Sleaford is a market town in Lincolnshire, near Lincoln Cliff, a limestone scarp running north and south through Lindsey and Kesteven. This ancient town lies on the edge the Fens, a rugged stretch of marshes, moors, farmland, wildflower meadows, and coastal creeks. It lies on the banks of the River Slea and the Sleaford Canal, both of which are pleasant places for a stroll or picnic. On the doorstep of your holiday cottage in Sleaford, the historic town centre features an interesting variety of independent businesses. For a pint of Lincolnshire ale, try the Barge and Bottle, on the riverbank. Overlooking the marketplace, St Denys’ is a graceful parish church, part of which date back to the 12th century, including a broach spire which is believed to be one of England’s oldest.
Other landmarks to look out for include the 15th-century half-timbered vicarage, Cogglesford Mill, which is the town’s only remaining watermill, and the ruins of Sleaford Castle. The National Centre for Craft and Design is a popular place to visit on self-catering holidays in Sleaford, with exhibits of locally produced work, and workshops for designers in residence. Sleaford Museum is well worth a visit, with fascinating exhibits on the town’s agricultural heritage. On the southern edge of the town, Mareham Pastures Nature Reserve is a picturesque place for walking and wildlife-watching, as is Lollycocks Field, nearer the town centre.
A short drive northward from holiday cottages in Sleaford, the city of Lincoln is best known for its Gothic cathedral, which was once the world’s tallest building, and for its 11th-century castle. The rolling hills of the Lincolnshire Wolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty are also nearby, providing superb hiking and far-reaching views across the county. The countryside is dotted with picturesque villages, such as Woodhall Spa, Billinghay, Digby and Kirkby on Bain.