Eastern England's undiscovered pastoral gem is Lincolnshire's Wolds - an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. From Caistor down to Spilsby, the Wolds run roughly parallel to the North Sea. A drive through the sparsely populated landscape is not about pretty villages, but seeing unspoilt countryside. In fact, many villages have shrunk since their medieval heyday, or vanished altogether. There are four distinct areas to see, and an ideal way to appreciate the differences is a scenic circular tour from Caistor, taking a picnic and stopping for a stroll or two along your choice of many marked footpaths ... or simply sitting in the car and admiring far-reaching views across surrounding flatland to distant landmarks like Lincoln Cathedral.
From Caistor, take the A46 and tum left at Nettleton to Normanby-le-Wold, before finding the B1225 and turning right, almost immediately going right again to Tealby. This has taken you through the north-western scarp's dramatic slopes, wooded valleys and rough pastureland. Rejoin the southbound B1225 and enter the southwest's complex arrangement of ridges bisected by deep combes and wide river valleys, with a patchwork of hedges and fields, woodland and rivers.
Go on through this attractive area and tum right for Donington-on-Bain, wending through lanes via Goulceby, Belchford, Tetford, Hagworthingham and Partney to Gunby. Head north on the main AI028 and A16 roads, through the heart of the wooded south-eastern claylands with their remote, isolated feel. Turn off the Louth bypass onto the A631, turning right for Kelstern, Binbrook and Rothwell, and from there back to Caister. This takes you across the chalk wolds, an extensive open plateau of rolling hills, where large arable fields contrast with the secluded valleys with their wooded slopes and lush pastures. Rest of all, you won't fmd a single tourist trap from beginning to end!
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Wolds Top - the highest point in the Lincolnshire Wolds, marked by a trig point just north of Normanby-le-Wold.
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Be sure to take a good map on your tour, as the mmol moor roads can be confusing and it's easy to get lost ... no matter, you'll just get to see even more of the Wonderful Wolds!