Walking, Cycling and Riding
We hope you find a route to suit your walking, cycling and horse riding style. The routes below are a mixture of ones produced and promoted by the LWCS and other organisations. Please note, we do not undertake maintenance on these routes, that is the remit of the relevant highways authority – either Lincolnshire County Council or North East Lincolnshire Council. Due to the on-going financial constraints that all authorities are working under and the need to reduce spending, some maintenance programmes are being reduced and this may impact on some routes. Please contact the relevant highways departments with any issues you may have below:
Walking - With great footpaths and bridleways, the Wolds is a fantastic place to stretch your legs and enjoy unspoilt countryside and some fresh air. Whether you enjoy longer walks or simply want to stroll, there are walks for everyone.The Viking Way
A 147 mile long distance footpath. The route starts on the banks of the Humber in the north and winds through some of the best walking in Lincolnshire. It finishes at Rutland Water. The route is available to download in sections.
A 25 mile linear walk, produced by Grimsby & Louth Ramblers, linking the two towns. It follows attractive paths over the Eastern Wolds.
A 95 mile walk linking market towns around the AONB. A guide book is available for the route through the Ramblers.
A 76 mile circular walk that takes in the best of the Wolds. Starting and ending in Louth, it has been broken down into 5 stages, averaging 6 hours walking per day.
A trail which covers 273 miles from Peacehaven in East Sussex to Sand le Mere in East Yorkshire, following the line of the Prime Meridian.
There are also a number of leaflets available for walks from 4 miles upwards. These are available from Tourist Information Centres and include our own publications.Click here to visit our publications page
Access for All
There are a number of trails, paths and maps available that show routes that are suitable for pushchairs & wheelchairs. Each leaflet provides information on path surfaces, gradients, cross-slopes as well as the location of seats, steps and gates. Many of them are based round nature reserves so if you're looking for a shorter trail for everyone in the family to enjoy, try these!
Also available is a map of paths and points of interest round Willingham Woods near Market Rasen.
Why not make the most of the Walkers Are Welcome towns on the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds?
Horncastle, Market Rasen and Caistor are all communities that have worked to ensure their area is great for walking with good routes and facilities, to find out more click on the links below.
Why not join in the Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival? Launched in 2005, the festival is amongst the largest of its kind in England. A hands-on partnership between voluntary walk leaders from a range of organisations and the local authorities situated within the Lincolnshire Wolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a lively programme of walks designed to get you out and about in this beautiful and varied landscape.
Cycling - The Wolds is a great place to visit on two wheels!
The National Cycle network route from
There are plenty of circular routes of varying lengths for every ability.
Check out our six cycling routes round the Louth area
- Hubbard's Hills to Red Hill (6.5 or 11.8 miles)
- Hubbard's Hills to Welsdale Bottom (11.1 miles)
- Louth to North Ormsby (18.7 miles)
- Louth to Grimoldby (7 or 11.5 miles)
- Legbourne to Belleau (16.2 miles)
- Legbourne to Authorpe (13.5 miles)
or download the South and North Wolds cycling maps so you can create your own routes! These and lots more cycling routes, maps and links are available from Lincolnshire County Council
Equestrian - Quiet lanes and bridleways make the Lincolnshire Wolds a fantastic riding area!
The Lindsey Trail
is suitable for carriage drivers, horse riders, cyclists and walkers. There is plenty of accomodation available in the area to bring you horse along too; have a look at some of the fabulous accomodation on offer on the Lindsey TrailLincolnshire Wolds Riding Trails
Five riding routes through the northern part of the Lincolnshire Wolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) have been devised by a member of the BHS and vary in length from 7 to 19 miles.
Alternatively brush up your skills at one of the excellent schools we have in the area. Brook House Farm is in the heart of the Lincolnshire Wolds or why not try Caistor Equestrian Centre who also hold regular competitions.
Another excellent venue is Hill House Equestrian Centre, if you have your horse on holiday with you, the centre is based near to Market Rasen and has an excellent new outdoor facility and indoor schools, holding regular BD and BS disciplines.
For more information on public rights of way or visiting the countryside, click on the links below.