Mar
21

For those who are not too keen on roadside walks, the 140 miles of Lincolnshire coast offers the perfect solution. It is generally flat in nature and you can walk along either the sea banks or on the beach itself. Walkers should always have the relevant Ordinance Survey Explorer or Landranger maps with them to ensure their walk is as enjoyable and safe as possible.

Large sections of coastal walks are well away from civilization and so are tranquil and peaceful, the only accompanying sound being that of local wildlife. The overall coastal route passes through four national nature reserves and touches or comes close to several local reserves. Between Mablethorpe and Skegness is one long sandy beach.

There are plenty of places to explore on foot when walking in Lincolnshire. The county is some forty miles wide and seventy miles long, there is a great variety of scenery, fenland and woodland and in the centre, the City of Lincoln. While the county is the second largest in England, it has one of the lowest densities in population, so there are wide open and unspoiled countryside destinations to discover.

The Lincolnshire Wolds and its forty mile stretch of chalk upland is perhaps one of the most famous landscape features of the county. It is certainly one of the best destinations for country walks and exceptionally pleasing to the eye with typically rural scenes of rolling hills, valleys and untouched streams. The Wolds offer quite a different aspect to the flat Fenlands. There are some charming villages to use as a base for walks, including Somersby (birthplace of Lord Tennyson), which offers unrivalled Fenland views, Tealby, Old Bolingbroke and Wold Newton. There are of course many others, all peaceful and serene places that time seems to have forgotten. Those who appreciate the natural countryside will find The Wolds hard to beat.

However, if you are not too keen on hill walking in Lincolnshire and are not too fussed to follow the coastal walks, perhaps consider the Fenland area where nothing reaches much above 10m/32ft. Although you’ll have to take care when planning your route, as drainage ditches are plentiful and can make your passage tricky.

Of course, walking in Lincolnshire, you get a unique sense unlimited countryside under big open skies. Taking a walk around Boston will give you an accurate feel for the Fens and Boston itself is worth a visit – it’s also worth seeing the famous Boston Stump, the tower of the magnificent parish church, which can be seen for miles around. And don’t forget, Spalding, during the tulip festival is a complete riot of magnificent colour in the tulip fields.

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Mar
15

Canoeing on your Stag Weekend

If you’re thinking about trying something a bit wet and wild on your stag weekend, then canoeing should be right up your street – or should that be river? Whether you’re an absolute beginner, or have taken a wave or two before, this is a great team building exercise that involves all the guys on your stag weekend making it an unforgettable experience.

There’s a difference between canoeing and kayaking, canoeing used to primarily be an open decked vessel powered by a single or double paddle and the canoeist would kneel or sit on a bench. Kayaking is powered by a double paddle, and it is a closed vessel and the kayaker sits with legs extended in front. Over the years the lines have blurred and the distinctions have become less strict with canoes now being available closed decked and even in sporting settings, there are few differentiations between the two types of boats.

So why choose canoeing on your stag weekend?

Canoeing is about embracing the great outdoors, feeling the wind and the spray of the water on your face as you negotiate your way through the winding river. It is an exhilarating experience and a great time to share with your friends. As you learn and practice techniques together it is a great way to build team spirit and encourage people to get on which is perfect if you have people in your stag group who haven’t met each other before. It’s not as competitive as some other sports such as paintballing, but it doesn’t mean it is any less exciting as you help each other learn and practice the techniques needed to master the canoe.

What can you expect?

When you arrive at your destination you’ll be briefed on safety which is of course, of utmost importance. You’ll be handed your safety equipment including your helmet and life vest and you’ll be taken down to see the canoes. Once your instructor feels you are ready you’ll hit the water in your canoes and here’s you’ll practice the techniques you’ll need to get the most out of your canoeing experience. Then you’ll have a chance to practice them on the open water.

Out on the water you’ll try to master the art of canoeing and key to achieving this is to try and imagine the canoe as an extension of your body. This can obviously take some time to master but the more you imagine yourself as a single unit in the water, the more control you will find you have.

Canoeing is an energetic sport and don’t be fooled in thinking that strolling down a river in a boat is easy work. this will test your stamina and will certainly build up your appetite and thirst so make sure you have a sturdy meal and perhaps some pints set aside for when you finish.

