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The Lincoln Guides: 5 of the most scenic villages near Lincoln

5 scenic villages near Lincoln

Lincoln is a fantastic city which is surrounded by lots of gorgeous villages. Here are 5 of the most scenic villages near the centre (but there are so many more to explore!) - I'd highly recommend paying them a visit if you're looking for a trip out.

Aubourn Lincoln
© Richard Croft

1. Aubourn

Aubourn is situated 8 miles south of Lincoln and is really well situated for walks and horse riding. Aubourn Hall (pictured above) is a beautiful early to mid-17th-century house set in 1.2 hectares of gardens which are often open for visitors to look around. The village has a one way system which is unusual for a small village and is home to a lovely pub, The Royal Oak.

© Oliver Mills

2. Heighington

Heighington is around 5 miles from the centre and is a village that adjoins another beautiful area called Washingborough. Part of Heighington lies within a conservation area and there are a number of listed homes in the area. The village has great amenities including two pubs, a small supermarket and two village halls.

© Graham Hogg

3. Nettleham

Nettleham is a large village within the West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire. It is a delightful village to visit, with a picturesque village green, dreamy stone cottages and a sparkling beck. It's well served for amenities with four pubs and a number of shops, and has a lovely play area too. There's also a tea shop which is a great option if you're not a pub fan.

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4. Navenby

There are a number of villages in Lincoln which sit along the cliff, and are known as the Cliff Villages. They are ideally situated for panoramic views across Lincolnshire and all of them are beautiful and well worth a visit or a drive through as it's a lovely scenic drive. Navenby is one of the larger Cliff Villages and is a bustling village filled with shops, pubs, florists and delicious bakeries.

© Neil Theasby

5. Tealby

Situated on the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds, Tealby is often cited as one of the best places to visit in Lincolnshire. Classed as an area of outstanding beauty, it attracts many visitors with its picturesque houses, walks, views and local businesses. It is a classic, picture postcard English village and is also home to The Vintage Tearooms which are very highly regarded. The village even has its own website which you can visit here.

Pregnancy: The First Trimester

If you read my earlier post or saw my post on Instagram, you'll know that we are expecting baby number two in March! I'm now 15 weeks so am in my second trimester and it is lovely to be starting to feel a little more normal, although I'm still having to take naps when Florence is napping so am hoping that will ease up a bit soon.

As soon as I found out I was pregnant I started writing a diary with my symptoms so that I could share them on here. So let's whizz back in time to those early weeks and the first trimester...

4 weeks

I'm writing this the day after we found out I'm pregnant so very early days. The first symptom I noticed about a week before my period was due was that my boobs felt heavy and were pretty sore. I always needed to go to the toilet a lot, felt ridiculously hungry (and nothing would satisfy it - it was constant hunger pangs), felt slightly nauseous and also so tired. I had to take a few naps in the day to get me through which I haven't had to do for months. When I look back at my symptoms with Florence they were almost identical! 

I held out from testing until the day my period was due and used a first response. With Florence I tested a couple of days later and even then the line was so very faint, but this time the line appeared in about two seconds and was so strong - I couldn't believe it. 

6 weeks

I'm now almost 7 weeks and my symptoms have stayed pretty similar. I've been really tired and find it hard to make it through the day without a nap. I've also come down with a cold (I suspect from Florence's nursery) and that has not been fun as I've been a snotty mess and can't take any of the good cold medicine. My appetite has been small but could be related to the cold. I went to Aldi this evening and bought a few things I've not bought in forever like spaghetti hoops and ready made mash potato. I was also craving tiger bread with lots of butter so that went in the trolley! 

I haven't had any sickness but random things make me feel like I'm about to vom - like a strong smelling cheese. We stayed in an AirBnB this weekend and there were a couple of rogue hairs and a dirty mug in the apartment - it made me feel awful.

8 weeks

We told our parents and my sister around 7 weeks and it was amazing. We asked Florence where the baby was and she pointed to my stomach - it was so funny seeing the penny drop. My Mum had been suspecting it but it even took her a little while to click! They are all over the moon and I can't wait to tell more people when we have had our scan. 

I am still feeling pretty tired and usually have a nap when Florence is to get me through. I don't feel like I'm much fun at the moment! Getting to sleep at night is also taking me longer and is annoying as isn't something I usually have an issue with.

My appetite is smaller than usual but I have to eat frequently as there's a very thin line between hunger and nausea. I've had a few days where I've felt quite sicky but it's not been too bad and nothing compared to what others have. I've been having round ligament pains a little bit too, especially when I sneeze. Something I had forgotten about from last time.

