The trail takes in the villages of Colsterworth, Burton le Coggles, Corby Glen, Irnham, Edenham, Grimsthorpe, Swayfield and Swinstead via a network of quiet country lanes.
Established attractions such as Easton Walled Gardens and Grimsthorpe Castle are listed alongside the area’s beautiful churches, a retreat house, art gallery, award winning coffee shop and historic hostelries.
It’s the brain child of Lady Ursula Cholmeley, responsible for transforming 12 acres of derelict gardens into Easton’s floral and gardening paradise of today and Grimsthorpe Castle manager Ray Biggs.
Town trails are available from Stamford and Grantham Tourist Information Centres and Market Deeping Town Hall and you can enjoy the Grantham Canal Walks. Stamford Ghost Walks are run by local actor Martin Tempest. Blue Badge Guide Jill Collinge does tours of historic Stamford, for private or group guided walks call Jill direct on 01780 729076.
You can download walk routes here for the Grantham Area
Barnsdale Gardens are the creation of Geoff Hamilton, Britains best loved television gardener and presenter of BBC TV’s Gardener’s World weekly gardening programme, which Geoff presented from his home at Barnsdale in Rutland. For visiting times & availability, (01572) 813 200
Easton, Nr Grantham;
South of Grantham, just off the A1 Easton Walled Gardens on the B6403 Lincolnshire Visitor Attraction of the year.
Set in a delightful 12 acre valley, this 400-year-old garden has walks, drifts of bulbs, meadow borders, auricular theatres, a cottage garden, a stone bridge crossing the River Witham and a turf maze together with tearooms and a shop that stocks seasonal gardening gifts.
Nr. Bourne, PE10 0LY
Built in 1540 for a visit by Henry VIII. State rooms with collections, tapestries and paintings. 3000 acres of landscaped parkland, gardens, adventure playground, cycle trail and hire shop. Open April to September – Thursday, Sunday and Bank Holidays (Sunday to Thursday June to September).
Tel: 01778 591205 www.grimsthorpe.co.uk
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Hill Avenue, Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG31 9BB www.wyndhamparkgrantham.co.uk
The formal park and a playing area of 4 hectares has an attendant on duty from 7.30am until approximately half an hour after sunset. Whilst access is not restricted outside of these times, facilities are not available when an attendant is not on duty.
Grantham, Belton Lane, Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG31 8FJ
This is a semi -formal parkland of 9.1 hectares. It has the following facilities:
Houghton Road, Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG31 6JD
2 hectares of formal park and playing field. It has an attendant on duty from 7.30 am until approximately half an hour after sunset. Use of both the park and the facilities in it is restricted to these times.
Recreation Ground Road, Stamford, PE9 1EN
The formal park and playing field has an attendant on duty from 7.30 am until approximately half an hour after sunset. Whilst access is not restricted outside of these times, facilities are not available when an attendant is not on duty.
Sit a while in the tranquil riverside area and enjoy the views of the Stamford skyline, how many Churches can you spot?
Well kept gardens, with ducks, willows, flower beds & benches. The bank to the far side of the gardens beside the river is the base of the curtain wall of Bourne Castle’s inner bailey. As the inner bailey moat, this water was three times this width.
The town is blessed with many open spaces but none more pleasant than the Wellhead Park, an area of parkland just a short step from the shops and offices where many go for a spot of peace and relaxation.