Hanworth Country Park has come a long way since Steve Plumb’s family bought the place back in the 1930s. Today the old farmland is a myriad of lakes of different sizes, with the pond the farm’s horses used to drink from now a conservation area. The space beyond, meanwhile, is home to glamping pods, static caravans, touring pitches and a modern bar-café with free WiFi.
For die-hard tent campers it may all sound far too tamed but it’s a tale of two campsites: Behind the conservation lake, in a string of native trees, wild tent camping pitches are being introduced for 2021, which enjoy a quieter part of the park and a much more back-to-basics feel (but still have access to the modern toilets and showers the place affords). Another main camping meadow, meanwhile, sits in its own separate space, opposite the touring park and a little closer to the railway line that runs along the eastern perimeter of the site (the last trains usually stop just after 10pm).
Unsurprisingly, Hanworth is popular with wildlife as well as campers. Fish (and the trees) attract ample birdlife, and squirrels love the woodland areas, where they seem unperturbed by kids and dogs – both of which are welcome at the campsite.
A footpath runs down either side of the park, so it’s easy to look for wildlife beyond the confines of camp. Follow it far enough and you can even walk all the way to Lincoln, where the castle, cathedral and Medieval Bishops' Palace await. It’s a good two hour’s walk, though, so the 10-minute drive or hopping on the bus in Potterhanworth are more popular options.
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From the host
Set in 42 acres, and developed from agricultural land, on the outskirts of Potterhanworth Village. With beautiful settings and several lakes for fishing, as well as a variety of accommodation, makes Hanworth Country Park somewhere to suit all of the family.
It's a 10-minute walk to the village of Potterhanworth, where amenities include a central pub, a large playing field with a play park, a skateboard park and tennis courts, plus a bus stop on the Lincoln to Sleaford and Lincoln to Boston routes – handy for car-free trips into Lincoln, the main attraction. Head into the old city and take a stroll down the charming Steep Hill. This cobbled street has an assortment of historical buildings, including the Jew's House (01522 524851), a 12th-century building (now a restaurant) associated with Lincoln's once thriving medieval Jewish community. Steep Hill's name is accurate, and after a handrail-assisted ascent you can enjoy a well-earned pint in the Magna Carta pub (01522 538884), which stands conveniently between the castle and the cathedral.
Food and drink
There's an on-site café (Brewers Cafe-Bar), open to the public as well as campers. But, if you feel like a change of scene, it's a 15-minute walk to The Chequers (07538 291978) in Potterhanworth, a red-brick Victorian pub in the middle of the village. It's worth getting in the car, though, or walking a little further to The Butcher & Beast (01522) 790386) in Heighington. This welcoming old stone Batemans pub is in the centre of the village (served by regular buses) and is well known for its award winning floral displays with baskets of flowers all over the exterior. There's a good restaurant, while dogs are welcome in the bar area.