Explore Lincolnshire’s Natural Coastline

Posted on: 8th May 2024
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Natural beaches of the Lincolnshire Coast

If you’re looking to avoid the crowds, soak up the peaceful sounds of waves crashing on to the shore and explore natural coves and wildlife hotspots, the Lincolnshire Coast is certain to suit your trip. From the estuary of the Humber to the marshlands of the Wash, the Lincolnshire coastline runs for more than 50 miles. Nestled between resorts, there is an abundance of wildlife to be discovered and long stretches of natural coastline to trail.

>> Donna Nook

Covering over 10km of coastline between Grainthorpe Haven in the north and Saltfleet in the south, Donna Nook is a National Nature Reserve, probably most famous for it being a home to a colony of grey seals during winter months, where they come onto the Lincolnshire beaches to breed. Usually open from late October to December, the seal viewing area is at the foot of the sand dunes, and this natural spectacle provides the perfect reason to visit the coastline in the off season. Outside of these months, there’s plenty more to see, including 47 species of bird breeding regularly on the site, as well as more uncommon passage migrants and rarities with over 250 species recorded in total.

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>> Anderby Creek

One of the several beaches on an unspoilt stretch of the Lincolnshire coat, Anderby Creek is nestled between Mablethorpe and Skegness. This beach is home to the world’s first purpose-built cloud observation platform, providing panoramic views across the coastline and broad skies above this low lying region. This small village is home to some holiday resorts, but is relatively small compared to its neighbouring towns, providing a more relaxing escape.

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>> Huttoft

A quiet, rural beach, framed by grassy sand dunes, this wide strip of golden sand is a great spot for swimmers, surfers, sea anglers and bird watchers. Also, a popular destination for walking, there are lots of trails to uncover, including a variety of dog friendly walking routes.

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>> Sandilands

Spanning a section of the coast near Sutton-on-Sea and Mablethorpe, Sandilands is a new haven for nature on Lincolnshire’s wild coast. This National Trust site has transformed a former golf course, to create a year-round nature experience for everyone. The habitat will provide a home for a variety of wildlife, particularly migrating birds and breeding birds. It’s the perfect spot to immerse yourself in nature and view the wonders and spectacles that nature provides.

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>> Rimac Nature Reserve / Saltfleetby – Theddlethorpe Dunes

This important reserve contains tidal sand and mudflats, salt and freshwater marshes and sand dunes. The coastal landscape provides a space to immerse yourself in the great outdoors, it’s also a popular spot for beachcombing and discovering wildflowers.

Saltfleetby dunes

>> Frampton Marsh

Whichever season you visit, RSPB Frampton Marsh has plenty of wildlife to watch and trails to tromp. It’s a hotspot for migrating birds and is a perfect landscape for walking and exploring. With a café on site and accessible paths, it’s a great spot for all the family.


>> Freiston Shore

Offering 8km of trails to help you explore an amazing landscape, Freiston Shore provides plenty of viewpoints for watching large groups of waders on the saltwater lagoon at high tide, as well as Tree Sparrows, Yellowgammers and Skylarks being common around the reserve. And there’s lots more wildlife and plenty more bird species to see across the year.

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>> Gibraltar Point National Nature Reserve

This dynamic stretch of unspoilt coastline runs southwards from the edge of Skegness to the mouth of the Wash. You’ll discover impressive views and sheer scale and diversity of wildlife, which makes it worth visiting in any season. There are several accessible paths through Gibraltar Point.

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Places to stay

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Lincolnshire Coastal Cottages

Luxury coastal stays at Lincolnshire Coastal Cottages. A collection of dog-friendly beach holiday retreats with seven elegantly restored cottages…

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Heron's Mead Holiday Park

Escape to the eco-friendly Heron’s Mead Holiday Park, a family-run retreat near Skegness with luxury cottages, wood lodges with hot tubs, and fishing…

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Jasmin Camping

Jasmin Camping is a dog-friendly adult-only touring site with grass and hardstanding electric hookup close to Lincolnshire’s blue flag beaches at…

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Jolly Common Caravan Park

Jolly Common Caravan Park in Huttoft near Anderby Creek is a peaceful nine-ace adults-only site with private fishing lakes near beaches and nature…

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Country Meadows Holiday Park

Country Meadows Holiday Park in Ingoldmells is a family holiday park with self-caterings and touring and camping pitches. Close to the beach with…

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The Lazy Buzzards Cottages

The Lazy Buzzards offers a seasonal camping and glamping retreat near Burgh le Marsh, with electric and off-grid options, glamping bell tents and…



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