Claythorpe Watermill & Wildfowl Gardens
Tranquil and beautiful, this watermill is a small, family-run attraction at the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds. Sit by the river, soak up some history, have a fabulous lunch, or let the kids off the leash in the small play area. The unusual collections of watefowl walks free by the water, and the owls will give you a stare you won't forget. Meet the otters, marmosets, pygmy goats and wallabies and have fun feeding the birds or the fish.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Parking onsite
- Slope to entrance steep, exit gate not suitable for wheelchairs
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: Open 10 Mar-31 Oct, 10-5 (Mar & Oct, 10-4). Last admission 45 mins before close. Check Facebook or call ahead in early or late season as times may vary; may close in bad weather
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About the area
Much of the fenland around the Wash has been drained of its marshes and reclaimed as highly productive farmland. Further north, the coastline, with its sandy beaches, has been developed to accommodate the holiday industry, with caravans, campsites and the usual seaside paraphernalia. The main resorts are Skegness, Mablethorpe, Cleethorpes and Ingoldmells. Inland, the chalky margin of the Lincolnshire Wolds offers an undulating landscape of hills and valleys, designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Lincoln, the county town, is dominated by its magnificent cathedral. Most of interest in the city is in the uphill area, Steep Hill, ascending from the River Witham; the Bailgate spanned by the Newport Arch, and the Minster Yard with its medieval and Georgian architecture. Boston, on the banks of Witham, was England’s second biggest seaport in the 13th and 14th centuries, when the wool trade was at its height. There are market towns all over the county still holding weekly markets, including Barton-upon-Humber, Boston, Bourne, Brigg, Crowland, Gainsborough, Grantham, Great Grimsby, Holbeach, Horncastle, Long Sutton, Louth, Market Rasen, Scunthorpe, Sleaford, Spalding (the centre of the flower industry), and the elegant Edwardian spa resort of Woodhall Spa.
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