A tale to tell
Despite the riches it offers Lincolnshire is an often overlooked county. But hidden below its gentle flatlands and rolling farmlands, it’s a place home to a wealth of intriguing secret gems in both a figurative and literal sense.
The flat fens and wetlands of Lincolnshire aren’t just a five star B&B for many species of international and native birds and wildlife – they also play host to mysterious folklore packed with loss, turmoil and wealth. Legend has it that the year after the Magna Carta was sealed the country was in revolt, and King John was on a mission to quell rebellious uprisings nationwide. On one journey the King was travelling from the port of King’s Lynn to Lincoln when, according to historical chronicles, the treasure was lost somewhere in the fens.
Why go there?
One of the largest counties in the UK, covering over 2,500 square miles, Lincolnshire has history and mystery seeping from every village. From the most famous sites it boasts, including the award winning Best Street in Britain (2012), the famous 700 year old Cathedral and the 11th century Castle which plays host to the Magna Carta, to the more overlooked Bishops’ Palace and wildlife sanctuaries, it’s the perfect destination for any history buff or budding explorer.
This is the county that really does have it all. With over 50 miles of coastline, from the Humber Estuary to the marshlands of the wash, there are plenty of wildlife and nature reserves to be explored. At the un-spoilt Anderby Creek beach visitors can grab a new perspective on nature at the UK’s first purpose-built cloud viewing platform which nests amidst sand dunes. To the north of the county, Donna Nook Reserve has one of the UK’s most accessible breeding colonies of grey seals during November and December.
If history is more your thing then Lincolnshire offers a wealth of heritage. Within the walls of its 11th century Lincoln castle lies one of only four remaining Magna Carta documents, due to celebrate its 800th birthday this year.
Things to do
From the coast to the woods there are walks to inspire all in Lincolnshire, and and if you like a treat at the end of your outing I recommend you head to Woodhall Spa. Once famous for its highly ‘modern’ spa offering the latest in electrocution treatments, the village is now a quaint jewel in Lincolnshire’s crown. Within woodland home to roe deer, hiding insects and chirping birds lies a special treat – nestled in the trees is Kinema in the Woods, a cinema which has stood there since 1922. Still in use as a projection house, this is an incredible place to catch a movie. Woodhall Spa also boasts museums, cosy hotels and a truly scrumptious ice cream parlor in the high street.
Places to eat and drink
For a real treat try Michelin-starred restaurant Harry’s Place in Grantham, for delectable food served in a beautifully quaint building. Fancy a more relaxed local meal? Head to Ye Olde Red Lion, Bicker, with monthly quiz nights, great pub grub and a lovely interior – a wonderful place to hunker down after a day exploring the fens.
Lincolnshire is also home to some must-try local produce, including Lincolnshire sausage and Lincolnshire poacher cheese. Local brewery Batemans also offers brewery tours ending in a delicious sample.
Tell us a secret
Lincolnshire is the birthplace of the tank and a familiar stomping ground for the great excavators themselves, Time Team. The heritage and past life of Lincolnshire has been rediscovered for all and can be seen in many local museums including The Museum of Lincolnshire Life, a particular favorite which has often-changing exhibits.