Local Attractions

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Walking Holidays in Lincolnshire
Walking holidays in Lincolnshire do not come any better than here at Poachers Hideaway. Flintwood Farm lies nestled in the heart of the Lincolnshire Wolds a designated area of outstanding natural beauty. The farm boasts 5 miles of private, interwoven footpaths which meander around the lakes and woodlands, skirting the fields, uphill and down dale.

The landscape and views are spectacular. From the top of Park Hill, you can see down the Value of Scamblesby past Goulsby to Belmont and Stenigot. Down the Vale of Tetford, the views extend across the Wash to Hunstanton in Norfolk.

Looking out over Belchford village you can see Tattershall Castle and the fens. The Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival, an annual event that takes place in May, is a series of guided fun walks for all around the Wolds providing an opportunity to explore the beauty of the Wolds and surrounding area. One of the walks is based at Poachers Hideaway benefiting from being led by Andrew himself with his extensive local knowledge.

The network of walks in Tennyson Valley offers unsurpassed views of some of the most beautiful and unspoilt scenery in the East Midlands and the chance to explore local villages, delightful churches, traditional pubs, wildlife and woodlands. Pubic footpaths and bridleways also pass through the farm, most famously The Viking Way read more. Ordinance survey maps are held in the office and Wolds Walks leaflets available in the cottage information folders.

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Cadwell Park - Motor Racing Circuit
Located in the Lincolnshire Wolds, Cadwell Park was established in 1934 by Mr Mansfield Wilkinson of Louth. His sons originally used the land for racing their own motorbikes against each other. Originally the gravel-drives of the country estate measured 3/4 miles, with tarmac and concrete being added in 1938, with widening and lengthening in 1953, and lengthened again in 1961 with the addition of the Donington Curve.

In 1953 the track was lengthened to 1.3 miles (2.1 km), upon the invitation of the 500-cc motorcycle-engined Formula 3 to race in a traditional bike meeting. Around 30,000 spectators attended that particular race. The track grew to the current 2.25 miles (3.62 km) layout in 1962 and hosted the British F3 series the next May. Some of the bends are named after family members e.g. Mansfield, Charlie and Chris.

One of the biggest developments in the circuit's history occurred in January 2004, when Jonathan Palmer's MotorSport Vision company completed the purchase of Cadwell Park and the other Octagon venues such as: Brands Hatch, Oulton Park, and Snetterton. Palmer immediately implemented a programme of improvements to the venue, designed to heighten customer experiences both for spectators and competitors.

To visit Cadwell Park's website, please click here. Below are a few photographs to show you what different sides of motorsport you can expect to see, with 3 YouTube action packed videos that make Cadwell Park come alive with the fun of speed and the smell of Castrol R in a hot engine!

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Donna Nook Seals
Donna Nook National Nature Reserve covers more than 10km (6.25 miles) of coastline between Grainthorpe Haven in the north and Saltfleet in the south where it borders the Saltfleetby-Theddlethorpe National Nature Reserve. Every November and December, grey seals come to the Donna Nook coastline to give birth to their pups near the sand dunes; a wildlife spectacle which attracts visitors from across the UK. To visit the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust's website for more information, please click here.

Donna Nook is a point on the low-lying coast of north-Lincolnshire, England, north of the village of North Somercotes. The area, a salt marsh, is used by a number of Royal Air Force stations in Lincolnshire for bombing practice and shares its name with RAF Donna Nook.

Visitors should be aware that the Ministry of Defence still maintains part of the area as a bombing target range and under no circumstances should anyone enter the bombing area when red flags are flying. However, most of the dune area is accessible at all times.

Horncastle is a small market town, just 5 miles from Poachers Hideaway. It is famous for its many Antique and Bric a Bric shops. An ideal place to spend a day browsing through the many hidden treasures including Great Expectations, Horncastle Antique Centre, Boams, A. Hare and Sons, Lawrence Shaw, Seaview Antiques and more.

There are a variety of quaint Tea rooms such as Myers, Benton’s, Stables, Hennies, Tea at the Bridge. They all provide you with an ideal opportunity to take a break as you explore the shops. The Town also has a selection of superb restaurants, takeaways and public houses serving a variety of menus to suit all tastes.

