Child Friendly Walks In Lincolnshire
2 August 2019
The Lincolnshire countryside was made for walking. You only need to take a look around at the beautiful scenery and range of walking routes to see why many people enjoy taking to Lincolnshire by foot.
For many families who visit Lincolnshire on holiday, finding a walk that is suitable for the whole family is important. While there are many walks to head out on, it’s essential that the routes are easy for children to do, and often if there are pushchairs involved, parents need to know that the trail that they are taking is easily accessible.
Here are some of our favourite family-friendly routes which are perfect for getting out and about around the beautiful Lincolnshire countryside.
Take a walk around the beautiful, historic town of Alford, which is situated at the foot of the Lincolnshire Wolds. It’s a quiet and peaceful town, making it the perfect place to wander around with children.
The Alford circular walk takes you around the historic streets on a 2-mile wander and is perfect for families with younger children with pushchairs.
Take in the sights of this beautiful town, including the windmill, and the beautiful 14th-century church, and we definitely recommend stopping off at the Alford craft market, too!
Enjoy one of three walks set out by Lincolnshire County Council which is perfect for families with young children, and get to see all the sights and sounds of Ancaster, a town with links back as far as the prehistoric period.
Situated on an old Roman trail, keep your eyes peeled from some incredible glimpses into the areas past. It’s a good talking point for families with older children, too!
Walk one takes you through some of the more grassy parts of Ancaster, starting off from the town’s carpark and taking you onto a public footpath and then crossing a meadow. A little further along the route, you will come across a lake which has huge historical significance for the area; it was in this lake that Bronze Age discoveries were found. You may also be lucky to see some of the wildlife that makes the lake it’s home, including herons!
You will also pass the Moor Closes reserve at the end of the route, which is a great place to stop off and learn about the wildlife of Acaster through the work done by Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust. Be aware that there are cattle roaming free to graze, so stick to the pathways if you do decide to visit.
This walk isn’t suitable for children in pushchairs, as there are some grassy sections.
Arboretum Bandstand, Lincoln
For those of you who are new to walking, this gentle walk is perfect for beginners. It takes you on an eagle-eye view of the park, where you may see some of the rarer wildlife that lives in the park.
It’s a perfect route for pushchairs, making it a great choice for families with younger children. This circular route starts off at the Arboretum Lodge and will take you around 15 minutes to complete. You’ll cross the lake via a bridge, and you’ll even pass the maze which is a great way to help the kids burn off some energy, too.
The end of the route finishes at the Arboretum cafe and, while only a short walk, it’s a great place to refuel.
If you’ve got older kids in tow, this two and a half mile walk is perfect for seeing what Lincolnshire’s Coastal Country Park has to offer. Taking you through grasslands, nature reserves and beaches, it’s a walk with a variety that a lot of older children will appreciate.
Starting the walk at the car park by the beach, you’ll actually walk away from the beach and towards the Anderby Marsh Nature Reserve. This is owned by the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, and a definite must-visit. You may be lucky enough to spot some of the rare birds which call the marsh home.
Carrying on the England Coast Path, you’ll get some incredible views of the beach. The route ends with a walk along the sands, so be sure to take a bucket and spade or some towels for the kids, as you’re going to want to take advantage of the incredible beach and probably take a paddle in the sea!
These are just a few of the many walks in and around Lincolnshire that your whole family can enjoy. The Lincolnshire County Council has a great walking resource which details all the walks and specifies which are child-friendly.
If you’re looking to explore Lincolnshire by foot and need somewhere to rest your weary legs after a long day of walking, be sure to check out our Lincolnshire holiday parks – we’d be glad to help you find the perfect base for your holiday.