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Walks in Lincolnshire are as varied as they are beautiful. Rural at heart, Lincolnshire is the second largest county in England. Across this vast area are a host of different landscapes, meaning there’s something for everyone to enjoy. 


In the north east, there are the rolling chalk hills and patchwork pastures of the Lincolnshire Wolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB); to the south east are the pancake flat Lincolnshire Fens; the south west is home to the Kesteven Uplands, a region of lovely limestone hills; and an award winning coastline, dotted with vibrant nature reserves.


From its blue flag beaches to its gardens and country parks, no two hikes in Lincolnshire are ever the same. In spring, watch thousands of migratory birds from the comfort of the coast’s modern observatories; in summer, wander country lanes to the soundtrack of trickling streams and ascending skylarks; autumn brings the spectacle of murmurations to the skies above the sea; while in winter, you can enjoy the crunch of frost underfoot and open vistas from the region’s modest hills.


Top 20 best walks and hikes in Lincolnshire

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    Easy
    01:59
    4.88 mi
    2.5 mph
    50 ft
    50 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:23
    5.61 mi
    2.3 mph
    275 ft
    275 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:34
    6.03 mi
    2.4 mph
    275 ft
    300 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:10
    5.13 mi
    2.4 mph
    250 ft
    225 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    03:36
    8.54 mi
    2.4 mph
    375 ft
    375 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    03:27
    8.04 mi
    2.3 mph
    475 ft
    475 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Easy
    01:53
    4.31 mi
    2.3 mph
    325 ft
    300 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:13
    5.02 mi
    2.3 mph
    450 ft
    450 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:14
    5.38 mi
    2.4 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Easy
    01:13
    2.97 mi
    2.5 mph
    25 ft
    25 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Easy
    01:24
    3.43 mi
    2.5 mph
    25 ft
    25 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    03:23
    8.00 mi
    2.4 mph
    375 ft
    375 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    Intermediate
    02:54
    6.83 mi
    2.4 mph
    350 ft
    350 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    03:27
    8.22 mi
    2.4 mph
    300 ft
    300 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    03:56
    9.39 mi
    2.4 mph
    350 ft
    350 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    16
    Intermediate
    02:16
    5.32 mi
    2.4 mph
    250 ft
    250 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:23
    5.81 mi
    2.4 mph
    100 ft
    100 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Easy
    01:07
    2.52 mi
    2.3 mph
    200 ft
    200 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Difficult
    05:10
    12.0 mi
    2.3 mph
    700 ft
    700 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:57
    7.15 mi
    2.4 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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The wolds’ your oyster


Some of thebest hiking routes in Lincolnshire explore the county’s designated AONB: the Lincolnshire Wolds. This region of gorgeous chalk hills, secret valleys, burbling streams and picturesque villages is a wonderful place to discover. Very much a working landscape, the Wolds’ patchwork countryside evolves wonderfully with the seasons, rewarding repeat visits. 


It’s a landscape that has inspired some of Britain’s greatest poets. The remarkable Alfred, Lord Tennyson was born and raised in the village of Somersby, while Fulletby poet and historian Henry Winn’s words bring an entire era vividly to life, revealing what it would have been like to live in a Victorian village. 


An award-winning coastline


For nature lovers, many of the finest hikes in Lincolnshire can be found along its wonderful North Sea coastline. There’s everything from seaside resorts, where you can enjoy a traditional fish ‘n’ chips by the amusement arcades, to serene, unspoilt beaches, where the only sounds are that of the lapping tide and the calls of the wading birds.


The coast is home to nine separate nature reserves and almost endless opportunities for walkers. Birders are superbly catered for at Chapel Point and Gibraltar Point Nature Reserve, which both boast modern observatories and many amenities. Every November and December, Donna Nook Nature Reserve witnesses the awesome spectacle of thousands of grey seals, who come to the sands to give birth to their pups.


Historic cities, pretty market towns and scenic countryside


There are plenty of other magnificent walks in Lincolnshire, many beginning from its market towns or from its historic cathedral city, Lincoln. The city is a beguiling place to explore, with its magnificent cathedral taking centre stage. Upon the completion of its central spire in 1311, it was thought to be the tallest building in the world, an accolade it held until 1548, when the spire collapsed.


The towns of Grantham and Stamford are great bases for exploring the countryside of the Kesteven Uplands. Among the counties’ country parks, Burghley House near Stamford is one of the most impressive, with its 16th-century gardens. 


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