Walking in Lincolnshire

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Why Walk?

Walking is one of the easiest, and cheapest ways to become more active. You don’t need any special equipment, just put on some comfortable shoes or trainers and you’re ready to go! Walking improves fitness, cardiac health, alleviates depression and fatigue, improves mood and reduces pain, it can also prevent weight gain, reduce risk for cancer and chronic disease, improve endurance, circulation, and posture.

If you haven’t been active for a while it’s a great way to improve your fitness, just remember to take it easy and build up the length of your walks gradually. If you’re not confident about how far you can walk, choose a local park with benches for rest stops on the way. Just remember, to gain the most benefit from walking you need to walk briskly, this should mean you feel warmer and slightly out of breath.

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Make it local

There are so many beautiful walking routes available in Lincolnshire.
Why not travel locally and explore the county?
We have brought together a selection of walks from around the county for you to try. Whether you are looking for a ramble in the countryside or finding out more about local history on a town trail, there’s lots of options for you to enjoy.

 Boston

Waterways Walk
The Boston Woods Trust
Boston Walks on AllTrails App
Central Park

City of Lincoln

Visit Lincoln- tours, walks & trails
Parks and Open Spaces
Liquorice Park

East Lindsey

 Lincolnshire Wolds
Open Paths and Trails
Snipe Dales

North Kesteven

Stepping Out Walks
Ridges and Furrows Arts and Heritage Trail – Sleaford family trail
Whisby Nature Park 

South Holland

Spalding walks
Spalding Public Art Trail
Parks and Open Spaces

South Kesteven

Parks and Playgrounds
Walking routes

 

West Lindsey

Walking routes to explore
Parks and Gardens
A walk through time

Lincolnshire County Council

Walks in Lincolnshire
Lincolnshire Heritage Explorer

Create a new routine

Here are some great suggestions to incorporate more walking into your everyday habits:

Create or join a walking bus
On an informal walking bus, a group of children walk to school together with their parents.
Get the kids involved
Walking is great low impact exercise for children and the whole family, and its free! It’s also a really nice way to spend time together, whether you’re going for a stroll to explore your local area, or you’re visiting a park or the countryside. Sometimes however children need a bit of encouragement to put down their screens get out on a walk. Often if you have a focus for the walk, such as a interesting destination, an activity like a scavenger hunt or a game to play along the way, children will find it much more enjoyable.

Tops tips from Sustrans include:

  • Focus on an exciting destination for them like a park, a playground, woods or a pond where they can run around freely and explore.
  • Choose a wiggly, winding route rather than a long, straight one.
  • Take a camera and ask them to help take photographs of your journey.
  • Encourage your child to invite a friend along to share the fun.
  • Take your dog along for the walk and if you don’t have one, see if you can take your neighbour’s.
  • If children are flagging, take a break and refuel with healthy snacks and drinks.
  • Add excitement by walking in fancy dress or pretending to be characters from their favourite book.

Take a lunchtime stroll
See the walking routes listed above for some inspiration or have a look at the walking apps we have listed below. You could also join a walking group, Walking for Health walks are developed to be accessible to people who have done little or no exercise before, or who need more support to stay active than they have in the past (please note that due to covid-19 many walks may not have yet resumed).
Walk your dog
Not only will your dog thank you but you will also reap the rewards of regular physical activity, time to de-stress and enjoy nature as well as bonding time with your dog.
Workplace Challenge

  • walk to work – can you walk to work, if not the whole journey maybe the last mile?
  • walking meetings – why not walk and talk business
  • active lunch breaks – make sure you make time at lunch to leave your desk and go for a quick walk
  • take the stairs
  • get some of your colleagues together and set up team step challenges using an app like the ones listed below

Join a community

Walking sports are a wonderful way to meet new people, try a new activity and build up confidence post lockdown.

Walking Netball:
Lincolnshire County Netball

Walking Football:
Lincolnshire Football Association

Walking Tennis:
Grantham Tennis Club & Gym

Walking Cricket:
Lincolnshire County Cricket

There is an App for that

There are so many free apps available that can help you find routes, plot your own route or support you to set goals and achieve them. Below are some of the apps we like:

All Trails
Buddy Boost
Strava
Runkeeper
Couch25k or Active 10
Plot A Route
Get Outside
Go Jauntly