New Lindsey Trail will open up natural beauty

A NEW countryside trail – one of the country’s first long-distance routes for carriage drivers – is being officially opened by MP Edward Leigh this weekend.

The Lindsey Trail through the Lincolnshire Wolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is a 69 mile circular route which can be used by carriage drivers, horse riders, cyclists and walkers.

The trail, which goes as far south as Horncastle, mainly uses the existing public highway network incorporating both surfaced and unsurfaced quiet lanes, byways and restricted byways.

It aims to encourage and promote countryside access for the local community and visitors to the Lincolnshire Wolds AONB area.

The Forestry Commission has also given permission to use more than two-and-a-half miles of forest tracks through Willingham Woods.

Local carriage drivers came up with the initial idea and then worked on developing the route.

A number of groups and organisations have now contributed to the project including carriage driving group the British Driving Society, British Horse Society, Lincolnshire Wolds AONB Countryside Service, Lincolnshire County Council and East Lindsey District Council.

Poacher Harness Club member Sheila Brookes said: “This is a great example of partnership working. The trail has been eagerly anticipated and will provide users with a great opportunity to explore the Lincolnshire Wolds countryside.”

The trail will be formerly opened by MP Edward Leigh at a ceremony in Willingham Woods on Sunday, April 29 at 11am.

The opening ceremony will be followed by a ride along part of the trail. Guests will be able to ride their own horse or bike and there may be an opportunity to ride on a carriage.