Hartsholme Country Park
A circular walk through the beautiful Hartsholme Country Park and Swanholme Lakes Nature Reserve in Lincoln. Here you'll find over 200 acres of parkland including Victorian landscaped gardens, lakes, woodlands and grasslands. There is also an excellent Visitor Centre with exhibitions and interactive features on the wildlife and history of Hartsholme Country Park and neighbouring Swanholme Lakes Local Nature Reserve. The park is located a few miles south west of Lincoln city centre.
To extend your walking in the area you could visit the nearby Whisby Nature Park.
The park is located just a couple of miles to the south west and has six waymarked trails to try. The trails take you around a series of pretty lakes with an abundance of wildlife to look out for.
PostcodeLN6 0EY - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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The park has a fine cafe where you enjoy refreshments after your exercise. The building used to be stables that were converted to make the café, visitor centre and toilets in 1978.
You could also head to the nearby Whisby Nature Park and visit the excellent Natural World Centre. There's several refreshment options within the centre including the Boardwalk Bistro. Here you can enjoy hot food and snacks with stunning views over Thorpe Lake and the Nature Park beyond. There's also another cafe and a kiosk as well.
The centre also organises health walks for visitors wanting to improve their fitness levels. These are led by a walk leader and incorporate the different marked trails the Nature Park has to offer.
The park is great for dog walking but please keep them on leads in the nature reserve and children's play area. Dogs are allowed in the outside area of the cafe only.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Head into the city and you can try the circular Lincoln Walk which visits the cathedral, arboretum, castle and the River Witham. Here you can also pick up the interesting Spires and Steeples walk which runs through the countryside to Sleaford, visiting several pretty villages with historic churches along the way.
The historic village of Skellingthorpe lies just to the north west. There's some interesting buildings and the splendid ancient woodland of Old Wood to see here. Near the village you'll also find the Elizabethan manor house of Doddington Hall. The hall has some beautiful gardens, retail outlets, a bike shop and a mountain bike trail.
For more walking ideas in the county see the Lincolnshire Walks page.