Beautiful and picturesque, whatever time of year.

South Kesteven is 365 square miles of rural splendour! Whether you like to cycle, walk, ride or fish, you’ll find some wonderful locations to explore. Award winning parks and playgrounds offer leisure for all the family. Championship golf courses and rural nine holes will delight any golfer.

Walking and Cycling

Parks and playgrounds




Military History

Stretching your legs

South Kesteven is home to a number of beautifully picturesque walking routes to keep you busy all year round. Explore the Grantham Canal, Newton’s Trail, including his birthplace in Woolsthorpe and through the surrounding villages, or take a town walk through Stamford on “The Ghost Walk” run by local actor Martin Tempest.

The South Kesteven Round covering 130 miles guides you through 42 of our local villages plus market towns of Grantham, Stamford (with an optional extra to include Market Deeping) designed to suit every type of walker and divided into 10 sections.

There are a number of routes around Market Deeping in gentle villages and countryside and so much more to explore including the Belton House estate near Grantham, Bourne Woods, Burghley House Park in Stamford, Twyford Wood, The Viking Way and Belvoir Castle.

Discover the top 20 hikes and walks around South Kesteven


Training or leisure, there’s the perfect route for you. You’ll find some wheely good cycling routes across South Kesteven! So whether you like to travel at speed across a distance, or discover pretty villages and country lanes or just enjoy a family bike ride – we have so many options for you to enjoy.

The following links will give you choices to plan your adventures:

Bourne Woods
Grantham Canal
Grantham to Newark
Stamford to Oakham
Twyford Woods

For a full view of South Kesteven in all its picturesque glory on two wheels, check out the Stately Homes Of South Lincolnshire route.

Parks and playgrounds

Our district has plenty of parks and playgrounds to keep the little ones entertained and pique your interest on an exploration adventure. Check out Wyndham Park in Grantham which has a playing area of four hectares with the River Witham flowing through, with seating areas surrounded by a cafe, patio and cycle hire. Or head over the road to Queen Elizabeth Park for 9.1 hectares of riverside parkland, including a fishing pond floral conservation areas and picnic areas.

Across town we have Dysart Park, two hectares of formal park and playing field, open from 7.30am until dusk including an outdoor paddling pool, bowling green, tennis court and bandstand.

A few miles down the A1 you can find Stamford Recreation Ground, a formal park and playing field open from 7.30am until sunset, including three grass tennis courts, baket ball zone, golf putting course and children’s play area. And Stamford Meadows gives the perfect place to sit in a tranquil riverside area in front of the views of the Stamford skyline.

Then, in Bourne we have Wellhead Park, just a short step from shops and offices for a perfect place of relaxation and Deepings Lakes will offer lakeside walks across some 160 acres. Not forgetting Abbey Gardens, including the outdoor pool open through summer, which proves popular.

The Green Flag Award sets the benchmark standard for the management of green spaces in over 15 countries across the world. Wyndham Park have had this status for 12 years now, as well as Queen Elizabeth Park, for maintaining the award for a three years and Dysart Park for two years. Wyndham Park also have retained the Green Heritage Site Accreditation for the management of their historic features.


A tee time for every ability. Championship golf courses on the PGA circuit attract residential and day visitors – or if you prefer a rural nine-hole course or just gentle putting, the choice is yours.

The links below will take you to the splendid golf options in South Kesteven:

Belton Park Golf Club, Grantham

Belton Woods Hotel, Grantham

Burghley Park Golf Club, Stamford

Stoke Rochford Golf Club, Grantham

Sudbrook Moor Golf Club, near Grantham

Toft Hotel Golf Club, near Bourne

Other golf courses across the region can be found here


A perfect spot for everyone. Whatever your level of angling expertise, a range of fishing locations await you in South Kesteven. The following locations can be discovered:

Belvoir Lakes Fishery, near Grantham

Buckminster Park Trout Lake

Denton Reservoir

Lovells Carp Lake, West Deeping

Whitehouse Fishery, The Deepings

Willow Lakes, Foston near Grantham

Windmill Farm, Baston Fen

All the above plus further locations can be found on:


Saddle up! A guide for all horse enthusiasts!

Our downloadable guide will be useful for those who live within the district as well as visitors. It’s designed to show the wealth of things to do, from carriage driving to polo, international show jumping, horse trials, riding schools and the all important aspect of the horse world; horse rescue.

Military History

South West Lincolnshire has a proud history of aviation endeavour, from World War I to World War II and on to the Cold War.

2019 saw the 75th anniversary commemorations of two momentous airborne allied milestones, the D-Day invasion of Normandy in June 1944 and the September offensive to capture key Dutch bridges, known simply as Arnhem.

Both have left lasting legacies within South Kesteven.

Our Heritage of Flight publication records airfield sites, inspires imagination and encourages people to ponder the history on our doorstep – reflecting abiding memories from another era and the huge debt of gratitude owed to service personnel from across the globe who served here in South Kesteven.

Watch our video harking back to the eve of D-Day – and the mid-air training collision over Lincolnshire that killed seven combat decorated veterans and Major Jerry, the pilot’s Dalmatian dog and canine forces celebrity.