This is also an ideal opportunity to purchase some of the Tastes of Lincolnshire produce from the local stores which include bakers, butchers, fruit and vegetables and many more. Markets are also held in the Market Square on Thursdays and Saturdays, with a Farmers Market on the second Thursday of every month. A selection of supermarkets, pharmacies and petrol stations compliment the local stores to meet your needs. Swimming Pool and Fitness Suite provides an excellent leisure facility and is open for visitors and residents.

Once known as Banovallum, Horncastle still has remains of its Roman walls within the town library. Horncastle also has stunning 18th and 19th century architecture or take a walk along the Horncastle Canal or the Viking Way long distance footpath which runs through Poachers Hideaway. Horncastle’s oldest standing building dating back to the 13th Century. St Mary’s is placed in the heart of the town. A must to visit.

Basically, the fabric consists of nave and chancel, each with a clerestory, a north and south aisle, north and south porch, and a low massive square tower containing a clock and six bells, surmounted by a small spirelet which is completely out of proportion with the rest of the building. The present structure of Saint Mary’s Church is very probably the final result of three major rebuilding’s or restorations over the centuries, plus a variety of repair works particularly over the past 200 years.

Famous Residents
Sir Joseph Banks was a British explorer and naturalist. He was a long-time president of the Royal Society, London, and became known for his promotion of science. His home was in Horncastle. In 1768 he led the Royal Society delegation on a voyage around the world with Captain James Cook. During this time, they landed in New Zealand, at Poverty Bay, in 1769. While there, Banks described a great number of plants found in the area. He also wrote detailed descriptions of the Maori people who lived there. His scientific account of the voyage and its discoveries sparked considerable interest in Europe. This went on to encourage European settlement near the Pacific islands. The Sir Joseph Banks Society now have a base in Horncastle at the Sir Joseph Banks Centre on Bridge Street.

William Marwood was an Executioner from 1872. He became the official Crown Executioner in 1874 through to his death in September 1883. His main occupation was as a cobbler. His shop and the home he shared with his wife Ellen still exist in Horncastle today. Marwood developed the long drop method of hanging. This technique ensured that the prisoners’ neck was broken instantly at the end of the drop. The present Honourable Queens Champion is Francis John Fane Marmion Dymoke and lives at Scrivelsby Court, which is located on the outskirts of town.

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Aviation - Bomber County
Lincolnshire became known as “Bomber County” during WWII. Poachers Hideaway is positioned right in the heart of this historic aviation region. Lincolnshire offers a variety of visitor centres and sites for the aviation enthusiast to explore, both at active and non–active Air Bases. We also have our very own war-time connections at Poachers Hideaway.

The first few photographs below show you one of two dugouts cut into the ridge of Park Hill, which is the next hill ridge to the south east of Poachers Hideaway. During the Second World War, planes returning from bombing raids would be guided by search lights positioned here. The dugouts were set 1000 yards apart and the search lights in them were used for positional guidance. Planes that had had their navigational systems damaged could then find their way to their airfields across the County. The Home Guard also used an area at the base of Park Hill for rifle practice.

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Visitor Centre
The centre is located on an operational RAF airfield at RAF Coningsby. It operates the only airworthy Lancaster in Britain. There are also five Spitfires, two Hurricanes, a Dakota and two Chipmunks. RAF Coningsby is also home to the Typhoon Euro Fighter. There are viewing areas at the end of the runway for those special photos. Click here to visit their website.

Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre, East Kirkby
East Kirkby heritage centre is home to the Lancaster. She is one of only four Lancaster’s remaining in the UK. East Kirkby is also the only place in the country to see a Lancaster Bomber on an original wartime airfield. You can also ride in it! (pre-book only). Special events are held here throughout the year. These include night-time taxi runs, concerts and firework display. Further exhibits at the centre include aircraft Hangars and an, original Barnes Wallis Bouncing Bomb. There are also military vehicles, a NAAFI, a Station Chapel, a Control Tower and an Escape Museum. Click here to visit their website.

Thorpe Camp Visitor Centre
Built in 1940 and formerly part of RAF Woodhall Spa. The site includes Officers Mess, Airman’s Dining Halls, a NAAFI and Ration Store. The visitor centre depicts the story of RAF Woodhall Spa, Squadrons 97, 617 Dambusters, 619 and 627 that were based there, together with Civilian Life in Lincolnshire during WWII. Click here to visit their website.

