Many people start out a new year with the goal of getting fitter and healthier, whether that is about eating more healthily, sleeping better, taking up a new hobby or moving more regularly. As we move into February, we’re here to help with information on opportunities to get out, be active, enjoy the fresh air and explore South Kesteven!
Belton House Guided Walks
Monthly guided walks are departing from Belton House. The National Trust has partnered with the Woodland Trust to host these events. Londonthorpe Woods once formed part of the seventeenth century Brownlow Estate, but over time the landscape has become fragmented, the organisations are working to reconnect the historic landscape of Londonthorpe Woods and Bellmount Woods for the benefit of people and wildlife. Visitors will be free to explore these special sites and discover the wildlife and inspirational stories of their shared heritage.
There will be a monthly 5km guided walk from Belton House, along the Eastern Avenue of lime and sweet chestnut trees, and up, and into Bellmount Tower. The tower was built in 1750 and is one of the highest points in the area. From the top you’ll be able to take in the view over Grantham and neighbouring counties. You’ll also learn about the history of the Eastern Avenue and the tower itself including its connection to Belton House.
Belton House to Bellmount Tower – Sunday 27 February 10:30 – 12:30.
Belton House to Bellmount Tower – Sunday 27 March 10:30 – 12:30.
Accessible guided walk at Londonthorpe Woods – Sunday 6 March 09:30 – 12:00
Walks at Deeping Lakes Nature Reserve
There are many interesting walks in Market Deeping, including a circular walk through the Deeping Lakes nature reserve and along the riverbank. The walk is approximately 2km (1.25 miles) in length. The paths are mostly short grass and bare earth, mostly level with some short slopes. The reserve is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) so be on the lookout for interesting flowers and birds such as wildfowl and water birds. If you need a rest, there is also an accessible bird hide from where birds can be viewed. The reserve is open daily, dawn to dusk and is situated off the B1166 south of Deeping St James, PE6 8RH and it has parking available. For anyone wishing to walk their dog at the same time, please note that dogs are not allowed on the reserve – but they are allowed along the riverbank, if kept on a lead.
A local Ramblers Association group based in Stamford, also covers Bourne and the Deepings. The group has a mixture of people whose common interest is walking in the countryside.
Offering a varied programme of led walks, the group meets every other Sunday throughout the year for walks of around 10 miles over 4 – 5 hours including a morning coffee stop and a picnic lunch. The group also has events in the summer months – usually shorter walks on a Wednesday. There are also a number of social events throughout the year. The first three rambles are free to non-members to allow you a chance to decide whether or not to join the group.
Parkruns are free, weekly, community events all around the world and we are lucky to have two picturesque routes on our doorstep at Belton House and Belvoir Castle. Parkrun is a positive, welcoming and inclusive experience where there is no time limit and no one finishes last. Everyone is welcome to come along, whether you walk, jog, run, volunteer or spectate.
The events are every Saturday at 9:00am. The events are free, but the organisers do ask you to register prior to your first event. There is also opportunity to socialise after the event, with a post parkrun coffee at the local coffee house.
Wyndham Park is also home to a junior parkrun, a shorter course at 2k aimed at 4-14 year olds. Walk, jog or run and an opportunity for your little ones to enjoy fresh air.
The events are every Sunday at 9:00am at Wyndham Park, Hill Avenue, Grantham, NG31 9BB. Free to join, but please register your child before their first event. Grab a coffee to keep warm from the Wyndham Park Café or enjoypost-race refreshments for all the family.
Parks and Green Spaces
The Wellhead – Bourne
In the centre of the town in the beautiful setting of green open space stands the Wellhead and Bourne Memorial Gardens, on the site of Bourne Castle. The gardens are open daily for visitors to walk around and enjoy. The Wellhead playing field (Manor Lane, Bourne, Lincolnshire, PE10 9PQ) provides ample space for recreation activities such as ball games. There is also a well-equipped and modern children’s playground.
Jubilee Park – the Deepings
Enjoy a walk around Jubilee Park (Pendlebury Drive, Deeping St James, Peterborough PE6 8QF) and make use of the outdoor gym. With 8 stations of equipment, this is a great opportunity to get moving, enjoy fresh air and spend time outdoors. There is fun for all the family, with a children’s play park too.
The Meadows – Stamford
Just a short walk from the historic town centre, enjoy a stroll around the Meadows in Stamford. Take in the tranquil riverside area and enjoy the views of the Stamford skyline.
Wyndham Park – Grantham
There are plenty of opportunities to be active and enjoy the fresh air in Wyndham Park. There are a variety of facilities on offer such as tennis courts, basketball hoops and outdoor gym equipment as well as table tennis. Wyndham Park Bowls Club is also based here and cycle hire is also available. There are two play parks for children of all ages, or enjoy a short walk along the riverside to Queen Elizabeth Park where you can zoom along the zip wire!
Nature’s Calendar – Ring the Date
Combine activity with your love for nature and the outdoors – nature is full of clues to the changing seasons and the Woodland Trust need your help to track them. Join this talk-and-walk event to learn about a national nature recording project. Wyndham Park Visitor Centre – Saturday 26 February 2022 10:00 – 13:00
Book your place for Ring the Date.
So, whether you’re enjoying a guided walk through the tree lined avenues of the grounds of a historic house, rambling through the Lincolnshire countryside, or running a trail in the parkland of a majestic castle, there are plenty of options to keep you moving in 2022.