• Explore East Lincolnshire


East Lincolnshire is full of varied landscapes, natural marvels, and a great abundance of flora and fauna. From the flat fascinating fens to the rolling hills of Lincolnshire Wolds, there is plenty to discover.

East Lincolnshire landscapes

The Fens is a naturally marshy region that covers large parts of southeast Lincolnshire between the Townlands and Lincolnshire Wolds. After it was drained in 1820, the area became one of Britain’s richest wildlife habitats. Today, the open fenlands are highly productive farmland with multiple fields growing potato, cereal, and sugar beet crops.

Lincolnshire Wolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), is a nationally important and much-loved landscape in the United Kingdom. The rolling countryside is ideal for hiking, biking, horse riding, and more.

East Lincolnshire coast is home to award-winning seaside resorts including Skegness, Cleethorpes and Maplethorpe. With miles of unspoilt coastline, visitors can walk along sandy beaches and enjoy a multitude of traditional seaside attractions.

History of East Lincolnshire 4 towns

East Lincolnshire is home to the five historic towns – Skegness, Maplethorpe, Grimsby, Cleethorpes, and Alford.

The seaside town of Skegness is home to the first Butlins Holiday camp. The camp was established in 1935 and remains one of the most popular seaside resorts in the United Kingdom. The surrounding area of modern Skegness was settled before the coming of the Romans, many fragments of Roman pottery have been found along the shoreline over the years. The railway reached Skegness in 1873, encouraging large numbers of day-trippers and tourists to visit the area. This influx of visitors made Skegness one of the most well-known holiday destinations in the country.

Mablethorpe is a coastal town in East Lincolnshire that has existed for many centuries. In the 1980s, a horde of treasure dating back to the Roman Empire was found in the town including Roman coins and pottery. St Mary’s Church, a local landmark, dates to the late 13th to early 14th Century with the nave arcade dating to around AD 1300. Following this, records of the Fitzwilliam family of Maplethorpe Hall date back to the 14th Century.

Founded by the Danes in the 9th Century, Grimsby was once considered a relatively large village with over 200 settlers. The village stood on a river called the Haven and naturally during the 12th Century, the village developed into a busy port with ships bringing goods from Norway, France, and Spain. In the Middle Ages, Grimsby suffered from outbreaks of the plague with a severe outbreak in 1590-91 but by the late 18th Century, the village began to flourish, and a Town Hall was built. During the 19th Century, the population of Grimsby grew rapidly, and the town became an important port for wheat, iron, timber, coal, and more.

East of the port of Grimsby lies Cleethorpes, a popular seaside resort in East Lincolnshire. Cleethorpes was made up of three small “thorpes” – Itterby, Oole, and Thrunscoe – which were part of the wider parish called Clee.  As a result of sunbathing becoming the latest trend, Cleethorpes started to become a famous holiday resort during the 19th Century.

A popular market town in East Lincolnshire, Alford sits at the foot of Lincolnshire Wolds with history dating back to the Middle Ages. The centre of the town hosts a large number of historic buildings including Alford Manor House dating to 1611 and the medieval St Wilfrid’s Church.

Walking trails

From gentle strolls to fast-paced hikes, there are many different walks suitable for all ages and abilities in East Lincolnshire and within the Area of Outstanding Beauty, the Lincolnshire Wolds.

Take a lengthy 7-mile walk through Fulletby, Tetford, Belchford and Salmonby to truly embrace the East Lincolnshire landscape. You will be given the opportunity to stroll through woods and fields and take in the spectacular views of rural Lincolnshire.

Through the Parish of South Thoresby, uncover East Lincolnshire’s wonderful nature and captivating past. The route is 5-miles long, but this can be shortened. Visit South Thorsby Local Nature Reserve and discover a Georgian church, ancient Manor Farm and deserted medieval village.

The Binbrook trail is a great option for walkers looking for a shorter route. The 2-3 mile trail takes in notable landmarks including the 19th Century Grimsby Road Pump and old Binbrook Water Mill.

Notable coastal and rural hotspots

There are plenty of coastal and rural hotspots for day-trippers and tourists to explore in East Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire Wolds, an Area of Outstanding Beauty, is the perfect place to delve into the beautiful English countryside. With rolling hills, picturesque stone villages and historic market squares, you are guaranteed to find something to suit all tastes and preferences. With over 200 miles of unspoilt countryside, the area is ideal for individuals who enjoy exploring the great outdoors. There are also many opportunities throughout the year to visit a farmers’ market and taste award-winning local produce.

East Lincolnshire’s spectacular coastline is home to popular seaside resorts and an abundance of wildlife. Skegness offers traditional seaside attractions including donkey rides and arcade machines, with a pier jutting out into the sea. With miles of sandy beaches, Cleethorpes is ideal for long walks along the coast. Chapel St Leonards is renowned for its multi-coloured beach huts and peaceful, secluded sand and shingle beach. To witness truly magnificent sunsets, visit Sutton-on-Sea beach. There are plenty of opportunities to get closer to nature at Maplethorpe with a wildlife and seal sanctuary on site.