On the whole I'm feeling very similar to last time and although I have a toddler to look after, I'm so grateful to not have to commute and work in an office all day.

12 weeks

The tiredness has eased up slightly and I don't seem to be having as many odd rough days which is good. I'm still having naps every so often but generally feeling more normal. One symptom I've had this time round is insomnia which is so annoying as I love my sleep and usually have a solid night. I'll either wake up for an hour in the middle of the night or wake up before 6am and can't get back to sleep.

We have just had our 12 week scan and it was amazing to see the baby wriggling and dancing around! It wasn't in the right position to be measured so I had to do a few star jumps to wake him/her up - luckily it did the trick and my due date has been moved to a couple of days earlier than expected. Chris was able to come into the scan with me but had to wait outside before and after. He had about two hours in the car whilst I met a midwife and had my blood taken etc - I've not missed the regular blood tests and urine samples.

I'm definitely showing earlier this time, especially in the evenings and have had to start wearing maternity clothes a lot earlier. I have to admit, I'm loving being able to wear pregnancy jeans again!

You can read my first trimester diary with Florence here.

The Lincoln Guides: 5 of the Best Restaurants in Lincoln

5 of the best restaurants in Lincoln

There are so many places to eat in Lincoln, from the independent restaurants in the Bailgate and on Steep Hill to the Brayford Waterfront area where more of the chains live. There are so many options to choose from and it can be easy to be overwhelmed. After asking the Lincoln Bloggers UK crew for their top recommendations, there were some clear winners and they have all made it into the top 5.

1. Kine

Kine restaurant Lincoln

6 W Parade, Lincoln LN1 1JT

Kine started in 2017 by doing pop up events around Lincoln and they fully opened as a restaurant in September 2018 so will soon be celebrating their 2 year anniversary! They have a small but ever-changing menu as their commitment to using local and in season produce is a big priority. Some of their best-sellers include Roasted Cauliflower and Hummus, Crispy Green Beans and our Buttermilk Fried Chicken. Their cheese burger and chicken sandwich also prove very popular!

Kine Restaurant Lincoln

2. Ole Ole Tapas Bar & Restaurant

Ole Ole Tapas Bar Lincoln

Union Road 3 ingleman Place, The Lawns, Lincoln LN1 3AP

Ole Ole Tapas is a family run authentic Spanish tapas bar and restaurant in the heart of Lincoln. They are a busy, exciting and vibrant restaurant who are always trying to bring a slice of Spain to Lincoln through their food and service. Established in 2013, the Ole Ole family is passionate about food as you can see from their fantastic menu. From a date night to a large family meal, it's perfect for any occasion. 

3. Thailand No.1

Thailand No.1 Lincoln

80-81 Bailgate, Lincoln, LN1 3AR

Situated on Bailgate, Thailand No.1 offers exceptional service and authentic Thai Cuisine. They have a wealth of classic Thai dishes which use the freshest ingredients including herbs, spices and exotic vegetables sent to them every week from growers in Thailand. In additional to the traditional menu, there are some fantastic banquet set menus to choose from which include two Vegetarian options - I love it when a restaurant caters just as well for Vegetarians.

Thailand No.1 Lincoln

4. Castle View Indian

Castle View, 11 Union Road, Lincoln LN1 3BJ

Castle View Indian Lincoln
Castle View Indian is an authentic Indian restaurant based at the heart of historic Lincoln. As soon as we moved to Lincoln, we asked for recommendations for the best Indian and Castle View came up repeatedly - not bad for a restaurant that only opened three years ago in 2016! Nestled in the shadow of the Castle (so a lovely historic part of the city) it serves a variety of dishes ranging from traditional dishes to more experimental ones. The restaurant was awarded the Outstanding Indian Restaurant of the Year Overall winner at the English Asian Food Awards in 2019.

5. Duke William Pub & Kitchen

Duke William Lincoln

44 Bailgate, Lincoln LN1 3AP

Recently refurbished, The Duke William is a historic building set in Bailgate and is home to a pub serving delicious British home cooked food. Offering a stylish and comfortable environment, you can also choose to stay there and make it a real break. They are very environmentally conscious and taking great steps forward including offering more plant-based food options and working with suppliers to reduce unnecessary packaging.

Hope this has given you some inspiration for where to eat when you're next in Lincoln. I had to include some other restaurants which came highly recommended and almost made the cut  - these included The Cosy Club, The Swan Holme and Olivares Tapas.