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The Heart of Lincolnshire
Countryside and towns south of Lincoln

Find heritage, beauty, and a year of events in North Kesteven.

Cyclists in North Kesteven

The Heart of Lincolnshire
Countryside and towns south of Lincoln

Find heritage, beauty, and a year of events in North Kesteven.

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The Heart of Lincolnshire

Nestling south of Lincoln lies North Kesteven, the Heart of Lincolnshire: a place brimming with history, heritage and great places to visit, whatever your age.

North Kesteven is home to three operational RAF stations and has a rich aviation heritage which can be explored using the free Airfield Trail.

Overlooking Lincoln Cathedral is the iconic International Bomber Command Centre Memorial standing as a point of recognition, remembrance and reconciliation.

If you’re feeling more energetic, take advantage of the hirebike scheme and explore Witham Valley Country Park, linking a number of green spaces across the City of Lincoln and North Kesteven.

It provides great places to relax and unwind in beautiful, unspoilt countryside.  On the way you'll find Whisby Nature Park with miles of way-marked walks as well as a visitor centre, café and outdoor adventure play area.

The Heart of Lincolnshire is criss-crossed with over 135 miles of way-marked Stepping Out Walks, showcasing the hidden gems from the Knights Templar to poignant former airfields. The walks are complimented by stunning artworks scattered across the landscape enhancing your walk.

A 30 minute drive brings you to the traditional market town of Sleaford. Its striking architecture is testament to the prosperity brought to the town by the Sleaford Navigation Company.

Sleaford boasts a wealth of history and heritage including Cogglesford Watermill, a working watermill, and beautiful Church of St Denys whose stone broach spire is one of the earliest of its kind in England. 

Find out more on the 'Heart of Lincolnshire' website or in the visitor guide. You can order a guide for free, including postage, on the Visit Lincoln shop.

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11-20 miles from Lincoln, Villages & Countryside

Hill Holt Wood

Hill Holt Wood

A beautiful 34-acre woodland open daily 'til sunset boasting a wide variety of wildlife and abundant wildflowers, with several well-marked walks around the site.

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3-10 miles from Lincoln, Villages & Countryside

Doddington Hall Farm Shop

Doddington Hall Farm Shop

The Farm Shop and Deli at Doddington Hall is filled with delicious local produce, beautiful gifts and elegant small household items.

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11-20 miles from Lincoln, Villages & Countryside

Welbourn Forge

Welbourn Forge

Traditional ironworking in a Victorian forge located in the heart of the village of Welbourn, dating back to 1864.

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3-10 miles from Lincoln, Villages & Countryside

British National Ploughing Championships & Country Festival

May 30; 2019
5:00pm to 6:00pm
Nocton
British National Ploughing Championships & Country Festival

Around 250 champion ploughmen and women from all over Britain compete in Lincolnshire over a two-day country festival.

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3-10 miles from Lincoln, Villages & Countryside

Summer of Ceramics

July 27; 2019 to September 8; 2019
12:00pm to 4:30pm
Doddington Hall & Gardens
Summer of Ceramics

Discover Doddington Hall’s extraordinary ceramics collection, hear fascinating stories, and see the best of what today’s artists have to offer with with new displays, talks, tours and different activities each week.

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11-20 miles from Lincoln

Lost Village 2019

August 22; 2019 to August 25; 2019
All Day
The Lost Village
Lost Village 2019

An immersive festival experience in an abandoned woodland village in Lincolnshire - a surreal world misplaced in the sands of time.

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Places To Stay
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3-10 miles from Lincoln, Villages & Countryside

Doddington Hall Holiday Cottages

Doddington Hall Holiday Cottages

Stay at Doddington Hall in one of the estate's historic but beautifully renovated holiday cottages.

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3-10 miles from Lincoln, Villages & Countryside

Lut’s B&B

Lut’s B&B

Renovated, listed farmhouse B&B surrounded by beautiful countryside yet a short journey from the historic city of Lincoln.

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11-20 miles from Lincoln, Villages & Countryside

Seven Spires Barn

Seven Spires Barn

Luxury holiday accommodation on a family farm in Walcott, south of Lincoln, perfect for countryside exploring, romantic weekends, and walking.

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3-10 miles from Lincoln, Villages & Countryside

Redhouse Farm B&B

Redhouse Farm B&B

Delightful converted stables overlooking pony paddocks and open countryside offering bed and breakfast near Lincoln.

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3-10 miles from Lincoln

Clarke’s Farm B&B

Clarke’s Farm B&B

400 year old, Grade II listed building with all the charm you could expect from a historic farmhouse, situated in the village of Heighington, perfectly located for easy access to Lincoln and also for exploring the countryside.

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3-10 miles from Lincoln, Villages & Countryside

Wheelwrights Cottage B&B

Wheelwrights Cottage B&B

Delightful country cottage B&B in the small hamlet of Haddington, 8 miles south of Lincoln.

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Lincoln Suburbs, Villages & Countryside

Country House Hotel Washingborough Hall

Country House Hotel Washingborough Hall

This welcoming, boutique hotel is a beautiful early Georgian House, set in three acres of mature garden and woodland in the heart of Washingborough village, just over 2 miles east from the historic city of Lincoln.

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3-10 miles from Lincoln, Villages & Countryside

Chapel Guesthouse

Chapel Guesthouse

Beautiful bed & breakfast in a renovated chapel in the picturesque village of Brantson, near Lincoln.

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3-10 miles from Lincoln, Villages & Countryside

Manor House Stables

Manor House Stables

Enjoy a holiday in the heart of rural Lincolnshire, less than half an hour's drive from historic Lincoln, and stay in these beautifully restored, award-winning 18th century stables.

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