Mar
08

Coffs Harbour is every adventurer’s and nature-lover’s paradise. It is set in a rich natural environment of unsurpassed beauty that the number of national parks in the area is just huge. In fact, the national parks alone provide enough activities to fill up your entire vacation. So to get you started on nature-trekking, here’s a brief guide to all the natural attractions that await you as you explore Coffs Harbour national parks.

Without question, your first stop should be the Solitary Islands Marine Park, the largest marine area that remains protected and untouched in New South Wales. The park offers views of pristine coastlines and exotic marine wildlife.

Second, get closer to nature by kayaking through Bongil Bongil National Park, one of the best national parks in the area. The park lies to the south of Sawtell. The park is also the ultimate destination when you want to enjoy the beaches, coastline, wetlands, the rainforest, and a diverse plant life all in one place.

If you are into birds, on the other hand, the Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve is one of the must-visit places when you explore Coffs Harbour national parks. It is a significant muttonbird site in New South Wales.

The more adventurous ones can also check out the Skywalk, a walkway suspended 70 meters above the Dorrigo National Park rainforest. This lies to the south of Dorrigo town, and was placed on the World Heritage List in 1986. With 1,173 hectares of beautiful rainforest, it is a testimony of nature’s beauty and is a definite must-see.

Then there’s the old growth eucalypt forest of Ulidarra National Park, featuring a wide array of flora and fauna and some of the oldest coastal eucalypt in the area. The Ulidarra National Park is a toast to the longevity of Australia’s well-protected forests.

You should also drop by the Bellinger River National Park and explore the Coffs Harbour national parks’ full collection of bounty, with slopes, valleys, waterfalls, and a spectacular view. The national park is over at the west of Bellingen near the Bellinger headwaters.

These are just some of the most popular national parks. There are several more Coffs Harbour national parks to explore, such as the Bindarri National Park about 20 km west of Coffs Coast city, the Cascade National Park which veers to the north of Dorrigo, the Coffs Coast Regional Park featuring beachside reserves, the Hayden Dent Nature Reserve to the northwest of Coffs Harbour, the Junuy Juluum National park, the popular Moonee Beach Nature Reserve near Emerald Beach, the Yuraygir National Park, and the Nymboi-Binderay National Park along the Nymboida River.

If you love nature, you should definitely explore Coffs Harbour national parks on your New South Wales visit.

Feb
26

Lost Lake Park is very important to Whistler’s constant attraction; it compliments the mountain during both summer and winter seasons as it offers compelling alternatives to the slopes. The trail system within the park serves as a popular transportation link as it is connected to the Nature Valley Trail.

Lost Lake Park During the Winter

During the wintertime, the Park serves as the cross-country skiing & snow-shoeing hub of Whistler Blackcomb. Trails of all levels snake throughout the park’s boundaries to provide an accommodating experience to all cross-country skiers and snow-shoers alike. The Lost Lake Loop Trail is most popular for snow-shoeing & cross country skiing as it circles the lake and is relatively easy to complete. This trail is 32 km in length and offers views of both Whistler and Blackcomb Mountain. Other popular trails include: Vimy Ridge, Hydro Hill, Poler’s Road, Tin Pants, and Les’ Leap.

Lost Lake Park During the Summer

A summer hot-spot featuring countless ways to enjoy your day. Trails which used to be dedicated to snow-shoeing and cross country skiing are now used for hiking, rollerblading, mountain-biking, and dog walking.

Guests looking to cool off will be happy to hear that there are two separate beaches along its shores. The primary beach near the parking lot is the larger of the two and features barbeque pits, picnic tables, washrooms, and an off-shore dock.

Guests wanting to visit the second beach should head west down the Lost Lake Loop until they reach the small sandy area with a newly built dock. This beach can be seen in the distance from the primary beach making it easy to find. Be warned however, the second beach is clothing optional which might not be ideal for families with children. Families should also be cautioned that there are no active lifeguards; therefore parents should be prepared to keep a keen eye on their children.

Parking at Lost Lake
There is a parking lot; however it is often too crowded due to its small size. Guests are recommended to park in the Village Day Lots and simply walk down to the park.

Although some of Whistler’s amenities are only a brisk 5 minute walk away, the towering evergreen trees of Lost Lake Park impede the outside world and provide a sense of tranquility & seclusion. This seclusion is what makes Lost Lake Park a perfect place for family photos & portraits.