countryside visit, geocaching is the search for hidden containers. Using GPS devices such as your smartphone (an app is available HERE), searchers follow clues and directions to find hidden secrets. This usually means a log book where visitors can add a personal touch, but also frequently found are little trinkets or toys that can be swapped. There are hundreds of Geocaches in the Lincolnshire Wolds and surrounding area alone, but for a couple of sites to get you started CLICK HERE.


For anyone tired of busy roads and dull routes, Lincolnshire is a wonderful county to stretch out on two wheels. With many routes to explore, including part of National Cycle Route 1, you're guaranteed clear journeys and fine views, with stacks of interesting stopping points. Bike hire is also very close at hand at Woodhall Country Park, with very reasonable rates for daily hire.


With abundant waters, including the network of Lincolnshire Fens, the area is one of the most unsung regions for angling in the country. For those who want plenty of bites and species such as carp and tench, nearby coarse fisheries include Woodhall Country Park and Bain Valley Fisheries. Both of these venues are well stocked and can be fished on a day ticket at very reasonable costs.

Other quality coarse fishing near Woodhall Spa includes the Lincolnshire Fens, with good stocks of species such as roach, bream, perch and some excellent pike fishing in the winter. Harrison's Tackle  are the nearest large tackle shop and can provide further information and permits for a vast range of waters in the area. Fly fishing opportunities are also available to visitors, with Withern Mill Fishery and Toft Newton Trout Fishery providing excellent sport with brown and rainbow trout within an hours drive.


As a quiet, rural area, the Lincolnshire countryside is perfect for horse riding in scenic, tranquil surroundings. Among various riding schools and centres in Lincolnshire, perhaps the nearest licensed to take out day guests is the Brackenside Stables in Woodhall Spa itself, who cater for all levels of rider with friendly, professional tuition. Give Jane a call on 01526 351398 for further details.


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