Grimsthorpe Castle Walk
This fine country house has an expansive estate to explore on a number of footpaths. This circular walk visits the woodland, lake and parkland where there's fine views of the surrounding Lincolnshire countryside.
The castle is situated between Bourne and Swinstead and has been the home of the de Eresby family since 1516. There's 10 miles of trails with a medieval deer park and Tudor oak park crossed by fine avenues of trees. You can also hire bikes on the estate if you prefer to cycle.
The park is home to an abundance of wildlife with Buzzards, Red Kites, Swans, and Geese to look out for in the air. There are also resident deer with types including Red, Fallow and Muntjack Deer.
The gardens are also majestic with wonderful topiary and ornate statues.
To extend the walk you could head west into Swinstead or east into Edenham where there's The Five Bells pub to visit. There's also some good public footpaths heading south toward Little Bytham where there's another deer park with woodland.
PostcodePE10 0LY - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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The estate parkland is a fine place for a dog walk though you are requested to keep them on a lead because of the deer. They are also not allowed in the formal gardens and children's adventure playground. You'll find water bowls outside the shop though.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Head a couple of miles east of the estate and you could visit Bourne Woods. There's miles of peaceful trails here with pretty bluebells to see in the spring months. Also nearby is the Willow Tree Fen Nature Reserve and the Macmillan Way long distance trail which can be picked up near Thurlby.