National Walking Month – A Step In The Right Direction

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What is National Walking Month?

National Walking Month is a campaign organised by the charity Living Streets to encourage people to become more active, to enjoy what Spring has to offer and to take a step in the right direction towards a more active and healthy lifestyle.

For many people, they hear the word “walking” and start to sweat. Walking doesn’t have to mean a hike or brisk walk. Even 20 minutes of steady walking a day can make a difference.



What are the benefits of walking?

It’s free! The majority of the time, walking costs nothing and is a breath of fresh air, quite literally. Walking has been proven to improve both physical and mental wellbeing. There is something therapeutic about getting back to basics, stepping away from technology and taking in your surroundings.

As well as physical and mental benefits, walking brings social benefits too. Even if you start your walk alone, you are almost guaranteed to meet a fellow likeminded walker. Walking groups allow you to meet regularly with fellow walkers, establishing new friendships. Are you a keen walking enthusiast, a serious hiker or a leisurely walker? No matter how long you have been walking for (we’re not talking about the distance), Ashlin Farm Barns could be a great choice for you.

Dog walkers, why not venture further afield? There is no better way than in May with National Walking Month. Be sure to check the best dog walking routes in Lincolnshire.

Struggling to find ways to entertain the children? For many children walking is seen as boring, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Why not use walking as an adventure and set small challenges along the way? Even better, you could attend an organised walk where entertainment has already been thought out for you. Look out for the Let’s see what we can find walk. Although self-led, it includes a clue sheet.


Wondering how to take the first step in the right direction?

May is National Walking Month, so get your walking boots or comfortable shoes on and explore more of what Lincolnshire has to offer. Lincolnshire is home to hundreds of walks. National Walking Month encourages people to get out there through walking festivals, organised walks and encourages you to explore further afield.

Join the campaign by searching for walks around Lincolnshire. Need a place to stay? If you are a novice or seasoned walker and like the thought of a walking break, walking weekend or even a walking holiday, Ashlin Farm Barns is a great base to unwind. We are situated in the heart of Lincolnshire, in a beautiful rural setting and within 10 minutes of Lincoln city centre.


‘Great location for exploring Lincoln. And the swim spa was incredible!’

Julia – South Yorkshire


Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival

Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival takes place between 19th May – 3rd June 2018 and although not within walking distance, it is on our doorstep. The popular Lincolnshire Walking Festival returns for the 14th year. Choose from a range of 100 walks across the East Midlands. No matter your ability, there is a walk for you, ranging from 0.5 miles to 76 miles long.

Not too keen on hills? Lincolnshire has the perfect balance. Renowned for being flat, but still having a variety of hills, Lincolnshire is great for both long and short walks. However, if you are looking for a bit of a challenge whilst visiting the city of Lincoln and want to get your heart pumping, why not take a walk up Steep Hill? As the name suggests, it is steep!

If Steep Hill is not for you, you could look at the wide range of walks organised for the festival including…

  • RAF Woodhall Spa
  • A Seaside Saunter
  • Utterby Evening Walk
  • High Tea Walk
  • Over the Hills & Far Away
  • Walking in the footsteps of Tennyson (for children there is the Children’s Tennyson Country Walk)
  • The Great Walks! Lincs Wolds Way (the biggest walk of the festival)

Lincolnshire has lots to offer to ensure that you have a spring in your step. So why not pack your walking boots and come and join us?


Nature is close to our hearts…

Ashing Lane Nature Reserve is within walking distance of Ashlin Farm Barns and is very much close to our hearts. Nature is in our heritage with the Pickerings Meadow being donated by Elsie Pickering in the 1990’s.



Be prepared

By no means is this a survival guide, but here are a few things we think you should consider before embarking on your journey:

Food & drink

Make sure that you take plenty of water to last the journey, as well as a few extra miles worth on the off chance that you find another route and are not quite ready to venture back. The same goes for food, be sure to take snacks along that are high in energy, but not too high energy that you take a step in the wrong direction. Why not take a picnic and make a day of it? Remember, always be sure to pick up your litter when you have finished.

Preparing for the weather

As you are aware, the British weather is ever changing. We recommend checking the weather forecast beforehand. It is always worth taking a raincoat! Sun cream is also a given in case the sun decides to make an unannounced appearance.

Lights, camera, action

There is nothing worse than when you are about to capture a moment and realising your device is low on battery. Prevent this from happening by making sure that your device is fully charged beforehand. Look around at the changing colours, nature is forever evolving and you could miss capturing a beautiful image. It may be worth having a look at the View through a Lens photography walk, suitable for all enthusiasts out there.

Tell someone where you are going

It is good practice before you venture anywhere to let someone know where you are going and to take a fully charged phone for safe measures.


You will be surprised how much detail you may see on the walks, so be sure to pack your binoculars to ensure that you don’t miss any of the action.

Footpath maps

It is good practice to have an idea of your walking route before you start walking. At the very least, make sure that you have a footpath map and that you keep to the paths when on private property.



“Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time.”

Steven Wright


Want to find a walk that is right for you? Why not refer to the Lincolnshire County Council Walk Search? Interested in taking part in the Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival, why not find out more information today?

Looking for somewhere to stay during your walking adventures? Check out our availability and pricing.

Be sure to join in with the conversation on social media with #TRY20 and #WalkThisMay. Even better, keep us posted on your walking month through our social media platforms so that we can be with you every step of the way.

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