Louth and Surrounds: Mini Travel Guide

{By Lindsay Pike from the marketing team.  An honorary Ludensian since the late 90s.}

As I’ve “only” lived in Louth half of my life, I’m still uncovering hidden gems around the area. Having raised two children in Lincolnshire though, has greatly accelerated my discovery process, so here are a few of my recommendations, depending on your interests:

Shopping/Sights
Our beautiful Georgian market town of Louth is a hive of quirky independent shops.  Whether you’re looking for sartorial offerings, handmade gifts, or some delicious local cheeses and deli offerings, you’re sure to find it here. What you won’t find are all the major chain stores, high street fast food outlets and large supermarket chains, which really makes for a unique shopping experience, hard to replicate in bigger cities.  There are also 3 market days: Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

And if you’re feeling energetic after all that retail therapy, why not climb St James’ church spire?

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St James’ Church, Louth
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A cobbled street in Louth

If it’s antiques you’re after, then Horncastle is a 25 minute drive over the stunning Lincolnshire Wolds. It is an Aladdin’s cave of antique shops to peruse, backed up by some lovely tea rooms and cafes in which to celebrate acquiring your new-found treasures.

Cleethorpes is approximately a 20 minute drive from the Brackenborough, and Sea View Street is the place to be for independent fashion boutiques, jewellers and cafes. Well worth a trip!

Grimsby has Freshney Place Shopping Centre, if you need some undercover retail therapy when the weather is a bit dicey.

Lincoln, though a 40 minute drive, is a worthwhile one. Here you’ll find not only all of your favourite high street brands, but also when continuing up Steep Hill onto Bailgate, your every sense will be bombarded, as independent eateries, gift shops and retailers vie for your attention. Once you’ve walked this route you’ll end up at Lincoln Cathedral and (the newly renovated) Lincoln Castle, both worthy of a visit – the castle particularly, with one of 4 remaining copies of the Magna Carta on display here.

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The characteristic streets of Lincoln


Walking
The Lincolnshire Wolds are an ideal backdrop against which to stretch your legs. With many routes through the various villages and hills to suit all physical abilities, it’s almost criminal to pass up on this opportunity. We can even make you pack ups to take with you, so there’s no excuse! We have many walking route maps available, so please do ask reception for advice.

Hubbards Hills on the west side of Louth is another picturesque spot to take a stroll. With the river Lud running through, ducks and moorhens competing for crumbs of bread and mature trees at every turn, you will be sharing the sights with every generation at this popular beauty spot.  In the summer, there’s also a small shop selling ice cream.

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Golden fields of Lincolnshire


Children’s Activities
In Louth you can find Rushmoor Country Park, a delightful farm and tea room where bird displays, small animal petting and pony rides are frequently offered. The enthusiastic owners are always on hand to answer questions and tell tales of their animals’ escapades.

The Play Factory is a soft play centre just 5 minutes from the hotel; ideal for little ones to let off some steam while you relax with a coffee.

The Fishing Heritage centre in Grimsby is also well worth a visit – lots of interactive displays and mock streets/fishing trawlers for children to explore.

There is also a cinema and leisure centre in Louth, providing more options for when the weather isn’t playing ball.

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Rushmoor Country Park


Beaches

There are miles of glorious sandy beaches along our stretch of the coastline.

Cleethorpes has a lovely strip of beach, as well as a boating lake, leisure centre, cinema and bowling alley.

Mablethorpe has various amusement arcades, bowling alley, funfair, and Seal Sanctuary.  The town also stages sand races along the beach every other Sunday in the winter season.

Slightly further afield is Skegness, offering more good old fashioned fun…and it isn’t always “bracing”!

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Mablethorpe beach

This has just scratched the surface, but hopefully gives you a taster of what there is on offer in the vicinity. I hope you make some of your own discoveries too – let us know if you do!

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