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Autumn Leaves

9 Great Places in Lincoln for an Autumn Walk

Nothing quite sets the scene for the fast-approaching colder months than a leaf-crunching, wool-wearing Autumn walk in the great outdoors. Get your wellies on and soak up the last remnants of the summer sunshine in one of these picturesque Lincoln spots full of autumnal hues.

1. Lincoln Arboretum

One of the prettiest sights at this time of year is watching the leaves turn from green to orange, yellow, gold and bronze— and a great place to see this happen is in Lincoln Arboretum, one of Britain’s Best Parks and Green Flag Awarded for 17 years.

Situated on Monks Road just behind Lincoln Hospital, the Arboretum is an oasis in the city complete with tranquil gardens full of trees and shrubs, as well as a maze, ponds, bridges and a Victorian bandstand.

2. The Lawn

Who’d have thought the grounds of an old mental asylum could be so charming? The Lawn and its gardens are situated in the heart of Lincoln’s uphill area alongside the walls of Lincoln Castle, with leafy trees and stunning views.

To the right of The Lawn is John Dawber Gardens, a secret walled garden which consists of a sensory space with areas that symbolise Lincoln’s twin town of Neustadt a der Weinstrasse, Germany, and its Friendship City of Tangshan in China.

And while you’re there, why not stop off for a winter-warming hot chocolate at Stokes? The cafe is home to their purpose-built Roastery where their signature tea & coffee is blended— you can watch the process from the viewing gallery with brew in hand.

​3. Hartsholme Country Park

For those wanting to stretch their legs a little further, Hartsholme Park towards the edge of the city provides Victorian landscaped gardens and access to parts of Swanholme Lakes Local Nature Reserve. Follow footpaths and discover lakes, woods, and meadows, all while surrounded by wildlife and crisp leaves on the ground beneath you.

4. ​Doddington Hall

Exploring the gardens at Doddington Hall is almost as breathtaking as the Hall itself. Maintaining the original Elizabethan layout, the mellow walls frame the formal East Front, West Gardens and, beyond that, the lovingly restored Wild Gardens and Kitchen Garden, full of fruit, vegetables, and herbs.

There are a number of free walks around the Doddington Hall estate varying in both length and terrain including:

  • Nature Walk, a walk through the woodland, parkland and the Doddington Gardens;
  • The Avenue Walk, a longer walk that goes through the parkland surrounding the Hall towards the pyramid;
  • The Fishpond Walk, a short walk that takes you through a meadow and around the Fishpond;
  • The Circular Walk, a longer walk around the Doddington parkland and adjoining public footpaths.

Visitors can even pick their own pumpkins daily between October 10th and 31st at Doddington Hall’s Pumpkin Patch. Take your pumpkin home to carve up a creepy scene for your doorstep or pick up delicious seasonal recipe ideas from the Farm Shop.

​5. Whisby Nature Park

Whisby Nature Park offers a variety of walks across beautiful landscape full of wildlife, walks and trails. With over six miles of footpaths around Whisby’s famous ponds and lakes and the Natural World Centre, Whisby Nature Park is a great place for a family day out.

​6. Fossdyke Canal Trail

Originally built by the Romans to link the city to the River Trent, the Fossdyke Canal faces west from the Brayford Waterfront. Today there is a scenic footpath along the waterfront where you can spot swans and, at this time of year, are provided with views of Lincoln Cathedral framed by colourful autumn trees. For those in need of a well-deserved drink, walk along to the Pyewipe Inn or even further to Burton Waters.

​7. Norton Big Wood (Hill Holt Wood)

While Hill Holt Wood is currently closed to the public due to the impact of Coronavirus, you can still enjoy access to Norton Big Wood 7 days a week, from 10am until 4pm.

The beautiful 43-acre woodland just outside the city boasting a wide variety of wildlife and abundant wildflowers, with several well-marked walks around the site. There is free parking and entry to the park, and plenty of picnic tables for you to use along the routes.

Each Monday – Thursday you can volunteer and get involved in their ‘A-Maze In Nature’ project. The community-led project aims to improve mental wellbeing by creating a beautiful labyrinth for the wider community to enjoy, helping people develop new skills and learn about their natural environment along the way.

Find out more about the ‘A-Maze In Nature’ project here.

​8. Ashing Lane Nature Reserve

Walk, cycle, and even stop to watch the birds in the 77-acre woodland areas, around Ashing Lane Nature Reserve in Dunholme, and PC Wood and The Scotches at the Lincolnshire Police HQ in Nettleham.

Ashing Lane Nature Reserve is made up of areas of woodland and meadows of different ages, created by volunteers on what was once agricultural land, and discover the community planted wood, named after its neighbours, along The Scotches Footpath, for a golden autumnal stroll.

The reserve features well-marked footpaths and bridleways, as well as surfaces paths and an all abilities area.

​9. Boultham Park

The 50-acre Boultham Park has award-winning green space with woodlands, a lake, children’s playground, and a variety of wildlife and nature to spot, just south of Lincoln city centre.

Take an autumnal stroll through Boultham’s varied selection of trees, thanks to the plant knowledge of the Ellison family – you can even stop at the café on route for a takeaway hot drink and picnic bag.

Discover more about Boultham Park and plan your visit in advance here.

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