62.60 ha (154.68 acres)

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Explorer 273
OS Landranger 121

The woodland at Wragby is made up of Goltho Wood and Kingthorpe Wood and is the perfect place for both nature lovers and archaeology buffs. Pass through woodland and wetland, then shady limewoods, on to an expansive, flat landscape containing medieval and monastic sites.

How to get to Wragby

This 82-hectare (202.6-acre) site is made up of Kingsthorpe Wood (19.4 hectares/48 acres) and Goltho Wood (62.6 hectares/154.7 acres).

It is to the west of Wragby and to the north-west of Lincoln.

Goltho Wood lies directly on the main Lincoln to Skegness road (A158), just 12.8km (8 miles) east of Lincoln and 1.6km (1 mile) west of Wragby. At Wragby, join the A1583 towards Lincoln and after 2km (2 miles), take the first turning left sign-posted Goltho. There is an entrance immediately on your right and then two other entrances further on, both on your right: one just before the track to the medieval village site, and another opposite Goltho fishing lakes. A fourth entrance can be found after turning right towards Apley.

Kingthorpe Wood lies adjacent to a small lane off the B1202, approximately 1.6km (1 mile) south of Wragby. Heading south from Wragby on the B1202, turn right in the hamlet of Kingthorpe onto a narrow lane which leads to Apley. After around 0.5km (0.3 miles) the wood can be found on the right-hand side of the road.

The nearest train station is at Market Rasen, approximately 10 miles away.

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There are bus stops on the main road that serve Rand Farm, just off the site. If you are travelling by public transport, the nearest bus route is the Interconnect 6 (Lincoln to Skegness) which stops at Wragby, or on the A158 near Rand Farm.

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Facilities and access

Goltho has a network of 3.5km (2.1 miles) of paths. There is a surfaced path up to the picnic area at Kingthorpe Wood, but please be aware that all paths can be wet and muddy at times.

There are a few places to park at the entrance to Goltho Wood and space for up to four cars at the entrance to Kingthorpe Wood.

The nearest public toilets are in Wragby marketplace. These are open between 7am-6pm in the summer and 10am-4pm in winter.

Wildlife and habitats


The woods at Goltho, along with the other habitats in the varied landscape, boast a wide variety of wildlife, especially butterflies. Be sure to look out for species such as white admiral, speckled wood and the rarer brown hairstreak.

The watery areas of the site are also a likely home for the newts, frogs, toads and water voles which inhabit the wider landscape.

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Trees, plants and fungi

Wander through Wragby and take in the many broadleaf trees standing tall here, from ash to aspen.

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Areas of new planting at Wragby buffer and protect sections of ancient woodland. As part of the Lincolnshire Limewoods, the site also extends a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Areas of grassland and newer wetland have increased the biodiversity of the site and act as protection for archaeological remains.


History of Wragby

The adjacent ancient woods and hedgerows are part of a relic, medieval landscape and include the remains of Goltho village – occupied from the Iron Age to the late Middle Ages – which underlies the wood along its eastern fringes.

In the 14th century, Goltho village became a victim of the widespread abandonment of settlements following the Black Death, and today all that remains of its fascinating past is the church which stands on an elevated position to the east of the wood.

Dedication bench at Watkins Wood

Dedicate at this wood

This wood is one of more than 50 across the UK where it's possible to dedicate trees, benches or larger areas of woodland. Mark a special occasion or celebrate the life of a loved one with a meaningful gesture that lasts. 

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Things to do in Wragby

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A lasting legacy

This wood is just one of many to have been protected by gifts in wills, securing it for generations to come. Your legacy gift could also make a real difference to woods, trees and wildlife.

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Wragby Management Plan

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