Lincolnshire Coastal Country Park
We work in partnership with Lincolnshire County Council on this stretch of coastline running from Sandilands to Chapel St Leonards. It includes beaches, nature reserves, walking routes and more.
Enjoy stunning sandy beaches and beautiful big skies, and look for coastal birds including avocet, redshank and marsh harrier.
Know before you go
Most of the land is privately owned and dogs must be under close control at all times. Our nature reserves are dog-free zones (with the exception of assistance dogs) to help create a sanctuary for wildlife. The beach is the best place where dogs can be let off the lead if not in a dog restriction zone.
For a full list of restrictions, please see the East Lindsey District Council website.
Riding is allowed on all of the beaches apart from between 1 April and 30 September between 9am and 6pm or when the Blue Flag is flying.
A variety of public footpaths and public rights of way. There is a circular all ability route around Chapel Six Marshes of approximately 600m (0.4 mile). For details on this and other accessible walks, take a look at the Lincolnshire Country Council maps which include information on disabled parking bays, footpath terrain and path slopes.
There are car parks at various points along the coast. These are owned by either Lincolnshire County Council or East Lindsey District Council. Significant car parks are located at:
- Chapel Six Marshes (80 cars)
- Wolla Bank (40 cars)
- Anderby Creek (150 cars)
- Marsh Yard (150 cars)
- Huttoft Car Terrace (200 cars)
- Chapel Point and North Sea Observatory
Please note, car parking charges apply. Public toilets are located at Anderby Creek, Marsh Yard and Huttoft Car Terrace.
Location and map
The Lincolnshire Coastal Country Park is approximately 5 miles of coastline, stretching from Sandilands to Chapel St Leonards, and inland to Hogsthorpe, Mumby, Anderby and Huttoft. Download the full map below.
Habitats and species
The large, open coastline provides a tranquil paradise for wildlife and people alike. Sand dunes in particular provide the perfect habitat for wildflowers like marsh orchids, insects like the sea aster mining bee, and reptiles like common lizard.
Of course our coasts also provide a haven for wading birds. In the winter months, thousands of migrating birds can be seen gathering along the coast. Species of note include redshank, oystercatcher, and lapwing. Birds of prey to look for include marsh harrier and short-eared owl. In summer, look (and listen) for skylarks tumbling and swifts arriving from Africa.
On a brisk day, have a walk along the strandline and look for evidence of washed-up coastal creatures like starfish, mermaid's purses (shark and ray egg cases) and even sea potato! Take a look at our beachcombing page for more ideas of what to look for.
Some of our nature reserves are also home to some very special wildlife. That's why we ask you don't bring dogs into our reserves, so we can continue to protect these unique habitats for wildlife.
Walks and trails
There are walks to suit everyone along the Lincolnshire Coastal Country Park. From serene coastal strolls taking in Lincolnshire's big skies and wide open beaches, to longer distance walks taking you inland to enjoy the wildlife and grazing marshes.
The Park also forms part of the England Coast Path - over 2.5 thousand miles of coastline forming one of the largest continuous coastal paths in the world!
As well as exploring the coast at your own pace, there are various walking routes set by Lincolnshire County Council that you can enjoy. See below for more details.
Chapel Point to Anderby Creek
This circular walk of 3.75 or 5.5 miles takes in a number of nature reserves, the Cloud Bar and the Round and Round House bird hide which shows off stunning views of the coastline. Click below for details and to download the map from the Lincolnshire County Council website.
Huttoft to Sandilands
Anderby Creek to Wolla Bank
Anderby Creek to Marsh Yard and Huttoft Car Terrace
Chapel Six Marshes
This 0.4 mile access for all walk has paths of compacted stone with some bumpy sections and sections with loose stones. By the car park is also an area for picnics, and the walk takes in a wetland area with open water, sand dunes, shrubs and trees which all provide homes for a variety of wildlife. For more information (including slope angles, terrain and disabled parking facilities) click the download button below.
Dynamic Dunescapes is an exciting and ambitious project, rejuvenating some of England & Wales' most important sand dunes for people, communities and wildlife. From Cornwall to Cumbria, the Dynamic Dunescapes project will restore nine key dune areas in England and Wales. These key areas include 34 individual dune sites, including Saltfleetby-Theddlethorpe Dunes and Gibraltar Point in Lincolnshire, and cover up to 7,000 hectares.
Volunteering at one of our nature reserves is ideal for those who enjoy being outdoors in all weathers, would like to do practical conservation work with likeminded others and have an interest in wildlife.
For information on how to volunteer in the Lincolnshire Coastal Country Park, please visit our work parties page and click on ‘East Lincolnshire’.
Read our latest blogs for wildlife sightings from across the Lincolnshire Coastal Country Park. Coast and The Wash Assistant Warden, Richard Doan, tells us what species he's seen and what wildlife we should be looking out for each month.
Lincolnshire Coastal Country Park - October 2021
Although October failed to produce the favourable wind directions for scarce migrant birds there were lots of interesting sightings to…
Lincolnshire Coastal Country Park - September 2021
September was an excellent month for sightings with a couple of locals finding some unusual hawkmoths in their gardens, a new record…
Lincolnshire Coastal Country Park – August 2021
With northerly winds during the month, August was very exciting for our local sea watchers. They put in a huge amount of time (118 hours…
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