Metheringham Airfield Visitor Centre
Metheringham Airfield Visitor Centre is a small museum, supported by The Friends of Metheringham Airfield. The centre is dedicated to those men and women who flew and supported RAF 106 Bomber Squadron from 1943 until the end of the second world war. The visitor centre contains an abundance of information. It displays many artefacts that relate to those flyers, aircrew and ground staff who flew and offered support to the squadron during its presence in Metheringham. Click here to visit their website.

RAF Scampton Historical Museum/Red Arrows
RAF Scampton was the home of the Dambusters Squadron during World War II. Scampton is currently known as the home of the Red Arrows aerobatic display team. The museum covers the history of the station and lists a number of exhibits relating to 617 Dambuster squadron as well as a Blue Steel Missile. Please view their website for details and note you must contact them prior to visiting (Photo ID is required). Click here to visit their website.

RAF Digby Sector Ops Museum
The Sector Operations room bunker has been restored to its former wartime glory. It is a tribute to all those who served and fought during the Second World War. The museum also contains, RAF documents, Squadron histories, Operation record books, photographs, uniforms and many more exhibits. Please see their website for further information prior to your visit, by clicking here.

Newark Air Museum
Newark Air Museum is located on the former RAF station of Winthorpe. The museum is one of the UK’s largest volunteer managed aviation museums. The diverse collection of aircraft and cockpit sections covers the history of aviation. The aircraft on display include 13 National Benchmark aircraft; 34 Significant aircraft and 21 Noteworthy aircraft as listed in the National Aviation Heritage Register. Nearly two thirds of the exhibits are now displayed inside. In addition to the aircraft, the museum houses a diverse display of aviation artefacts and a collection of more than thirty aero engines. Click here to visit their website.

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Battle of Britain Flight

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Lincolnshire Aviation Museum

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Newark Air Museum

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RAF Scampton & RAF Metheringham

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Thorpe Camp Visitors Centre

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RAF Digby Ops Centre

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Woodhall Spa
Woodhall Spa is located about six miles to the south-west of Horncastle. Woodhall Spa, like us, is situated on the Viking Way so you could walk there direct from Poachers Hideaway.

History of Woodhall Spa
The village came about almost by accident in the early 19th century when the then Lord of the Manor, Thomas Hotchkin, discovered that the spring which had arisen from an earlier abandoned coal mining speculation was actually quite mineral rich. He then set about creating the Spa Baths, which remained open until 1983.

The village has retained much of its Victorian elegance, helped by it having been made a conservation area in 1991. The opening of Woodhall Spa Railway station in 1855 contributed greatly to the increasing popularity of its spa facilities. Richard Adolphus Came was largely responsible for the elegant design of the spa town which grew as a result. His designs stipulated that none of the roads should be streets but rather tree lined avenues, something which survives today.

Family Activities
Jubilee Park with its heated outdoor swimming pool is a very popular attraction in Woodhall Spa. There are also tennis courts, a bowling green, croquet and a children’s playground. Tucked away in the Pinewoods is the Kinema in the Woods. This quaint cinema is famous for being the only remaining back-projection cinema in the country. An original Compton Kinestra 3 Manual/ 9 Rank Organ is a relatively recent (1987) addition to the entertainment at the cinema. A popular event in recent years has been the Woodhall Spa 1940s Festival. The festival usually takes place at the beginning of July.

Aviation Heritage
There are many associations with wartime history in Woodhall Spa. Many of the large houses here were opened up as hospitals for the sick and wounded during both wars. In addition to these, one of the most famous wartime RAF squadrons was based in the town. Petwood House, which was originally home to Sir Archibald and Lady Weigall. The Royal Air Force requisitioned their house in the Second World War. In 1943 it became the Officers Mess for 617 Squadron (the Dambusters) who flew from RAF Woodhall Spa after moving from Scampton. The house is now a beautiful country hotel, set in 30 acres of attractive gardens and woodland. The Squadron Bar houses a collection of photographs and memorabilia from the time the squadron spent there.

Woodhall Spa 1940’s Festival
The first weekend in July sees a packed programme of events taking place as part of the Woodhall Spa 1940’s Festival. There really is something for everyone over the course of the weekend. Events encompass all sorts of music concerts, cinema and historical events. Plenty of opportunity also to spend money on a wide range of trade stalls. There is even a 1940’s themed Children’s Party on the Saturday morning! We are only 20 mins away from Woodhall Spa, so why not book a cottage so you can make full use of the whole weekend as we may have some deals available!

