Hidden Gems in Lincolnshire That Are Worth A Visit
As we progress through the easing of lockdown restrictions in the UK, avoiding the crowds of people is my priority.
If you follow me on social media platforms, you will know that I am unsure of international travel right now and therefore I am planning on visiting more of the UK - staycations, if you like. So far, we have found 4 beautiful hidden gems in Lincolnshire (which is my home county) and intend on spending the summer visiting further afield in the UK.
In this post, I share with you my top 5 hidden gems in Lincolnshire that are totally worth exploring. If you are visiting Lincolnshire from elsewhere, you can search the best and cheapest travel deals on booking.com by using the search box below (remember to use independent accommodation for the best deals and to support tourism in our county!)
1) Jenny's Wood Nature Reserve, Boston
Jenny's Wood in Boston is such a gorgeous nature reserve and hidden gem in Lincolnshire.
This place is full of surprises and is spread over an land area of 27 acres. It is funded by the Boston Woods Trust and is not only great for walking and exercising, but a fantastic place for a quiet picnic too.
The car park is free and all activities inside of Jenny's Wood are free too. There is a nature trail to follow which has plenty of information signs along the way, a full exercise course to complete (sponsored by the NHS), a community orchard and lots of memorials for both humans and pets.
You can walk through the nature trail into the woods, which is all mostly paved, so I would say it is pram and wheelchair friendly.
If you need an overnight stay, you can book a log cabin or lodge at Westwood Lakes, which is located directly behind the woods. This is also where the toilet facilities are for visitors to Jenny's Wood.
Jenny's Wood is certainly a place you can visit with friends and family or alone. There is an air of tranquillity about the place which really puts you at one with nature.
You can visit Jenny's Wood Blog here to find out more.
2) Huttoft Beach, Alford
One of the most off the beaten track beaches on the Lincolnshire coast - meaning it is lovely and quiet!
Don't visit this beach to expect amusements and a typical British beach resort - this beach has a small car park and occasionally, there will be a catering van that visits for small refreshments - and that is about it!
This beach is perfect for you if you are wanting to avoid the crowds. The beach stretches for 2 miles and the sea has been rated as good bathing water. The water is shallow for quite a long way out, meaning you can swim easily in this water. Always pay attention to the current warnings along the beach and on google before swimming.
This is one of my favourite hidden gems in Lincolnshire.
3) Snipedales Country Park, Spilsby.
Snipe Dales is a beautiful space which offers three way marked trails that can be enjoyed all year round. These include the 'There and Back Trail' - a one mile linear walk; the 'Country Park Trail' - a one and a quarter mile circular walk through the Country Park woodlands; and the 'Snipe Dales Round' - a three and a half mile circular walk through the reserve.
The first two of these walks are also suitable for dogs as they pass through the Country Park only, meaning you can take your furry friends on a lovely country walk and really enjoy being in the countryside and all it's glory!
There are toilets and picnic areas on site and plenty to see - don't forget your camera!
You can visit the Snipedales website here for more information.
4) Gibraltar Point Nature Reserve and Beach, Skegness
Another absolutely amazing hidden gem in Lincolnshire is Gibraltar Point Nature Reserve.
I cannot rave about this place enough! Located just two miles outside of Skegness, Gibraltar Point is such a brilliant hidden gem, even so much so that some people don't even make it to the beach!
Let me explain.
The car park (£5 all day) is located at the front of a beautiful nature reserve which houses as many as 99 species of bird, animal and insect, perfect for wildlife observers and photographers! The beach is located after the walks, which is about a mile walk as the crow flies from the car park. There is so much to see during the nature walks that people often get distracted and don't end up making it as far as the beach... hence this being one of the most hidden gems of them all.
However, once you make it to the beach, you are in for a treat! The sand stretches for approximately 4 miles and is lovely and soft, unlike a lot of other English sandy beaches. There is so much space on the sand that you are unlikely to notice anyone else there apart from yourselves!
Watch the video below to see our trip to Gibraltar Point on the hottest day of the year below.
There are toilet facilities and a newly built observatory and cafe plus a small museum. Note that these facilities are approximately another mile to mile-and-a-half walk away from the beach, so go prepared.
You can see more about Gibraltar Point Nature Reserve here.
5) Chapel St Leonard's Village, Skegness
Chapel St Leonard's Village is well known and not so much a hidden gem in Lincolnshire, but it is still a gem.
Located just down the road from it's bigger and busier counterpart, Skegness, think of Chapel St Leonard's as a cute seaside village with a smaller clientele, fewer arcades and seaside attractions. Even in the height of the summer months, Chapel always remains reletively quiet compared to the larger seaside towns on the Lincolnshire coastline such as Mablethorpe, Skegness and Cleethorpes.
There is a beautiful promenade where you can walk from the North Sea Observatory, all the way down the beach for around 5 miles. It is a lovely walk on a warm day. Dogs are welcome on the promenade but unfortunately not on the sand between the months of April - September.
The beach is lovely, with both sand and dunes, however the sea is a little rougher here than at some other beaches mentioned in this post, so always check out the safety advice before swimming.
There are plenty of accommodation options in Chapel St Leonard's from caravans and chalet's to Air B&B's.
If you're looking for somewhere to have a staycation in the UK this summer that is middle of the road in terms of activity, consider Chapel as a good firm option.
I hope this post gives you a little insight into some of the most hidden and beautiful places that you can visit in Lincolnshire.
If you haven't already been following me on Instagram, I will update you here too on my plans for travel post-covid here too. So, as international travel is off the cards for now, we have decided to explore more of the UK and have some stay cations this year instead.
Follow my Youtube channel where I will be vlogging all of my UK travels over there, I hope that I can inspire some of you to travel the UK this year too :)
Let me know if you know of any cutesy hidden gems in the UK below so I can check them out :)