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Beautiful scenery and outstanding produce at Wolds Outdoor Festival

“Jaw-dropping” views and “mouth-watering” local produce on daily walks through Wolds estate

A country estate In the Lincolnshire Wolds is getting firmly behind the inaugural Wolds Outdoor Festival, and so are its luxurious local producers.

South Ormsby Estate is hosting daily walking tours through the 3,000 acre estate in partnership with the Lincolnshire Wolds Outdoor Festival from April 30 to June 5.

Complete with a tour of an award winning gin distillery, a hearty lunch of locally reared beef and an experimental luxury dessert, the three mile walking tours offer some of the best sights, scenery and flavours that the Wolds have to offer.

The Lincolnshire Wolds Outdoor Festival 2022 is a brand new event which kicks off this spring with an array of exciting activities across the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The spiritual successor to the Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival, the programme encourages people to get out and explore the stunning scenery of the Wolds with events and activities.

The guided tours at South Ormsby Estate will let walkers explore the historic parkland near South Ormsby Hall before venturing through secluded woodland and expansive fields, taking in amazing views over the Wolds and spotting some of the area’s diverse plant and animal life including the estate’s original population Lincoln Red cattle and poultry.

Walkers will also have the chance to sample some of the new gins being produced by the award winning Massingberd-Mundy Distillery as well as locally reared Massingberd-Mundy Lincoln Red Beef and a new, luxury dessert product that’s being developed by the estate team.

Damien Howard-Pask from South Ormsby Estate said:

“While people join us for a pleasant walk through an amazing landscape, they’ll learn about ecology and conservation as well as the enterprise and entrepreneurship which makes the Lincolnshire Wolds such a fascinating place.

“For the last few years, we’ve been working to create a dynamic and sustainable rural economy in the heart of the Wolds, where tradition meets ingenuity and quality is paramount. 

“People who join our walks get to see one of the world’s largest herds of original population Lincoln Red cattle, which we’re helping from the brink of extinction through sustainable farming and an online retail model. They’ll also visit the multi-award winning Massingberd-Mundy Distillery which is quickly building international acclaim for its exceptional gins made with locally sourced ingredients. Walkers will also be among the first to try some exciting new products which are still in development.

“These rural enterprises make a walk through South Ormsby Estate a particularly interesting proposition because you’ll experience both jaw-dropping landscapes and mouth-watering local produce while we talk you through our amazing history and our vision for the future.”

The three mile guided tours at South Ormsby Estate are free for members of the public who also register as Friends of South Ormsby Estate, and £5 for non-members. Registering as a friend is completely free and can be done at the time of booking a guided walk.

Tours run every day from 1-4pm but must be booked in advance. Gin samples are limited to participants who are at least 18 years old and good footwear and weather appropriate clothing is strongly recommended. The walks are suitable for families with children but dogs are not welcome on the tours as walkers may come near roaming livestock. To book, visit www.southormsbyestate.co.uk/woldsoutdoorfestival

Guided walks at South Ormsby Estate are just one of many varied events taking place during the Lincolnshire Wolds Outdoor Festival. Whether it’s a steady stroll through the fields, a challenging cycle through the hills or some heart racing high rope adventures, there’s something for everyone in the Festival this year.

Chair of the Outdoor Festival steering group, Geoffrey Newmarch, said:

“We’re very excited about the diverse programme of events at our inaugural Wolds Outdoor Festival which showcases the very best of our Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The eclectic mix of events is all thanks to the fantastic business community and local groups who are putting these activities on, including South Ormsby Estate who are hosting walks every day of the festival. I’m hoping to join in on one of these walks myself and can’t wait to try some of the world class local produce they have to offer.”

Councillor Adam Grist, East Lindsey District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Market Towns and Rural Economy, added:

“The Outdoor Festival is all about encouraging residents and visitors to the area to try out something new whilst exploring the beautiful surrounds of the Lincolnshire Wolds; the Festival Programme is packed full of activities and events that will do just that and my thanks go to the team who have brought the festival to fruition and all the groups and businesses who have lent their support too.”

The Lincolnshire Wolds Outdoor Festival is being developed collaboratively by a steering group of organisations, including: The Ramblers, Lincolnshire Wolds Countryside Service, Active Lincolnshire, Stourton Estates, Heritage Lincolnshire, Lincolnshire County Council, North East Lincolnshire Council and East and West Lindsey District Councils; with East Lindsey District Council serving as lead delivery partner.

Details of all events and activities taking place can be found in the Festival programme which is available at attractions and venues across the Wolds and from www.woldsoutdoorfestival.com.

To book a walking tour of South Ormsby Estate, please visit www.southormsbyestate.co.uk/woldsoutdoorfestival 

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