Thorpe Camp Visitor Centre Open Weekend
Nobody will want to miss the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight flypasts. These are scheduled to take place on both days at midday, weather and other circumstances permitting. We are also delighted to see that the Thorpe Camp Visitor Centre will be opening its doors on the same weekend between 10:00 am and 5 pm (they normally only open on Sunday afternoons) - highly recommended for a visit, especially to sample the home-made cakes in the NAAFI!

Those of you who really want to get into the swing of things might like to check out the competitions that the organisers are running for best dressed man, woman, boy, girl and just about everything else you might be able to think of. Not just costumes, but also vehicles, re-enactors and businesses will be able to offer themselves up for the scrutiny of the volunteer judges. There will also be a photographic competition. This is open to all via the Woodhall Spa 1940’s Festival Facebook, Flickr or Instagram pages.

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City of Lincoln
Lincoln has a wealth of history for you to explore. Happily, it is just a short 45-minute journey away from the peace and tranquillity of Flintwood Farm.

Historic Buildings in Lincoln
The first landmark you will notice on the approach to Lincoln from almost any direction is the magnificent medieval Cathedral. Once the tallest building in the world, Lincoln Cathedral has dominated the Lincolnshire skyline for over 900 years. If you have a head for heights, there are regular tours taking you up the central tower.

Once you reach the top, you can enjoy spectacular views across most of the county and beyond as a reward for your endeavour! Just across the square from the Cathedral is the home of the Magna Carta. Lincoln castle was built by William the Conqueror in 1086, although the site has been occupied since Roman times. There is free entry to the Castle grounds on non-event days.

Anyone who feels that Lincolnshire is completely flat might like to take the time to stroll down Steep Hill and The Strait. Along the way you can take in many of the historic buildings such as Jews Court or the many independent retailers along the way, before attempting the ascent back up to the top without stopping!

Museums and Galleries
There are several museums and galleries within easy walking distance of the Cathedral Quarter. The Museum of Lincolnshire Life has free entry. Located in an old barracks and houses a celebration of Lincolnshire culture from 1750 to the present day. The replica World War One Tank created by our own Guy Martin is one recent addition to the collection. The Usher Gallery, one of the region’s top art galleries can be found part-way down the hill alongside The Collection. The Gallery plays host to many contemporary art exhibitions in the course of a year. It also houses an extensive collection of fine and decorative arts. The Collection is Lincolns award-winning archaeology museum, which brings you face to face with Lincolns earliest inhabitants. There are also interactive exhibitions bringing you right through the history of our fine City.

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Louth – Gateway to the Wolds
Louth is known locally as the capital of the Lincolnshire Wolds. An area of outstanding views. Louth is a traditional Wolds town with superb Georgian buildings and a thriving market on Wednesday and Saturdays. Traditional theatre with an art deco cinema offers entertainment for those wetter days and the Meridian Centre which is the districts flagship leisure centre is worth a trip. Swimming, Fitness and Dance for all ages.

Known for its shops and food it offers a unique collection of old and new. Restaurants and inns, old fashioned tailors, traditional butchers, grocers and a cheese shop. Meander to St. James church to experience the views from the tower! There’s the splendid little museum and explore around to find Tennyson’s wall. Along the streets of East gate and West you can take in the Meridian line or joining in the Louth Art Trail.

Horse riding, gliding, sand racing, fishing and golf are all within easy access of the town. Hubbard’s Hills are a local beauty spot of the outskirts of the town, offering an area of outstanding natural beauty. The annual walking festival that runs from May through to June each year is a huge event. You can enjoy level walks along the navigation canal or more challenging walks into the Lincolnshire Wolds. Cadwell Park, one of the country’s most challenging motor racing circuits is available for thrills for all age groups.

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Skegness is a popular traditional seaside resort, just a 30-minute drive from Poachers Hideaway. Skegness is justifiably proud of its Blue Flag Award-winning beach which has ample space for sports and other activities. There are also the traditional donkey rides, which are always popular with the children. Look out for the SO Festival which is due to be held on August the 30th and the 1st of September in 2019. This popular event will feature music, comedy and an array of the most wonderful street art in Europe.

Skegness Attractions
Natureland Seal Sanctuary devotes itself to the rescue and rehabilitation of seals that get into difficulties on Lincolnshire’s beaches. Visitors to the sanctuary can also see butterflies in the Floral Palace, Reptiles in the Tropical House and much more besides. Skegness Aquarium offers an Underwater Pirate Adventure based on the characters and stories of Treasure Island. You will meet a whole universe of sea creatures and creepy crawlies. Along the way you will learn all about the amazing world of marine life from a range of interactive zones.

