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Wanderlust Camp

UK England East Midlands Lincolnshire Horncastle

  • Children’s playground
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
Traditional tent and campervan camping in the heart of the Lincolnshire Wolds, with campfires permitted and activities for kids
If you ever feel nostalgic for those childhood days where every trip out to the woods in the summer was an adventure, then Wanderlust Camp is the kind of place for you. Only in it’s early stages of creation it still has that new campsite smell… you know, the smell of freshly mown grass, campfire smoke wafting in the breeze and pegs being carefully pushed into the ground one after the other after the other. And if you don’t know what that smells like, then you’ve obviously never really been camping.

And camping is what this is. Tents scatter the grassy meadow, home to simple, undesignated pitches without electrical hook-ups, and the caravan brigade are banished, heading further east to the coast, where holiday parks pepper the seaside towns. For children there’s a play house, while a clever, mini-observatory makes the most of Lincolnshire’s dark skies (Wanderlust is located in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with extremely low levels of light pollution). By the time the campfires have withered away into small white coals, constellations scatter across the sky.

By day, the newness of the site means sparkling modern facilities, with toilets, showers and a communal BBQ area, while a few loosely organised activities provide extra inspiration to keep the kids at bay. Among them, harnessing the campsite’s musical instruments is a particularly daring choice – it’s never quite clear whether it will result in far more or far less noise. For those who don’t mind practicing their patience, a few pounds also gets you access to the fishing lake, naturally stocked and worth giving a try on sunnier days. Even if the fish don’t nibble, it’s a perfect pleasure to lounge on the banks and soak up the sunlight!

Nearby there is plenty to do. The Viking Way is ideal for ramblers and can be accessed directly from the site, diving you straight into the heart of the Lincolnshire Wolds and taking in the most famous points of the landscape. Alternatively hop in the car and head to Cleethorpes, a seaside town nearby with an excellent sandy beach and a growing reputation for its kite surfing. From here the coast edges into varied marshes and wetlands, home to a couple of excellent nature reserves, so when you’re done in town you quickly escape straight back into nature.

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Facilities

Facilities block with toilets and hot showers. Campfires are welcome in the designated fire pits and there’s also a communal campfire and a BBQ area. There's a playhouse and there are arts and crafts activities on offer. Activity days are also organised by the owners, including using the mini observatory to learn about the night sky, growing your own vegetables and the opportunity to try your hand at a musical instrument. The fishing lake can be used at a small extra cost.

Suitable For

Campers, children, most dogs are allowed (please check first) and quiet groups – yes. Caravans, campervans and motorhomes – no. Also, no cars are allowed on the field at any time.

Nearby

To the north, the old market town of Louth is worth a visit (with market days on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays) and marks the perimeter of the Lincolnshire Wolds AONB (01507 609740), with good walking and cycling routes to offer – though many lead directly from the campsite itself. Head east for a range of good beaches and the excellent Saltfleetby–Theddlethorpe Dunes National Nature Reserve. Wildlife fans will also enjoy Frampton Park Nature Reserve (01205 724678) and Gibraltar Point Nature Reserve (01754 898057). For a little history, flying and military enthusiasts should take in the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre (01790 763207), home to the Lancaster bomber, Just Jane, or venture further afield to the county capital of Lincoln to visit impressive Lincoln Castle (01522 792040) and Lincoln Cathedral (01522 561500).

Food & Drink

The Bluebell Inn (01507 533602) is only a short 15-minute walk from camp or take a short drive to the nearby town of Horncastle where you’ll find a wider choice. The Thai Dining Room (01507 525210) is particularly good if you’re looking for something different or, for a light bite at lunchtime, try The Old Stables Coffee Shop (01507 523253) – their cakes are amazing.

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