Wyndham Park, Grantham, Lincolnshire
Grantham is located on the River Witham, in the county of Lincolnshire, approximately 120 miles north of London and 25 miles south of Lincoln.
Surrounded by agricultural land towards the western side of the Kesteven uplands, it is an ancient and attractive red-brick town, with the 281ft high spire of St.Wulfram's Church one of its dominating features.
Wyndham Park lies on the banks of the River Witham just to the north of Grantham Town Centre. It offers a wide range of facilities for young and old and proudly holds the Green Flag Award
Heading north of Grantham on the NCN route 15, Belton House, a Restoration country house with 25 rooms open to the public. 1300 acre landscaped park, formal gardens and woodland adventure playground. Surrounding the town you can visit Belvoir Castle. Easton walled Gardens and Woolsthorpe Manor.
The southern part of the Vale is bordered by the Belvoir Edge escarpment and the Nottinghamshire Wolds. Belvoir Castle dominates the skyline of this wonderful area which is littered with woods and breath taking open views. The area is laden with country lanes and honey stoned villages like Woolsthorpe by Belvoir and Knipton. Many villages are steeped in history and pageantry and owned by the Duke of Rutland for many many years. The Nation Cycle Network passes through the heart of the estate connecting Grantham Nottingham and Melton Mowbray. The many hotels and B&Bs dotted around allow for a more leisurely stay maybe taking in Belvoir Castle.
33 miles of towpaths between Grantham and Nottingham makes the Grantham Canal the perfect route to explore the Vale of Belvoir ( pronounced Beaver). The tow paths are level and interjected with fantastic public houses and cafes, perfect if you’re out for a day’s cycling in the countryside.
Of this 33 miles of towpath – 22 miles have a crushed stone surface – the remainder being grass. 18 locks connect Grantham to West Bridgeford where it eventually joins the river Trent.
The grass section is (largely) between Harby and Woolsthorpe by Belvoir, and was left in grass, due to these areas being designated Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Harby to Redmile area was first notified as a SSSI in 1983 and encompasses the whole canal from Rectory Bridge No 44 at Harby to Redmile Mill Bridge No 53 and relates to aquatic vegetation and towpath grassland.
The area is abundant in wildlife, water voles, hares, foxes, badgers, grass snakes, bats even the Great Crested Newts have been seen at Muston Meadows. Resident waterfowl include Moorhen, Coot, Mute Swan, Mallard, Tufted Duck and Little Grebe. Numerous birds can be seen and heard and including the Green Woodpecker, Yellowhammer, Mistle Thrush, Willow Warbler, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler and the rarer predatory birds such as Buzzard, Sparrow Hawk and kestrel have also been seen.
The “Grantham Canal Guide” is an excellent wealth of information and the perfect companion to your cycle path expedition and is available from Belvoir cycle hire when collecting your hire bikes
Numerous local routes which are frequented by amateurs and enthusiasts alike.The Belvoir Loop – 17 miles which is noted to be one of the best routes in Leicestershire and takes you up and down the escarpment looking out over the Vale of Belvoir. This route s best ridden in dry conditions.Vale of Belvoir Circular Cycle Route – 29 miles on mostly country back roads – taking in the villages of Sedgebrook, Denton, Harston, Knipton, Branston, Hose, Harby, Stathern, Belvoir, Woolsthorpe.