The Embassy Theatre has played host to a wide variety of top acts over the years. It is well worth checking out its What’s on Guide. If you are looking for a bit more of an adrenaline rush, then maybe the Kartworld Go-Karting centre is the place for you? They have a fleet of adult karts with proper powerful Honda GX270 engines. They also have a range of smaller carts, suitable for younger members of the family. Golfers might like to take in the Skegness Golf Centre, which caters for all ages and abilities. They also offer equipment hire in case you forgot to bring your own with you! Skegness Pier offers 10 pin bowling and laser quest, as well as the traditional walk to the end of the pier.

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Cleethorpes is a leisurely 40 min drive from Poachers Hideaway. The route takes in some very picturesque scenery through the Lincolnshire Wolds. The seaside resort is situated at the entrance to the Humber estuary. There is evidence of permanent occupation here since the 6th century.

The town lies on the Greenwich Meridian and enjoys one of the lowest annual rainfall totals in the country. Originally a fishing village, the settlement later began to be developed as a health holiday resort in the 1820s.

Visitor Attractions in Cleethorpes
Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway. First established in 1948, it originally ran for 300 yards along the sea front. Later developments over the years have seen it grow to over 2000 yards (almost 2km). Trains run from Kingsway Station, next to the Leisure Centre. The line continues to Lakeside Central, where there is a cafe and museum, as well as the engine sheds.

Leisure Centre
Opened in 1983 after storms in 1978 had destroyed the original open bathing pool. The centre now houses a 33m pool which is 1.8m in depth with a wave machine and water slide also installed. The Leisure Centre complex also contains a great gym and sports hall.

The Pier
Originally opened in 1873 on August Bank Holiday, it was financed by the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway. It was originally 370m in length in order to span the large distance between low and high tides. Later, in the Second World War, a section was removed to prevent it being used by invading forces but never replaced! The pier is also home to Papa's Award Winning Fish & Chips. With phenomenal views and unrivaled access to Cleethorpes Central Promenade – Cleethorpes Pier is Lincolnshire’s most iconic venue. It’s is no coincidence that fish & chips taste better by the seaside – and now there is no better spot to pick up a portion of Britain’s Best Fish & Chips. There is also the ABP Humber Observatory which, as well as the great views, features a new interactive display. This gives access to real time information about all the ships which can be seen going up & down on the estuary.

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Market Rasen - Town and Racecourse
Market Rasen is a small, picturesque market town, currently approaching some 4000 inhabitants, situated on the western edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds. It was originally known as East Rasen, with Middle Rasen being the more important location, and West Rasen following on from there but became prominent when it was granted the right to a market.

It has always been a quiet town, with obvious agricultural ties because of its situation, but at one time in the 19th century boasted nearly a dozen breweries or beer houses, dealers in coal, lime, sand and agricultural requisites, and manufacturers of items as diverse as tiles and washing machines/mangles. There were many inns/coaching houses, and the town was a centre for the carters from surrounding villages, who converged on the town for market days.

The Parish Church dates to Norman times, and the town was on the Turnpike from Gainsborough to Louth (the present A631) from 1756. It received piped water supplies in 1857, a railway linking it to both Grimsby and Lincoln in 1848, its own fire brigade prior to 1850, a Mechanics Institute in 1836, and its own newspaper in 1856. The 19th century population of some 2300 to 2900 inhabitants, had quite a bit to occupy them, or so it seems, and several churches, chapels and schools. It is presently best known for its racecourse, one of the busiest in the UK in terms of days when racing takes place.

Market Rasen Racecourse is a National Hunt racecourse in the town of Market Rasen, in Lincolnshire, England. The course is a right-handed oval with a circumference of around one-and-a-quarter miles. Although National Hunt racing is traditionally a winter sport, Market Rasen stages a year-round programme of racing. To see their website please click here.

Pet Friendly Pubs
The Bluebell Inn* at Belchford, West Ashby Arms at West Ashby, Three Horseshoes at Goulceby and The Durham Ox at Thimbleby are all dog friendly. Dogs are allowed in the bar but please ring first if you wish to have a meal. * Except Saturday evening. There is a £20 charge per dog staying at Poachers Hideaway.

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Contacting the Website
If you have any questions or comments about any of our cottages, services or facilities, contact us at: enquiries@poacherhideaway.co.uk.