Gently rolling countryside juxtaposed by period architecture; Lincolnshire is a county steeped in English character at its finest. From rural escapes to bustling market towns, Lincolnshire hot air balloon rides provide the perfect opportunity to view many of the county's landmarks from a completely new perspective - or more specifically from anything up to 5,000 feet.
Nestled at the southerly point of the county and filled with English character, Stamford Meadows has long been regarded as an area of outstanding beauty, most notably by Sir Walter Scott heralding it to be 'the finest scene between London and Edinburgh'. A hot air balloon ride offers the ideal chance to drift above the intriguing mix of narrow passageways and cobbled streets, spacious squares and honey-coloured architecture.
With five medieval churches, a 12th century priory and 15th century hospital, all complemented by other fine Georgian and Medieval buildings within the town, Stamford today still retains much of what prompted Scott's fond remark.
Depending upon wind direction, a balloon flight from Stamford Meadows may allow you to skim above the quaint stone cottages of West Deeping. Alternatively you may be blown gently towards Deeping St James, a picturesque village set on the banks of the beautiful River Welland. Or maybe you will capture a glimpse of Market Deeping with its triangular marketplace, stone buildings and former coaching inns.
Grantham is another ideal launch site, mentioned in the Domesday book, it became a favourite stop-off for kings and is also home to prestigious country residences. This includes Belvoir Castle, home of the Duke of Rutland, which occupies a commanding position with breathtaking views across the Vale of Belvoir. Its enchanting woodland garden set in a natural amphitheatre and sloping lawns lead down to scenic rose and statue gardens.
Grantham is a great location from which to meander into the bustling town for a drink or two or a perusal around shopping boutiques. Or for those that prefer the rural charm, the showpiece villages of Manthorpe and Belton are close by.
The historical town of Bourne is ideally situated to explore the beauty of Lincolnshire. In close proximity to the infamous fens and wooded uplands, it is also home to one of Lincolnshire's landmarks; Grimsthorpe Castle. The dramatic architecture dating back to the 12th century makes Grimsthorpe Castle a perfect launch site. With various architectural styles colluding together in a 3000 acre park of rolling pastures, lakes and woodland it is no wonder that it has been chosen as the location for many television dramas.
Submitted by Eve Ashwell, Digital Marketing Executive at Virgin Balloon Flights. Virgin Balloon Flights operate the largest fleet of hot air balloons in the UK, offering the experience of hot air ballooning from over 100 launch sites across the country. For more information on Lincolnshire hot air balloon rides visit Virgin Balloon Flights for more details.
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