Twyford Wood Colsterworth
This wood near Grantham has miles of footpaths taking you to conifer woodland, grassland and the lovely Twyford Wood butterfly glades. Here you can look out for dingy and grizzled skipper butterflies.
The site is a former second world war airfield with a control tower and wide open runways which are good for cycling. There is a small car park at the northern end of the forest where you can pick up the trails. The woods are very close to Colsterworth and Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth, the birthplace of Sir Isaac Newton. Here you can visit the 17th-century limestone house of Woolsthorpe Manor which is owned by the National Trust. This is said to be the site where Newton, observing an apple fall from a tree, was inspired to formulate his law of universal gravitation. The village and manor are only about a mile from the woods. It's a nice place to go for refreshments and to learn about the history of the area after your walk.
The Viking Way passes through nearby Buckminster so this is a good option if you'd like to extend your walking in the area.
Twyford Wood Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Twyford Wood Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Twyford Wood OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Twyford Wood Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
To the west of the woods you will find the village of Colsterworth where there are some good options for post walk refreshments. You could head to the White Lion which includes a fully licensed restaurant with home cooked food and a wide selection of Beers, Guest Beers, Lagers and Wines. There's also a beer garden to relax in on warmer days. You can find the pub at postcode NG33 5NE for your sat navs.
There's lots of good trails for you and your dog in the woods.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Just to the east is the historic Grimsthorpe Castle where there's miles of woodland and parkland surrounding a fine country house.
Head north into Grantham and you'll find one of the highlights of the area at the splendid Belton House. The National Trust owned property includes 1300 acres of parkland surrounding a fine country house. You can also pick up the Grantham Canal near here.
A few miles to the south there's the delightful village of Exton. There's a pleasant circular walk here taking you around the parkland of the old Exton Hall before visiting the two pretty lakes at Fort Henry.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Lincolnshire Walks page.