South Kesteven is home to some wonderful countryside and parks for walking, cycling and finding some peace and quiet. But right now, we all need to make sure that we support the NHS and our neighbours by staying safe. So, please follow government guidelines, and if you do explore some of our beautiful places, take care to keep apart, avoid crowded car parks and respect everyone’s safety.

Now that Summer is nearly here and we can begin to spend more time safely outside, here are just a few ideas for walks and gentle meanders to re-charge your batteries and enjoy some space and tranquillity in South Kesteven – whilst still observing social distancing.

1. Londonthorpe Woods

With wildflower meadows, broadleaf and mature woodland home to an array of wildlife and lush, open grassland, Londonthorpe Wood near Grantham is a great place to visit. Car parking is available.

2. Bourne Woods

Bourne Woods, near Bourne, is a quiet ancient woodland and visitors can walk up to the ponds where kingfishers and herons can often be seen. There is a car park and picnic area.

3. Burghley parkland

While it may not yet be feasible to visit inside Burghley House, near Stamford, the rolling Burghley parkland and deer park offer a fantastic alternative. Idyllic walking in sight of the fabulous Elizabethan mansion. Free parking.

4. Grantham Canal

The Grantham Canal runs for 33 miles through 18 locks between Grantham and Nottingham. Fields and woods surround the canal towpath, making it a great walk for people who have spent too long indoors and are itching to properly stretch their legs.

Top tips for safe walking:
• Please follow current Government guidance on any personal restrictions when walking in public.

  • Keep a safe distance from other walkers.
    If a location looks to be a little crowded, it should be avoided. Whilst children may be tempted to run around, try to keep them near to you.• Keep it local
    Only visit locations to walk that are local to you or safe to access – if everyone sticks to this rule there will be plenty of space and fun to be had in South Kesteven.